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Sudan Travel

Sudan, also referred to as The Republic of Sudan, is the largest country in Africa. The ongoing war in Darfur makes this a difficult country to travel to, however, many businessmen in the oil industry and international aid workers frequently visit Sudan. Many areas of Sudan have been completely decimated by decades of civil war and military skirmishes. The western and southern regions of Sudan are typically the most hazardous for foreign travelers. However, for the adventurous traveler, many areas of Sudan offer a rare glimpse into a vast untamed African wilderness coupled with a colorful African culture.

Sudan Travel

Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan, is a distinctive metropolis settled on the legendary eastern banks of the River Nile. Khartoum bridges the Blue Nile and the White Nile to form the majestic River Nile, which flows up through Egypt and into the Mediterranean Sea. The National Museum of Sudan hosts many native exhibits, including two Egyptian temples, Buhen and Semna, originally constructed by Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Tuthmosis III. A fascinating shopping destination in Khartoum is the expansive Souq Arabi open market that is stretched over several blocks in the center of the city. The Al-Mogran Family Park has a Ferris wheel and other fun rides that overlook the River Nile. In the Mogran district of the city, you will find plush botanical gardens and small parks.

Omdurman, the largest city in Sudan, lies opposite the capital city Khartoum on the western banks of the River Nile. It is the undisputed hub of Sudanese commerce and business. Omdurman is home to many of the country's favorite attractions including The National Theatre, Alwataniya Cinema, Al-Arays Puppet Theatre, and Qasr Alshabab o Alatfal. The Omdurman camel market is a popular destination for nomads and merchants seeking to buy and sell camels.

The Almourada district is known for its bustling fish market along the River Nile. And every Friday in Omdurman, Whirling Dervishes wearing traditional colorful robes dance to the beat of native drums while twirling around. It is said that their dance allows their souls to communicate with Allah and be cleansed of evil.

Beyond the cities, very dry Nubian Desert and National Parks expand out in every direction. The Dinder National Park, is one of the largest National Parks in the world, and contains numerous indigenous animal species. Sadly, Sudan's wildlife is severely threatened by poaching and hunting. Many indigenous species of plant and animal are endangered including the white rhinoceros, the majestic slender-horned gazelle, the tora hartebeest, and the hawksbill turtle.

Sudan's climate is wildly varied. In northern regions, an intense rainy season lasts three months from July to September, and over six months in the southern regions. The desert areas are plagued with rampant sand storms that entirely block out the sun's light. Other times of the year, the temperature ranges from high 70's to upper 90's Fahrenheit.

Sudan's official languages are Arabic and English, so communicating with the locals should not pose too much difficulty. For a crash course in African history, Sudan is a good starting point despite its hazardous environment.

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