Have you ever read a story and wondered what it would be like visiting all the places it mentioned? I surely did. I fantasized about Sudan thanks to “Season of Migration to the North” by Tayeb Salih.
English is spoken in most regions, but learning some Arabic would surely come handy. Despite its politically charged atmosphere, Sudan has lot of beautiful places to discover. Let me share with you my favorites.
It is where the White Nile and the Blue Nile come together. Khartoum (Arabic for “animal trunk” or Dinka dialect for “where rivers meet”) is the largest city of Sudan. It is very diverse in terms of architecture. The National Museum is a must see.
This is an excellent location to watch the forming of the great Nile as the island is the merging point of the Blue Nile and White Nile. You can reach it from Khartoum by using Tuti Island Bridge.
These Nubian pyramids include tens of royal tombs, surrounded by emptiness and sand. Discover these pyramids on a camel ride through the desert.
About 400km from Khartoum, it neighbours the ruins of the Nubian ancient city-state Napata. Climbing the Jebel Barkal provides a panoramic view over the city. Wild trippers can even plant their tents and enjoy quality alone time.
Climbing Totil Mountain is a must, the view from its base is so beautiful, can you imagine the view up top? This city is also famous for fruit gardens.
You can see the ruins of the ancient port that was once instrumental in the trade of ancient Sudan’s many riches; now its main exports are cotton, oilseeds, etc. Also, it offers an opportunity for snorkeling at the Red Sea, just watch out for sharks.
Clothes-wise for female travellers, my key tip would be to dress as the locals do for better integration and to avoid any offence towards the local traditions and norms. And of course, don’t miss the opportunity to taste the local fruits, fava beans and other traditional dishes!