"Port Sudan" Port Sudan by uglyscot

Port Sudan Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 107 photos

Port Sudan - the town

Port Sudan is the port of the Sudan. It is a container port where vessels from all over the world bring their goods. If sitting in a restaurant or cafe near the port , you can see the ships waiting for their turn to enter the docks, and watch others leaving..
The town itself is rather quiet with not much to see or do unless you take a trip out to the coral reefs, which are amazing or into the hills.
The people of Port Sudan are less friendly or helpful than those of the other parts of the country in my opinion.

However, it is interesting to see the different ethnic groups, especially the Rashaida who still keep their own traditions and dress that their ancestors brought with them from across the Red Sea; also the Hadendowa with their waistcoats, swords and wooden combs..

The Eastern hills

The eastern hills near Port Sudan have some of the strangest plants - the euphorbias. They look like cacti but as they grow older develop a trunk like a tree.
There are interesting places to visit in this rocky area like Erkowit which used to be where the British went in the winter.

The most noticeable building in Port Sudan is the Grain Silo that towers above everything at the docks. When I went first time we were taken round the inside. I was fine about seeing the ground floor , but refused to go up to the top. My husband took the two children we had then , and I was a nervous wreck until they came down- shaking , sweating and feeling ill- especially when I could look up and see them standing on a small balcony.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:the smell of the sea, the glorious reefs
  • Cons:flies and crows
  • In a nutshell:sea, sand and whatever you can find to do.
  • Last visit to Port Sudan: Apr 1994
  • Intro Updated Apr 2, 2008
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  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Hi Shane-Port Sudan looks like a good area for diving. That hotel is nice, but the price is a bit over the top! Interesting about the Euphorbia- there are so many species growing in different countries.

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Dear Scott,I agree with you 100% that the hotel is very expensive! about the service,I m really not sure cause when I was there in 2006,it was terrible....!bye n tks.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    The trip to the coral reef sounds really exciting. It would be very interesting to get to know the various tribes inhabiting the area. But even watching the ships come and go can be interesting. The hotel looks great.


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