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The city of Khartoum is the largest and capital city of Sudan. The climate in Sudan is mainly tropical and which is spilt into the spring, fall, spring and winter. The winter months are considered the ideal time to visit the country, when the warm weather is pleasant and enjoyable for travelers. Sudan is home to over 500 different tribes, a rich culture, many traditions and an excellent cuisine. Its popular foods are beef stews, mashed beans, flat bread and thick millet/corn porridges. The majority of the Sudanese people are Muslims and many indigenous tribes practice animism. Over 100 indigenous languages are spoken in Sudan, with Arabic and English as its official languages.
The largest airport and main carrier for air travel in Sudan is located in its capital city of Khartoum. There are also inland airlines available for travel within the country, however, the railway network is slow and not a very convenient means of getting around. For intra city travel, there are buses, taxis, minibuses and car rentals. Sudan is one of the safest places to visit in Africa and the crime rate is at a low. The Nuba Mountains, Darfur and the borderlands with South Sudan are out of bounds to travelers and considered the less safe locations to see. Keep in mind also that scorpions are common in the desert.
Sudan will delight you with its historic sites, natural attraction and museums. The people of Sudan celebrate all their festivals with great enthusiasm. Some of the fascinating festivals you can attend while in Sudan include: Sufi Holiya Festival, the traditional Sufi music and dance festival, Eid-Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), Sudan’s Cultural Heritage and Museums Festival and the Mawlid an-Nabi, which celebrates the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
Sudan’s attractions are some of the most appealing, it boasts of fascinating sites celebrating the country’s immense natural beauty and landmarks which speak of Sudan’s interesting history, the country has a great deal to offer any tourist. Whether it’s an ancient pyramid, a well-established historical museum, or a breathtaking volcanic mountain range, there’s lots of places of interest to see. Some of the attractions you can explore in Sudan include:
The Pyramids of Meroe: this is the most iconic tourist site in Sudan. You can go see the brick-built and steep-sided pyramids which sprout in groups of dozen at a time. You will also find tourist touts offering souvenirs or camel rides.
Dinder National Park: one of the largest park in Africa and home to 27 species of large mammal including big cats and giraffe. It is also habitats for a large specie of birds, like the kingfisher, pelican and the beautiful crown crane. It is perfect for adventure activities too like hiking and wildlife safaris, it's a nature lover’s heaven.
National Museum, Khartoum: The museum is home to several informative exhibits chronicling the country’s journey from its beginning during the Pharaonic era to modern day Sudan. Travelers can take in many ancient artifacts, including original stone carvings and numerous Christian frescoes. The gardens in which the museum is located boast several temples which are also worth a visit.
Jebel Marra: the highest peak in southwestern Darfur, Jebel Marra stands at a whopping 10,000 feet. Not only is the mountain great for such activities as hiking and mountain climbing, but the area is stunning as well, boasting of natural formations as waterfalls and volcanic lakes.
There are over 10,000 hotels and apartments to stay in Sudan, so you will be spoiled for choice especially when in Khartoum.
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Common Questions Travellers Ask About Sudan
What is the traditional clothing in Sudan?
Sudanese clothing differs from one cultural group to another, and also from region to region. However, the traditional attire widely worn by men especially in the villages is called jalabiya, a loose fitting ankle length garment, with a large scarf, and the thobe is a long shirt worn by women in many parts of the country. Another item of clothing which is common among all cultures is the thawb, which is similar to a jalabiya but a bit more formal, displaying a collar and shorter sleeves.
What currency is used in Sudan?
The Sudanese dinar (SDD) is the currency currently being used in Sudan.
Do you need a visa to visit Sudan?
All travelers to Sudan are required to obtain a visa before entering the country, including those from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Citizens from Israel and travelers who have an Israeli visa or stamp in their passport will be refused entry. Travelers are permitted to obtain a single entry tourist visa, valid for one month from the date of issue and allowing for a one month stay in the country.
Is the tap water safe to drink?
The water in the Sudan is generally not safe to drink and should be treated as potentially contaminated. All water used for drinking, brushing teeth, or making ice should be boiled or sterilized before use or you can just carry along your old bottled water.
Is Sudan safe for female solo travel?
Female solo travelers visiting Sudan should keep in mind that Sudan is an Islamic country, one in which rights for women are still being fought for. It is best that women travel in groups, don't stay out too late and that they dress conservatively too.