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El Malik ship
When you get to the Blue Nile Sailing Club, the first thing you will notice is a gray colored boat onshore about 50m from the riverbanks. The El Malik was formerly one of Kitchener's gunboats that has seen many battles, namely the Battle of Omdurman. After retiring from government service, she was handed over to the Blue Nile Sailing Club and used as its headquarters.
By the the late 1980s, the El Malik faced another battle, corrosion, and the gunboat faced the possibility of sinking. Ironically, a massive flood in 1987 washed ashore the gunship and it sits there will to the present day. It is still an operational clubhouse where you can hire small boats to cruise or sail along the Blue Nile.
Address: Nile Ave, Khartoum Sudan
Directions: Along Nile Avenue & opposite St Matthew Cathedral.
The cruise boat
Take a leisure cruise along the Nile to get another view of Khartoum, Tutti Island, Bahri & Omdurman from the river. The cruise will take you along the Blue Nile from Grand Holiday Villa, past the Presidential Palace, the Blue Nile Sailing Club, around Tuti Island to the confluence of the two Nile Rivers and back to the departure point.
The cruise is available only on Fridays & Sundays at 4.00pm and costs SDG15 or $7.50 and lasts for 2 hours. There are drinks & snacks included too
Directions: The cruise departs from jetty opposite the Grand Holiday Villa
The Kumma Temple, an ancient Nubian temple, was taken stone by stone, from its original location and transported and reconstructed at Khartoum National Museum. The entrance is a small opening that leads you through the temple like a maze until you come to the end where you will find two small rooms.
It's a shame for such an antiquity, there is no cordon to prevent people from touching the hieroglyphics or leaving graffiti behind.
Address: Khartoum National Museum, Sudan
This contains antiquities and artifacts from several periods of Sudanese history and pre-history, including glassware, pottery, statuary and figurines from the ancient kingdom of Cush. Ancient Nubia's Christian period is well represented, with frescoes and murals from ruined churches, dating from the 8th to the 15th century.
The Museum's garden contains two reconstructed temples, which have been salvaged from the Nubian land flooded by Lake Nasser. These Egyptian temples of Buhen and Semna were originally built by Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Tuthmosis III respectively.
The temples have corrugated iron covers built over them to protect them from humidity during the wet season. The original concept was to roll back these covers during the dry season, but whether this ever happened or not is unclear. The covers are rusted into place and are now permanent and immovable! It's pretty cheap to enter, only SD150 (less than US$1).
Address: Along Nile Avenue
Directions: Along Nile Avenue, next to Friendship Hall
There is a collection of old luxury cars, Rolls Royce & Bentleys, on display just outside the Republican Palace Museum building. They were used by Sudanese & British dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Khartoum.
Shame that these beautiful cars are left uncared for, and we were even allowed to touch & sit inside (but I didn't because of the dust)
Directions: As you enter the gates, it's in the building on the left, next to the Republican Palace Museum main building
The museum exterior
The Republican Palace Museum is situated in the middle of the city, beside the Presidential Palace was formerly an Anglican Church and holds many artifacts from the pre & post Independence era. Gifts & souvenirs from other countries for the Sudanese President are also on display.
Open to the public on Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This museum was officially opened in the year 2000. Immediately after the entrance to the museum you can see on display, a variety of Presidential cars used from 1924 onwards. The East wing of the museum is the former Anglican Cathedral, built during the British Colonial rule. This beautiful Cathedral houses many artifacts from the pre and post Independence era.
The museum is opened on Fridays & Sundays, 0900 - 1300hr
Admission fee is SDG1 ($0.50)
Directions: Situated next to the Presidential Palace gardens
Place to relax
This is probably one of the prettiest places to be seen in Khartoum. Situated along the big bridge that crosses the White Nile (towards Omdurman), this little patch of recreational area is popular with young lovers and children. However, I did not see a beach but more like a waterfront.
The place is set up with chairs and cabanas for you to relax, watch the sunset or the White Nile river. A pretty good playground is available for children to play while parents look on. Food & drinks are served from a small cafe
Entrance to Muzen Beach is SD200 per person (I paid this as a foreigner)
Address: Muzen Beach
Whirling Dervish of Omdurman
The Dervish, a group of Sufi muslims perform their weekly worship on Fridays in Omdurman, just outside Khartoum. The ritual takes place in a compound at a religious site with mosques & cemetery. Just before 6.00pm, some devotees will start a huge circle, calling out "God is great" over and over, until this becomes a sort of chanting and some of the Dervishes will walk in the center of the circle and whirl as if in a trance. They will keep turning until the start of the evening prayers, which is about an hour later
This is pretty interesting to watch as I thought the Dervishes were only in Turkey or other places besides Sudan.
One thing I miss from home is getting a nice massage (proper one, OK!) especially after a long week. I found the Al Kinani Specialized Polyclinic Health Care Centre that has both male and female masseuse who can give a nice traditional Thai massage for a reasonable price. The place is doesn't look like a clinic, much less than a polyclinic but it is clean and the Thai employees are friendly. You will be given a change of loose clothes to wear and the massage is done in a private room, normally with 2 mattresses in one room
The rate for a traditional Thai massage is SD2500 (USD12) per hour, or for an oil massage which is sauna plus massage with oil is SD7500 (USD36)
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