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Sudan’s attractions are some of the most appealing in the Northeastern African region. Boasting a good balance between sites celebrating the country’s immense natural beauty and landmarks which speak of Sudan’s interesting history, the country has a great deal on offer for tourists of every inclination. Whether it’s an ancient pyramid, a well-established historical museum, or a breathtaking volcanic mountain range, there is something for everyone.

Pyramids of Meroe

By far the most popular tourist draw in the country, the Pyramids of Meroe are one of the last remaining symbols from an ancient civilization. Built by the Meroitic Pharaohs around 500 BC, the pyramids are different from their counterparts in neighboring Egypt. They display steep brick sides and appear in groups of 12. The site is not nearly as touristy as the Egyptian landmarks, and travelers won’t have to fight off tourist touts to see them. Travelers are permitted to enter the pyramids, in which ancient graffiti and hieroglyphics can be seen. The best time to visit is just before sunset when the sun illuminates the structures with a golden hue. There are accommodations nearby for travelers who would like to stay the night. Address: Eastern Sudan Phone: n/a Website: n/a

Red Sea

Famous perhaps mostly for being the subject of biblical stories, the Red Sea is a great tourist attraction. Biblical appeal aside, however, the sea is also a gorgeous piece of the country’s natural environment. With crystal clear waters and some of the most interesting species of fish and stunning coral reefs, it is no wonder that the Red Sea has become particularly busy in the past few years. There are many lovely resorts in the Port Sudan and Erkowit areas for travelers who would like to extend their stay at this beautiful and historically significant body of water. Address: Northeastern Sudan Phone: n/a Website: n/a

Dinder National Park

One of the largest national parks on the continent, covering a grand total of over 2500 square miles, Dinder National Park is Sudan’s pride and joy. Perfect for adventure activities like hiking and wildlife safaris, the park is a nature lover’s heaven. Home to such wild animals as lions, elephants, kudu, leopards, and antelopes, as well as myriad different bird species, the park seems like something out of a beloved children’s book. Travelers can book trips for as long as they are comfortable with, with facilities inside the park for those who would like to stay overnight. Address: Southwestern Sudan Phone: n/a Website: n/a

National Museum, Khartoum

Anyone wanting to learn about the history of this interesting and complicated country should head to the National Museum in Khartoum. Even though the building is relatively small when compared to the ones which surround and tower above it, the contents speak bounds. The museum is home to several informative exhibits chronicling the country’s journey from its beginning during the Pharaonic era to modern day Sudan. Travelers can take in many ancient artifacts, including original stone carvings and numerous Christian frescoes. The gardens in which the museum is located boast several temples which are well worth a visit. Address: Sharia el-Nil, Khartoum Phone: n/a Website: n/a


Omdurman, the largest city in the country, was formed in 1881 by the Mahdi and was once the Sudanese nation’s capital. Today, this old Muslim city has been wonderfully preserved and offers travelers a look back into a life before our time. There are many attractions in the old city, including the largest market in the country, Souk Moowaileh, and several museums chronicling the country’s historical, cultural, and ethnographic histories. Anyone who would like a historical tour of the country, all in one place, should head to Omdurman, where the country’s past is nicely condensed. Address: Khartoum State, just west of the Nile River Phone: n/a Website: n/a

Jebel Marra

The highest peak in southwestern Darfur, Jebel Marra stands at a whopping 10,000 feet. Not only is the mountain great for such activities as hiking and mountain climbing, but the area is stunning as well, boasting such natural formations as waterfalls and volcanic lakes. While the region is currently experiencing political instability, the mountain should be bookmarked as it is a great find in a land that is so geographically flat. Address: Dar Zagahawa, Darfur, Western Sudan Phone: n/a Website: n/a

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