Sudan things to see and do

Tourist offices

Ministry of Tourism and National Heritage

PO Box 13226, Khartoum, Sudan
Tel: (183) 472 604.

Things to see and do

Coral reefs

Civil war and political instability prevent travellers from undertaking watersports activities at present, although there is normally great scope for them on the Red Sea coast, including swimming, diving on coral reefs and fishing for barracuda, sharks and grey cod.

Dinder National Park

Covering 6,475 sq km (2,500 sq miles) southeast of Khartoum on the Ethiopian border, the Dinder National Park is one of the largest in Africa. 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).

Gezira

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.

Jebel Marra

Jebel Marra, at more than 3,088m (10,100ft), 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.

Khartoum

With Omdurman, the old national capital, and Khartoum North, Khartoum 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 4,000BC 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).

Omdurman

With Omdurman, the old national capital, and Khartoum North, Khartoum 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 4,000BC 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).

Pyramids of Meroe

Just north of Khartoum, the pyramids of Meroe are Sudan’s most iconic tourist site. The product of a culture quite different to that of Egypt, these brick-built and steep-sided pyramids sprout in groups of a dozen at a time, and there’s not a tourist tout offering souvenirs or camel rides in sight. Nearby are the archaeological sites of Naqa and Musawarat Es Sufra.

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 richness of the reefs and fish are what Egypt’s were before the advent of package tourism. The busy Port Sudan, Suakin, famous during the Ottoman era, and the Arous Tourist Village, 50km (30 miles) north of Port Sudan, are just three centres from which to explore the coast. Erkowit, 1,200m (3,930ft) above sea level, is a beautiful resort in the coastal mountains and is famed for its evergreen vegetation.

Southern Provinces

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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