One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

If you say to any Sudanese person that you want to see Khartoum in one day they will laugh at you, but if you plan a little bit then even one day in Khartoum is enough to see everything.

Khartoum’s name originates from the Arabic for ‘elephant’s trunk’; this is believed to stem from the narrow strip of land between the Blue and White Nile. In fact, It is in Khartoum that the Blue Nile joins the White Nile to form the Nile, which flows all the way to Egypt.The Nile actually splits Khartoum into three cities – the old British-downtown, the area of Omdurman on the west bank and the industrial Khartoum North on the north bank.

To see Khartoum in One day I strongly suggest you use a private car with a guide/driver.

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

1.)The Nile Street

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Nile River

The Nile Street is the most ravishing street in Khartoum.The street is host to the famous Al fateh tower, Tutsi bridge, the Presidential Palace,  Chinese friendship hall and the Grand holiday villa hotel.
On the other side of the street flows the beautiful nile river.There are lost of cafes along the nile.
Sit in one of these cafes and watch the longest river in the world “NILE flow by”

2.)Al Fateh Tower

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Al Fateh Tower

It is one of the most famous landmarks of the city.The egg shaped building is a 5-star hotel which was made by the Libyan government in 2008.It is also known as the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum.It is located right next to the Tutsi bridge.It looks a like a fancy “StarWars” robot to me.

3.)Sudan National Museum

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Sudan National Museum

The Museum too is located at the Nile Street.It has artifacts from as early as 3000BC.It showcases tombs of pharaohs, some Mummy Tombs , weapons, clothes and remains of old temples.It somehow did remind me of the Egyptian national museum which shares a similar history.
DO you know Sudan and Egypt were one country before?

The entry fees is around 2$
The timings are 9 am to 6 pm

4.) Guzzle down a Sudanese Coffee

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Jabana

The Sudanese coffee is ladled out from a unique jug with a long spout known as Jabana.The coffee is thick, super strong and its beans are fried.It is often spiced with ginger or cinnamon and usually served with sugar (lots of it ).
Most Sudanese seem to have sweet tooth and they seem to fill their cups with a lot of sugar.

5.)Tutsi Bridge and Tutsi island

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Tutsi Bridge

A word of caution; clicking pictures of government buildings, hospitals, schools, and bridges is strictly prohibited in Sudan.You might get prison for it.
I was shooting Tutsi bridge when my driver told me we have some police officers following us
They stopped us on the bridge and checked my camera, luckily I managed to change the memory card, but please avoid clicking the Bridges especially.

6.)Souq Arabi

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Alligator Skin

The Al Souq Arabi is located in the downtown area of Khartoum.It’s a huge market with a lot of shops for electronics, household stuff, souvenirs and it also has a separate gold market.
The highlight of the souq was the shops selling Alligator and snakeskin goods.There were around 20 shops selling these products openly.The Sudanese are very fond of the Alligator skin and it’s very common to find them in their houses.
Although I’m totally against this kind of products and I hope this killing of animals for their skin stops.

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Omdurman

7.)Hamed al-Nil Mosque

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Hamed Al Nil Mosque

It is the most famous site in Khartoum.It’s an old mosque situated right in the center of the biggest graveyard of Sudan.The mosque is famous for Sufism.On every Friday between 5-7 thousands of Sufi saints from all over the country come here and perform what they call Sufi dance.
Sufism is a way of life in which a deeper identity is discovered and lived.

8.)Try the Sudanese Food

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Sudanese Food

Sudan has more than 500 different tribes staying in different parts of the region.So if you ask me it’s always the tribes which influence the cuisine around the place they stay.
Well for Khartoum, I managed to get myself in a small restaurant in Omdurman Souq.The concept is simple, pay the money at the counter, get your food and share the table with the locals.The bread is unlimited and served by the waiter.

I ordered Patata vegetables in beans stew and Sheep liver with okra, both of them are very traditional Sudanese food .it was served along with a plate of chili sauce and onions.
I loved the food and the hospitality of the people out there.To drink I had what the locals love to drink in Sudan “COKE”

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

9.)Khalifa House Museum

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Khalifa House

The Khalifa House Museum was built in 1887 in Omdurman city.
The House was a home to Abdu-Allah Al-Ta’eshy, the successor of Imam Muhamed Ahmed Al-Mahdi who led a revolution against the British/Egyptian rule in Sudan in 1881. It displays some of the old photographs of the wars, some banknotes, swords, rifles and also some personal belongings of Khalifa.
The most interesting thing to me was the first car in Sudan which is present in the courtyard of the house.

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan.

10.)Mausoleum of the Mahdi

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Mausoleum of Mahdi

Muhammad Ahmad, also known as the Mahdi, is one of the most controversial Muslim figures of the 19th century. He was a very revolutionary who gave up his life fighting for freedom of Sudan from British.
Today he is honored as the national hero of Sudan.The Mausoleum of the Mahdi was originally constructed in 1885 after his death and is one of the famous shrines in Sudan.
The most distinctive, and unusual, feature of the mausoleum is the great central dome which looks like the tip of an enormous silver bullet.Inside the Mausoleum is a shrine marking the place where the Mahdi’s tomb once stood.
The mausoleum is open to Muslims but is absolutely off limits to non-Muslims.  There is no cost of admission.

Some Facts

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

Sudanese cop On a camel

  1. Sudan has very strict rules about taking pictures, especially Bridge and government buildings.
    Some people have been arrested for taking pictures at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles in Khartoum.
    But i really didn’t have any problem except no taking pictures of the Bridge.
  2. Alcohol is banned in the country.
  3. International Credit cards and Debit cards don’t work everywhere because of the sanctions on Sudan.
  4. Avoid taking public transport instead take the private cars as it is much safer and quicker.

People Of Sudan

One day in Khartoum; things to do and places to visit in Sudan

My Sudanese People

Sudanese people are very hospitable.They love to smile and very warm hearted people.As a gesture tea is always offered to the guests.
Sudan has suffered a lot in the past because of wars, sanctions, famine, and drought but still, the people don’t complaint.They live a unique life and are happy to welcome you with a lot of love.

Famous Sudanese Proverb.
 الأيام دول


“Days are like countries.” This means that a country might be great today, but not tomorrow.

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