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Khartoum Travel Guide: 360 reviews and 773 photos

first impressions

When I first arrived in Khartoum airport it was like stepping into an oven. Riding through town I saw everything in a sort of monochrome brown, like an old sepia photograph. Where were the brilliant bougainvillaeas, the bright tobes of the women? It took some time for my eyes to adapt to the bright sun, and see colour again.

Khartoum itself was laid out by the British in the shape of The Union Jack. There are some remains of the pattern visible, though many changes have taken place.
On the banks of the Nile lies the Republican Palace, and along the embankment are mahogany and other shade trees as well as hotels like the Coral [former Hilton] , Khartoum Hotel and The Grand Hotel [ now renamed the Grand Villa Hotel ]. Many ministries are also to be found here.

On the banks of the White Nile was a forest where picnics were held, but [2007] this area is being developed to have a golf course and apartments.

The Republican Palace is a large white building built by the British in the 1800s. Its history includes being the place where General Charles [Chinese] Gordon met his death on the palace steps. He was speared to death by one of the Mahdi's followers.
Outside stand guards on sentry duty.
Inside the walls are splendid gardens.

The centre of Khartoum used to be the market. There was the vegetable market, the bus station for transport within the three towns, and the main market. Much of this has been destroyed or removed elsewhere to the suburbs. However the cloth market, the gold market and some dry goods traders still operate from here.
Tailors sit in the verandahs in the cloth street , sewing jellabiyas and shirts.
Outside the mosque, sellers of books, especially religious books, spread their wares.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:a developing city- a traditional people
  • Cons:potholes, rickshas and pedestrians make a driving nightmare
  • In a nutshell:old and new trying to blend
  • Last visit to Khartoum: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • paolodecastro's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    nice..to see the place where you live.....:)...nx again for the postcard...:)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    It was quite interesting to read about the sites and such nice museums. You must really take in the culture daily and enjoy the surroundings. Nice job of showing this city.

  • Aug 2, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes

  • Tom_In_Madison's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2010 at 5:23 AM

    Yep, now there are 5 sausages that race. The growing Mexican population demanded a Chorizo racing sausage. He has a big sombrero.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Hi Shane. I love reading about VTers' "hometowns" and I really enjoyed your page, thanks for sharing. I prefer my "Foul" with onions and tomatoes :-) Greetings from an equally hot & humid Dubai / Jess

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    I was not expecting such an interesting museum in Khartoum, Shane; a friend of mine lives there and I wanted to know why he likes it! A very interesting non-touristy page; looks more green than in my imagination.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    I see they have a big choice of things there... Very faraway place though... Thanks for your page!<><><><><

  • Feb 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Shamar is acually cumin in this instant though it is also used as dill.

  • wanted708's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 7:42 AM

    some nice pics ur got there keep up the good work ;)

  • Nov 18, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Nice places, but you forgot IVORY IFC

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