Traveling in Sudan

The majority of websites I came across regarding travel to Sudan all seemed to describe it as dangerous, but my curiosity was strong enough that it led me to explore the country anyway. I was interested in the adventures I’d come across and what treasures I’d find in Sudan that where unknown to the rest of the world. At the time of my trip, the nation had been constantly in the headlines for its multiple wars in the south and west in Darfur. While these tragedies are very real, many people didn’t realize that before its split Sudan was the largest country in Africa. So while parts of the country may be at war other parts are relatively calm. One man who lived in the capital compared the situation to an American living in a normal life in New York but seeing wild fires in California or hearing about Hurricane Katrina on TV.

Khartoum

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The capital is known surprisingly for its peacefulness and friendly outgoing population. Khartoum also has many great museums such as their national museum which accurately shows different periods of Sudan’s history including the pharaoh period, the Christian Nubian period and more recent history. A visit to Khartoum is also incomplete without visiting the site of where the two Niles meet.

Meroe

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Thousands of years ago the people known as Kushites ruled parts of eastern Africa including what is now northern Sudan. These ancient people are even mentioned several times in the Bible’s old testament, as Cush, who created their own Kingdom even before the influence of Egyptian pharaohs. Today, the best remains of the Kushite people are known as the Meroe Sites the Meroe Sites which served as the Kushite Kingdom’s capital. Dozens of structures and pyramids remain standing, many being tombs of ancient Meroite Kings.

Dinder National Park

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On the border of eastern Sudan and western Ethiopia, Sudan’s Dinder national park is one of the largest in the world, and offers sanctuary for wildlife in a country which is mostly made up of dry desert. The northern parts of the park are savannah while the southern parts of Dinder are covered by woodland forests. Hundreds of species of birds, as well as lions, antelope and other animals make their home in Dinder.

Port Sudan

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Located on the Red Sea and once a major seaport for the British, Port Sudan has become a victim of the Sudan’s civil war and the city has lost much beauty and charm. Although the structures here are not the same, the Red Sea itself remains one of the best places in the world for exotic animals. Port Sudan still offers good access to the coast for activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving.
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