"Khartoum..." Top 5 Page for this destination Khartoum by maykal

Khartoum Travel Guide: 357 reviews and 772 photos

Well, I spent four months as a volunteer in Khartoum, and still use it as a base duing holidays, and while still very much a newbie in Sudan, I have managed to see a lot of the city. It really doesn't feel like a capital city....away from the presidential palace and a few government buildings, the whole place is very low key....sandy dusty streets, souqs, cheap eateries...there is no grand centre really! Khartoum is all fairly modern....well, when I say modern, I mean the buildings are not old or traditional...they are concrete and square but run down, nothing exciting. But across the White Nile is Omdurman, the traditional part of the city with old mosques and fascinating souqs. It isn't exactly beautiful, but it has atmosphere and character. Between Omdurman, Khartoum and the northern suburb of Bahri is Tutti Island, a rural village and farmland in the middle of the city...the ideal place to escape Khartoum's chaos for a bit.

Everyone is extremely friendly here...this is one stereotype which is true of almost everyone here. People come up to you in the street just to shake your hand, people pay your bus fare, they offer you food, they invite you to weddings if you just happen to be walking by...amazing! But internet is extremely slow here, one reason why I will have to stop now! More to come....lots more!

Although I enjoyed Khartoum, I felt it was time to move on....the teaching at my secondary school was not fun at all, in fact it was downright torture with rich spoilt brats causing havoc in every lesson. My house had its fair share of problems, mostly to do with water and the landlord....so I decided to move to another part of the country...just before Christmas 2002, I boarded the bus to Kassala, and started teaching at the university there in January...I still visit Khartoum every few months or so, to renew permits etc...so this page will continue to grow, albeit slowly.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:interesting, never dull
  • Cons:not really "pretty", and extremely HOT!
  • In a nutshell:A huge city which seems more like a small town on the banks of the Nile
  • Last visit to Khartoum: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 9, 2006
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  • Aug 18, 2008 at 4:48 AM

    Hiii it was nice reading ur page.. I am from this city"u hate sometime ;)" and actually think ur page is quite accurate. My friend is coming to visit from London and I'm planning to use your info to a guide for places to take her! Thx

  • janiebaxter's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Hi, Well I was only there for a long weekend & I really liked it. Mostly because of the Nile, I liked the heat, and anyway I usually travel wearing rose tinted specs :)

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    people complain about the law in the west but i haven't heard of such a case where they got away with the battery you described. thats just horrible. makes me appreciate where i live much more.

  • CliffClaven's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Bought the guidebook, read your page - now I have to buy the ticket!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2006 at 8:30 PM

    Very interesting and informative page, and with a lot of personal insights. Thanks !! You have a fantastic writing style ! :-)

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2005 at 1:53 AM

    As another long term resident in Sudan, I enjoyed your entries. One comment though, it was a German archaeologist who repaired some of the Meroe pyramids and painted them horrible colours . Kerkadeh is from hibiscus flowers not leaves

  • redsaga's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2005 at 3:17 AM

    Very nice page you got here. I'm moving to Khartoum in less than two weeks and your tips were really helpful and interesting. Thumbs up for you! /Maria

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2005 at 12:10 PM

    Interesting..

  • Hmmmm's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2004 at 8:09 PM

    I just caught your sunset over the nile photo on the VT homepage too. read through. What an interesting triip you had. What kind of Volunteering were you doing? Nice Pix and narrative too. Thanks for sharing. Cheers A

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2004 at 6:00 AM

    I just caught your sunset over the nile photo on the VT homepage. These are wonderful pages and great photos. Congratulations!

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