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Note: Travel in Sudan outside Khartoum, Omdurman and the Northern State is considered dangerous. Two borderline civil wars continue to see violence, in Southern Sudan and particularly in Darfur, while extremist groups target foreign visitors for attacks and kidnapping, particularly in the Upper Nile regions and near the Ethiopian border.

Sudan has only recently been developed as a tourist destination, and communications and facilities are still limited outside Khartoum. Travel restrictions are also in force in much of the country owing to the presence of separatist insurgents. There is currently a civil war in the south of the country and this, for obvious reasons, has negatively impacted upon the recent attempt to kick-start tourist growth in the country.

Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles. Among the tourist attractions here are the Omdurman camel market, the Arab souk and the National Museum. The main areas of archaeological interest include Bajrawiya, Naga and Meroe.

The Dinder National Park, on the Ethiopian border, is one of the largest in the world, and home to numerous species of wild animals. The Red Sea, with the transparency of its water, the variety of its fish and the charm of its marine gardens and coral reefs, is one of Sudan’s main attractions.


The capital is situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles. With Omdurman, the old national capital,
and Khartoum North, it forms one unit called the ‘three-towns capital’. Among the tourist attractions are the Omdurman camel market and the Arab souk. A good selection of Sudanese handicrafts is sold in several shops in the centre and in the reception halls of bigger hotels.

Particularly noteworthy from a historical and artistic point of view is a visit to the well-organised National Museum, which contains archaeological treasures dating back to 4000 BC and earlier. A visit to the Khalifa’s House Museum will reward those who are interested in Sudan’s more recent history, especially the reign of the Mahdi (1881-1899).

A visit to the Gezira model farm and a trip along the Nile to the dam at Jebel Aulia, where the Nile is especially rich in fish, are recommended. Sunset on the river is spectacular. The main areas of archaeological interest in Sudan are to be found beside the Nile north of Khartoum. They include Bajrawiya, El Kurru, Meroe, Musawarat, Naga and Nuri.

Dinder National Park

Covering 6475 sq km (2500 sq miles) southeast of Khartoum on the Ethiopian border, the Dinder National Park is one of the largest in the world. There are many species of wild animals, including lion, giraffe, leopard, kudu, bushbuck and antelope, and birds such as guinea fowl, vulture, pelican, stork, kingfisher and the beautiful crown crane. Special three-day trips from Khartoum are organised in the high season (December to April).

The Red Sea

With the transparency of its water, the variety of its fish and the charm of its marine gardens and coral reefs, the Red Sea is one of Sudan’s main tourist attractions. The busy Port Sudan, Suakin, famous during the Ottoman era, and the Arous Tourist Village, 50 km (30 miles) north of Port Sudan, are just three centres from which to explore the coast. Erkowit, 1200 m (3930 ft) above sea level, is a beautiful resort in the coastal mountains and is famed for its evergreen vegetation.

The West

Jebel Marra, at more than 3088 m (10,100 ft), is the highest peak in the Darfur region of western Sudan. It is a region of outstanding scenic beauty, with waterfalls and volcanic lakes and a pleasant climate and, consequently, a favoured resort.

The South

The Southern Provinces are characterised by green forests, open parkland, waterfalls and treeless swamps abounding with birds and wild animals such as elephant, black and white rhino, common eland, Nile lechwe, lesser kudu, bisa oryx, zebra, crocodile, hippo, hyena, buffalo and the almost extinct shoebill. The Gemmeiza Tourist Village, situated in the heart of East Equatoria, is considered of special interest, owing to the abundance of game in that area.





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