Fly To Khartoum, Sudan
Khartoum – the capital of Sudan – is a sprawling North African metropolis, but there are some stark reminders of its colonial past, such as the boat Kitchener used to cruise the Nile River.
Located where the Blue and White Nile meet, Khartoum comprises 3 distinct cities - Khartoum, Khartoum North or Bahri, and Omdurman. Khartoum proper is the seat of the Sudanese government and is the largest of the 3 cities.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- Citizens of South Africa do require a Visa to enter Sudan. Before departing, ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in the Republic of Sudan is in Khartoum. Address: Street 11, B9, House 16, Al Amarat, Khartoum. Phone: + 249 183 585 301/2/3/4. Website: dirco.gov.za/Khartoum/.
See and do
One of the most attractive parts of Khartoum is Nile Street, flanked by the Blue Nile and including architectural highlights such as the Presidential Palace and Al Fateh Tower. Owned by the Libyan government, Al Fateh features a modern eclectic design that has garnered the attention of many fans and detractors. After a stroll along the banks of the Nile, you may opt for a boat trip in its tranquil waters.
For a typical Arabian style market, visit the Souq Arabi. Nearby, you can pause to reflect on the graceful lines of Al Kabir Mosque. If you are looking for crafts, go to Souq Omdurman. The area of Omdurman has chaotic Middle Eastern characteristics, like an exotic and slightly mysterious maze.
For a different perspective on the cultures of Sudan, the Sudan Ethnographical Museum will provide a great deal of insight into the region's ethnic diversity. The main attraction at the Khartoum National Museum is Kumma Temple, an ancient Nubian structure. One of the main Christian churches of Khartoum is the All Saints Cathedral.
A gracious spectacle that can be viewed every Friday is the sight of the Sufi whirling dervishes at the Hamed el-Nil tomb. Hypnotic and lively, the performance lasts roughly an hour. Although Khartoum does not have much of a nightlife, as Westerners would interpret it, there is a lively music scene.
Khartoum can be used as a gateway to visiting the Karima Pyramids and the intriguing fossil trees in the desert.
Khartoum Airport – KRT
Khartoum Airport, near the town of Al-Amarat, serves direct flights to/from Cairo, Alexandria, Amsterdam, Dubai, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Addis Ababa, Nairobi and London, via British Airways.
A new airport with modern facilities and a large hotel is planned 40km south of the centre of Khartoum.
Sudan Airways connects to various cities in Africa and other towns in Sudan such as Port Sudan, Juba, Nyala, Wadi Halfa, Malakal, Dongola and El-Obeid. There is a money-changing service at the airport. A taxi service takes visitors to the city centre.