Sudan — Overview
Sudan has made headlines countless times, but often for largely negative events. The world has focused its attention on regions of conflict like Darfur and South Sudan, often overlooking the fact the country is far more than a war zone. In fact, Sudan is a geographically, culturally, and historically diverse country that is simply waiting to be explored. The political situation is on the up and in a few years, it could well be a sought-after travel destination.
It is no secret that Sudan boasts a stunning natural environment and it should thus come as no surprise that most of the activities on offer to tourists here are outdoors. Adventure-seekers will be thrilled with the excursions both on land and in water, including exploring the depths of the Red Sea and walking in the footsteps of Sudanese nomads in an authentic camel trek.
The country’s sights are just as exciting as the activities on offer, with many of them similarly celebrating Sudan’s gorgeous geography. If travelers want to experience more of Sudan’s natural sights, they will find plenty in store for them, particularly in the south of the country. Those interested in learning about the country’s history and culture will also not be disappointed as there are many historical sites and museums which cover these subjects well.
Sudan is still recovering from a prolonged civil war and many parts of the country are still experiencing outbreaks of violence. It is for this reason that accommodation options are unvaried. There are many options in large cities like Khartoum, but most choices include large hotels and resorts. There are no real budget options as of yet. The food in the country is well worth a try, but travelers looking for international fare will have to be content with eating at their hotel as this is where most of the international cuisine is located.
While a great deal of Sudan is desert region, there are other parts of the country that are more geographically diverse. With the Rea Sea in the northeast and several national parks in the south, Sudan’s natural environment is exciting enough to keep travelers occupied. The country’s regional neighbors, including Egypt and Ethiopia, are appealing in their own rights and should be considered for a visit before or after traveling to Sudan.
As more and more infrastructure is being restored and redeveloped, getting around the country is becoming easier. Car rental is available but expensive and roads in remote areas can be difficult to navigate. Taxis are a convenient way to get around cities and travelers have the choice of private or share options. There is an extensive train network but buses are the most popular way of traveling between cities because they are cheaper and oftentimes faster.
- Scuba dive and snorkel in the Red Sea
- See what remains of an ancient civilization at the Meroe pyramids
- Embark on camel trek through the Bayuda Desert
- Visit the site of many a biblical tale
- Track the “Big Five” on a traditional African safari
- Learn about the region at the National Museum in Khartoum
- Step back in time in the country’s old capital of Omdurman