Travel Warning: Due to sporadic demonstrations that occur throughout the country, the Foreign Office in the UK advises against all travel to Darfur, and all but essential travel to specific other areas of 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 are along the Nile, including the famous pyramids at Meroe.
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.
Sudan is bordered by Egypt, the Red Sea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Chad and Libya – and the newly independent South Sudan. 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 parts of the country owing to civil conflict. The ongoing fighting and resulting humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region has, for obvious reasons, has negatively impacted upon the recent attempt to kickstart touristic growth in the country.