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Uncover Sudan’s hidden treasures

Fly to Sudan to explore a rich and eclectic history of lost temples, mysterious pyramids and the untouched corals of the Red Sea.

Explore Khartoum, Sudan’s vibrant capital and the global face of the nation. It’s a city in touch with its past, where the traditional flavours and fragrance of Sudanese cooking waft through the city’s bustling markets.

Head to Meroë, former capital of the Kingdom of Kush, hidden among the sands, before wandering through this well-preserved window into the past. Pyramids and burial mounds stretch for miles in this hauntingly beautiful desert landscape.

Explore the villages surrounding Abri or uncover the rich culture of the Nubians, one of the continent’s oldest civilisations.

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What's the weather like in Sudan?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

23°C

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FEB

24°C

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MAR

28°C

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APR

32°C

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MAY

35°C

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JUN

35°C

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JUL

32°C

3cm

AUG

31°C

5cm

SEP

32°C

3cm

OCT

33°C

1cm

NOV

28°C

0cm

DEC

24°C

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Sudan is a tropical country with hot and humid weather. The dry season, between December and February, sees temperatures average about 24°C. Between June and August, the country sees highs between 35°C to 39°C.

The wet season typically runs from the end of April to the end of November – although this varies region to region. For instance, in the capital Khartoum, rainfall is minimal year-round. The data shown here is for Khartoum.

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Khartoum (KRT)

Sudan’s major hub, Khartoum International Airport (KRT), is located a short drive from the heart of the capital city. The nation’s largest city, Khartoum has a wonderful array of traditional markets to explore, along with a rich past exhibited in the city’s wonderful architecture and intriguing museums.

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Reasons to visit Sudan

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Walk hypostyle halls

Close to the banks of the River Nile lie the ruins of Naqa. Emerging from the sand, this ancient city was once an important stronghold for the North African Kingdom of Meroë. Among the larger remains of this former civilisation, Naqa is now a UNESCO protected destination.

Adopting architectural influence from Egyptian and Roman civilisations, the skeletal remains of temples, forums and other buildings still stand, stones among the sand. Book onto a local tour and explore the Roman Kiosk building, or walk among the hypostyle halls of the once great temple of Amun.

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Unearth an ancient city in the sand

Among the rolling sand dunes outside of Khartoum lies Meroë, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kush. One of the earliest of the Nile kingdoms, civilisation here is thought to stretch back as far as 800BC. Your flight tickets to Sudan can offer you a glimpse deep into the past.

Wander around the city’s lost pyramids and burial mounds, which are just as impressive as their more famous Egyptian cousins but without the throngs of tourist crowds. There are about 100 pyramids here, with some constructed to about 98ft (30 metres) in height.

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Experience a Sufi ritual

Venture to Hamed el-Nil Tomb early Friday evening to witness a unique spiritual ritual. Worshippers dance around the tomb and the crash of drums and cymbals accompanies the ceremony as brightly coloured dancers spin among the sand dunes.

The dancers are said to enter a trance-like state as they chant and whirl in front of the gathered onlookers. The ceremony can go on for much of the night, with the dancing becoming increasingly fervent and frenetic as the night wears on.

Things to know before you fly to Sudan

currency Local currency

The currency of Sudan is the Sudanese Pound (SDG). Currency exchanges, banks or bureaux de change found in hotels will only accept USD and EUR, so you will want to have some Sudanese pounds prior to arrival. Foreign cards, both debit and credit, are not accepted in Sudan.

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Arabic is the official language of Sudan. Some locals will speak a little English, especially around built-up areas, major cities and in hotels.

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There are two types of plugs used in Sudan – Type C and Type D with a standard voltage and frequency of 230V/50Hz. Consider purchasing a plug adapter before you travel should you require one.

charities Cultural considerations

Sudan is a predominantly Muslim country. It’s worth considering modest local dress, and remembering to be respectful when visiting any religious sites.

Flying to Sudan: FAQs

What is Sudan famous for?

Sudan has an array of attractions that it’s known for around the world – from the Omdurman camel market to its lost pyramids. Alongside its many archaeological sites, it’s also famous for its stunning Red Sea coast.

How long do I need to visit Sudan?

A week is enough time to explore Sudan. You can see Khartoum and discover surrounding areas in this time. Adding a further week to your trip will allow for a trip to Port Sudan, where the snorkelling comes highly recommended. You may spot hammerhead sharks and dolphins among the coral islands.

What is the national food of Sudan?

Kisra is one of the most popular dishes in the country. It’s a corn flatbread that’s often served alongside a hearty stew, such as goraasa be dama. Peanuts are often used in Sudanese food as well. Many meals are taken on floor pillows.

What is the main culture of Sudan?

The majority of people in Sudan are Muslim. But the country has a mix of cultures including Baqqārah Arabs and the Otoro tribes. While there are over 100 languages spoken in Sudan, Arabic and English remain the two most common.

Why we love Sudan

“Sudanese food will have you coming back time and time again. Visit Khartoum’s sprawling markets and track down a stall selling foul and tamiya, it’s a spicy bean paste with delicious falafels on the side. Mop up the sauce with a fresh piece of Arabian-style cornbread.”

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