"Tamam - Sudan?" Top 5 Page for this destination Sudan by frockland

Sudan Travel Guide: 1,186 reviews and 3,125 photos

Sudan - the country with the longest ongoing civil war in Africa, a genocide problem in Dafur, famine, poverty and starvation. A Muslim country where, Osama Bin Laden was living, building roads and training terrorists. The USA bombed it and declared it to be a country of “Axis of the Evil”. But to look at it like this might be a little bit too simple, too generalising and also following prejudices.

The civil war in the southern parts is finished and a peace agreement is signed. With the discovery of large oilfields a process of changes started. For tourist was it difficult and time-consuming to obtain a visa. Nowadays its no problem any more. Some areas require travel permits and its still not possible to travel to every part of the country but the northern parts are absolutely safe and worth a trip. Sudanese people are extremely friendly, helpful and hospitable and will be highlight of every Sudan trip.

Northern Sudan
When entering the county in Wadi Halfa I asked a customs officer how much it costs to go by pick up into the village. He looked at me, got his valet out and asked me: “You don’t have money to pay for it? Don’t worry – I will pay for you!” Many times people came to me invited me for tea, food and wanted to talk to me. A “Khawajie” (white person - but certainly spelt wrong) is in many parts of the country not seen too often and causing curiosity. I felt very safe while travelling in this country.

Southern Sudan
The area of Southern Sudan where I had been is totally different to the northern parts of the country: its bush land with lots of trees and huge swamp areas. In the whole region was only one road. The climate was very humid and not healthy.

I got an imagination how this wild land must have been looking like during the early days when Speke and the Bakers were exploring the White Nile. Living in mud houses like they always did, the women were looking after the household and the kids. The men are still warriors carrying spears or nowadays AK47s. Scars are decorating their foreheads indicating to what tribe they belong.

More pictures can be found here (for slideshow clic on "Prasentation starten"):

Southern Sudan - Northern Sudan - Sudanese Faces - Working in Sudan

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very friendly people, easy travelling
  • Cons:Hot, hot, hot
  • Last visit to Sudan: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 29, 2005
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2009 at 2:23 AM

    the airport fee can no longer be paid in dollars.. Your Meroe photos are brilliant- one of my favourite places.

  • JohnniOmani's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2008 at 6:04 AM

    Hiya, what brings you to Sudan frequently? cheers

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Great tips, nice pictures, wow!! it sounds like a country worthwhile to visit,... thanks for sharing this with us!!!

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2006 at 2:55 AM

    Amazing pictures and what an adventure! This place is for serious travellers.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 4:57 AM

    Fascinating page with so many interesting tips and pictures, especially the transportation ones. I am happy I came back for these updates, but will be even more happy if can go there myself the next time.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2005 at 11:02 PM

    I enjoyed your tips on Sudan... thank you for sharing! Jess

  • Astralka's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2005 at 10:44 AM

    perhaps, without spending your time in the South, you would not appreciate the North enough. Simply, this is a country for adventurous beings..

  • royalempress's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2005 at 7:46 AM

    Great Pictures, very interesting, I will be back when your finished. It looks like you really have to "rough it" in the Sudan. Mike

  • civilian's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2005 at 7:51 AM

    thanks for pasing by. big peace celebrations this week all over the country! hope it will be more than a paper...... rgs christof P.S: many safe and dry motobike miles in 2005

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2004 at 2:50 AM

    Hi from Bristol. Some great pictures - looking forward to your travel stories about Sudan. I am particularly keen to hear as I am going there in November. Happy Travels!

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