"Wad Madani" Wad Madani by uglyscot

Wad Madani Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 67 photos

The Gezira refers to the area between the Blue and The White Nile south of Khartoum. It is a large fertile plain of clay soil. It was divided into small farms under the Sudan Gezira Scheme when the country was under British administration. A system of canals crosses the plain.
The main crops are cotton, sorghum, ground nuts, wheat and vegetables.
The chief town of the area is Wad Medani It was an important urban centre from the time of the Turkish Era
When the Sudan Gezira Scheme was founded by the British in the 1920s, it became the capital of the region, and now has city status..The Ministry of Irrigation and the Agricultural research Institute have their headquarters here too.

Like Khartoum, Wad Medani has also grown in the past few years. Unfortunately this trip we were not able to go into the centre, but could see new buildings have been constructed, and new better houses built in the suburbs.
As a city, it has all amenities. From quite early on it has been an educational centre with some of the more famous secondary schools like Hantoub , and Wad Medani Girls' school. It also has one of the older universities in the country [Gezira University].
Unfortunately the old colonial houses are now behind walls and their gardens have suffered from drought. The whole area has an air of neglect and there has been talk of destroying the area and building modern structures.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:quiet old town
  • Cons:old districts being replaced
  • Last visit to Wad Madani: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 5, 2007
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  • bobbymg's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    G"day there Shane
    Thanks alot for a wealthy information about the place I was born.
    I hope that you are enjoyn your time in Sudan.
    all the best
    cheers

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    I love the Nile photos Shane :o) And as I said before, it's interesting to view the different countryside pix. Well done! Cheers, Ann :o)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Nice to read about the different faculties of the university. Education is vital for development for any nation.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2007 at 2:41 AM

    Even places that are not beautiful can have potential! Ramla is also such a place. Hats off to you! 200-300 books a year. Wow, I am jealous.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2007 at 5:31 AM

    Shane, it's informative to read your Sudanese pages. Thanks for telling me.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    We have noticeable ruts on tarmac left by heavy lorries as well, even though it's not so hot here usually. Would love a swim in the Blue Nile while it's freezing here.

  • awladhassan's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2006 at 8:59 AM

    There have been some changes since I lived there.

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