Sudan is the largest country in the African continent, yet it is the least visited. Unfortunately, political turmoil discourages visitors and limits travel. However, the country has a number of interesting cities and also areas in the north east and in the south where visitors can experience a fantastic tropical landscape. One of the most appealing aspects of Sudan’s cities is the safe environment they provide for visitors, unlike most African cities.
Khartoum is one of the most modern cities in Africa, with a well defined road network, rows of high-rises and a good range of amenities. The city at first appears dusty, polluted and uninteresting, but visitors who look beyond the haze will find an interesting culture, warm community and even some attractive spots. Khartoum often wins visitors over with its safeness.
Divers can enjoy the depths of the Red Sea on a diving trip from Port Sudan. Aside from the diving, Port Sudan has little attractions apart from a handful of colonial buildings. Omdurman is located on the other side of the White Nile, and has a few notable sites including Sudan’s largest Souq, a camel market, the tomb of Madhi and Beit al-Khalifa.
Karima is a northern market town, and the jumping off point for a number of ancient sites nearby. Just outside the city, the 100m Jebel Barkal is a sacred mountain which provides a fantastic vista over the Nile. At the foot of the mountain, ancient Egyptian ruins provide a fascinating Cushite site. The Jebel Marra Mountains, in the west of Sudan is a stunning scene of hills, rivers and orchards, and a great place for a walking tour.
Khartoum is the best place to find quality accommodation, and even boasts a Hilton. Standards are low however, and drop even lower outside of the main cities. Khartoum Airport is easily accessed from Africa and the rest of the world. Connections to Europe and America are provided by British Airways, while Sudan Airways serves the rest of Africa and the Middle East.