Book Cheap Flights to Sudan

Find out more

About Sudan

Sudan offers travellers a truly memorable experience of its history, culture, landmarks and coastline. Populated by over 40 million people, it is the third-largest country in Africa. The sparkling coral treasures of the Red Sea coupled with archaeological wonders in the desert add to Sudan’s mysterious allure. Popular attractions include the Pyramids of Meroe and Dinder National Park.

Unearth historical gems of antiquity because cheap flights to Sudan are now available! The country’s hub airport is Khartoum International Airport (KRT), a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Khartoum International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Popular connecting flights to Khartoum depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Khartoum is approximately 7 hours and 55 minutes.

Why visit Sudan

desert wilderness

Desert Wilderness

Explore the glistening dunes by camel or jeep as you traverse the breathtaking landscapes. Pitch a tent and camp out under the stars as you are surrounded by nothing but the luminescent night sky.

historical treasures

Historical Treasures

The base of numerous kingdoms and civilisations, including Kerma, Noba and Meroe, Sudan’s vast landscape houses a myriad of archaeological sites, tombs, pyramids and religious landmarks.

eclectic culture

Eclectic Culture

Bargain your way through the bustling souks where you can see the locals trading in anything from teapots to camels. Get swept up in the colourful dances of the dervishes, and taste the fusions of Middle Eastern and African flavours.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Sudanese Pound (SDG)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.51 SDG
Language Arabic / English
Hub Airport Khartoum International Airport (KRT)
Airline Sudan Airways
Time Zone GMT + 03:00
Travel Adaptor Type C / D

Best time to visit Sudan

Sudan experiences two seasons – hot and blisteringly hot. Travel is strongly discouraged between the summer months of April to October, when temperatures reach a searing 40°C! Rainfall is at its highest in summer as the Nile River fills its banks. Dust storms also occur around this time and many local tour operators cease trips until cooler weather sets in and roads are more manageable. The ‘winter’ period, between November and March, is a much more pleasant time to travel and explore the desert landscapes. Temperatures drop significantly at night and cold winds lend a welcoming chill to the air.

Weather & Climate in Sudan (Khartoum)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 16°C 17°C 20°C 24°C 27°C 28°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 21°C 17°C
High °C 31°C 33°C 37°C 40°C 42°C 41°C 39°C 38°C 39°C 40°C 35°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 0 0 4 4 30 48 27 8 1 0

Sudan (formerly North Sudan) is a culturally and historically diverse nation, offering the curious traveller insight into its ancient civilisations, national landmarks and beautiful coastline. The locals are very hospitable and gladly welcome you into their culture.

Khartoum is the capital city and straddles the two strands of the Nile River. With its arabesque-designed buildings, tombs, Coptic churches and museums, Sudan’s history and culture permeates the city streets. Be sure to check out the National Museum, Khalifa’s House and Al-Kabir Mosque.

Just north, Omdurman is home to some of the best marketplaces, notably the Souk Omdurman – the biggest market in Africa! See traditional Sufi dancing and whirling dervishes on Friday afternoons.

Sudan’s archaeological treasures are spread throughout the country. The ruins of Old Dongola are a prominent archaeological site portraying the remains of a significant medieval Christian city. See the grand temple complex of Musawarat and uncover the 5000-year-old history of the ancient adobe worshipping houses in Kerma. The city of Wadi Halfa is situated on the banks of Lake Nubia and harbours ancient Nubian relics from the Middle Kingdom period.

Sudan’s most iconic drawcard is at the epicentre of the ancient Napata Kingdom – the Pyramids of Meroe. Over 200 pyramid structures and ruins make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from its fascinating historical structures, Sudan also boasts an incredible coastline and mountainous landscapes. The Jebel Marra volcanic mountains peak at over 3,000 metres and house the Deriba Crater. Hike up to the extinct volcanoes overlooking waterfalls, lakes and ethnic villages.

The coastal cities of Port Sudan, Suakin and Arous Tourist Village are gateways to explore the Red Sea coastline, home to some incredible diving spots.

Nature-lovers should visit Dinder National Park and Gemmeiza Tourist Village with flourishing birdlife and wildlife like elephants, rhinos, zebras and giraffes.

Compare several airlines, and book your cheap flights to Sudan online at Travelstart!

South Africans passport holders do require a visa to enter Sudan. Before departing, ensure your passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 3 blank pages available for stamps. Visa processing can take up to 7 working days.

The South African Embassy in the Republic of Sudan is located in Khartoum.

Address: Street 11, B9, House 16, Al Amarat, Khartoum. Phone: + 249 183 585 301/2/3/4.

The Sudanese Embassy is located in Pretoria:

Address: 1203 Pretorius Street, Hatfield, Monument Park, Pretoria. Phone: (+27) 12 342 4538 / 7903

For applications and enquiries, click here to visit the website.

Sudan’s healthcare is fairly good at private clinics, should you require assistance. Malaria is rife throughout the country, particularly during the rainy season, so take the necessary precautions. Also, be on the lookout for scorpions, spiders and snakes in desert areas. It is a good idea to carry hand sanitizer with you as sanitation in some areas is non-existent. Only drink bottled water. If you are going on long trips using public transport, water purification tablets might be a more sustaining option. Sandstorms are common in desert areas, so be aware of weather conditions before going outside.

Sudan is currently undergoing civil war and terrorist attacks in certain parts of the country, Travel is not recommended to Darfur and Southern Kordofan. Should you need to travel on business, consult your local embassy and keep abreast with political affairs.

General vigilance is required as petty theft and muggings do occur, especially around busy marketplaces, bus terminals and cafés. Solo women travellers are quite safe, but avoid attracting unnecessary attention to yourself and avoid taking public transport alone.

Respect the local customs and religious practices by not speaking directly to local Muslim women, avoiding certain hand gestures and dressing modestly. Alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden and foreigners are subject to the same laws as the locals. The LGBT community is not advised to travel to Sudan as the local conservative laws are harsh, resulting in arrests and attacks by police and vigilantes.

Taking photos of military installations, airports and government buildings is strictly forbidden.

A comprehensive travel-insurance policy to cover theft and medical expenses is strongly recommended.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Sudan
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 60.00
Domestic beer (0.5l draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 13.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 20.00 R 33.00 R 40.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 6.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 20.00
Why book with us
  • Bringing you the best fares from all airlines
  • Expert assistance from booking to departure
  • Online destinations for planning your travels
Already Booked your Flight?

Explore our Hotel listings:

  • 1000's of options worldwide
  • Best prices
  • Great service
Personalised Assistance

Need help with your booking? Contact our expert Travelbar agents for guidance and booking assistance

  • 0861 878 278
  • travelbar@travelstart.com

Download our app

Free for iPhones and Andriod