Things To Do In Khartoum
The second largest city and capital of Sudan, Khartoum is situated at the confluence of White Nile and Blue Nile. Naturally, the city has lush of beautiful riverside views and speculating landscapes where you will find a lot to capture as sweet memories of your Sudan trip. This tripartite metropolis is popular all over in the country for its wide green treasure and naturally elegant cataracts of the river Nile.
When To Go:
The country lies in the tropical region and climate there is variable from arid in the northern part to tropical in the southwestern region. Of course, temperature does not vary highly as per seasonal changes in any region here but rainfall is a seasonal variable to be noticed. This region remains dry from January to March while scarce rainfall can be experienced all around the country leaving a little region in the Northwest Sudan where light rain can be experienced occasionally.
January is the coldest month in Khartoum representing 6 degree Celsius the lowest temperature. This makes the place lesser flourished from tourists during this month. The weather becomes totally unfavorable during April when heavy rain and thunderstorms cover the southern Sudan. For this region, April is not recommended to visit the place until and unless you are willing to witness the river beauty in heavy rainfall and has sufficient gears to resist rain.
July is the season of moist air in Khartoum while in August humidity extends towards its general limits in the northern part. From September, dryness in air starts and continues to spreading till the end of December, covering the whole country. September is one of the favorable times of the year to enjoy a trip to Khartoum. Another good time to plan a tour there is the month of October or December when you will face neither too hot nor too cold weather. Especially, if you are going with kids, this point is of special attention for you.
Whenever you plan a trip to Khartoum, one thing to be kept on mind is that temperature becomes the highest at the end of dry season while the sky remains cloudless during this period. On the other hand, when dry season becomes shorter, the temperature remains uniform in the southern region throughout the year. May and June have been marked as the hottest months in Khartoum representing 48 and 41 degree Celsius as the highest and average temperature, respectively. The northernmost part of Khartoum bears short rainy seasons with high temperature during noons. Highlands always remain cooler in usual.
So, let’s move further to know more about the city in the form of top attractions and things to do in Khartoum, Sudan…
A calm, beautiful junction of white and blue Nile, representing an awesome blend of Africa and Middle East where the all you can have is lots of natural scenes and multiple tea points to sit and witness the beauty of river Nile. Planning a drive along Nile Street offers you a good chance to know natives well and stroll over to enjoy sitting below the shadow of large, old trees. This can be one of the pleasant pastimes for those who want to enjoy some time alone in company of the Mother Nature.
This bustling destination can add spice in your Sudan trip if you can have a private cruise for an hour or two; this will make your drive over the Nile Street faster and simpler to explore all those remarkable buildings having no attractive appearance, lush green walkovers and natives representing the best combination of African and Islamic cultures. A family park representing the junction of both the Niles in corner is good place to visit to offer your family and children a destination for memorable photos.
People visiting to the country for exploring history should visit to this place. Although, there is not much to see here still it is a place of attraction for the Chinese visitors who walk to see the staircase where the China Gordon was killed by the Great Mahdi. Earlier, this corner of the Presidential Palace was popular for St. Michael Church which has been transformed into a museum now. Also, the palace is now being reconstructed but evidences from the colonial history will remain same forever.
The portrait of British Kings and the ancient old Rolls Royaces are remarkable examples of the ancient time architecture here. The final line to say is that it does not worth visiting if you have no more time to explore all the attractions during your trip to Khartoum as you can utilize your time watching something more worthy there. Also, if you are driving through the Nile Street, you can see the Presidential Palace from there also.
Khartoum War Cemetery
Again, it is one more noteworthy place in the city for those who are having a historical trip here. Enjoying calm environment in this place, people like commemorating the war dead from the war of 1885 started against Mahdi. Two attendants always take care of the cemetery so that you can also collect interesting historical information about the place.
Although, there are 400 Commonwealth war graves in the Khartoum War Cemetery but you will be disappointed to know that most of the war deads buried there are not still in the grave; many of their families had taken them. Now, scripts on the graves only can give you some idea about the war history. The busy street and NISS just opposite to the cemetery makes this place beautiful to see.
Are you willing to explore some more natural places and native culture in Sudan? If yes, nothing can be better idea than visiting to the Tuti Island, Khartoum. Although, there is nothing very special to see there but you can explore ethnic culture of the country in general Sudanese village during the time you cross the beautiful bridge across the River Nile in order to visit the island. Apart from a contrast view of the developed city in Khartoum, nothing much is there to see in the village.
The bridge over the Blue Nile passes over lovely kaleidoscopic views of lush green natural points, ultimately stopping at the merging point of Blue and White Nile. If you are fond of fishing and want to plan a fishing picnic out with children, this place is waiting for you. A great combination of conventional fishing, vegetative area and friendly people there will catch your heart. Well, it is nothing but an ordinary island, still you will love to spend time here for doing interesting things like drinking mint tea, roaming in local farms, enjoying vernacular architecture and relaxing on the River Bank.
Jabal al awliya dam
People looking for the way to get some different experience from the monotony of the Khartoum city love to visit the Jabal al awliya dam. Situated about 1.5 hours driving from the main Khartoum, this dam is good place to sit calmly, have nice tea time and enjoying watching fishes jumping up the fish ladder. There is nothing special to see here but marked as a good spot for family picnic.
Although, only few stalls, a bar and fishing sites are there as pastime but plenty of space is there for children to play, to relax and to enjoy fishing. The only precaution you have to take here is not to snap picture as it is a high security area where taking photographs is restricted. Policemen in civil dresses can arrest you for taking photos here.
Sabaloka Gorge (Al Sabalouga)
From six cataracts of the River Nile, the sixth one is situated near the village of Al Sabalouga, in Northern Khartoum. This impressive place is easy to reach from the main city and you can visit the place from your private car. All through the way to Sabaloka Gorge, a view to plains covered with sand and stones with beautiful houses shattered on them brings different panorama of the city for you. The way ends on lush green beauty going through banana plantations. The most lovable things to do here for tourists is riding on the boat and enjoying the lunch of freshly cooked fish after fishing.
From historical point of view also, this place is must watch as you can spot the place where Mahdi and Kitchener fought during the Commonwealth war. Native people are poor but royal by nature and do everything for your comfort and let you feel that you should return here if you visit to Khartoum again in future. You should not expect any water fall; however the scenic beauty is magnificent for cherishing memories. Outdoor camping is an interesting activity carried out by adventure tourists here.
Sudan Art Diwan
As Sudan is situated in the Northern part of Africa, there is no much extent or African art here still conventional African artistic style can be explored in Sudan Art Diwan. It is an attractive art gallery showcasing etching, painting, miniatures and artworks. Here you can see impressive artworks by Sudanese beating international dimensions of aestheticism.
Al Kabir Mosque
This piece of art has been build more than a century ago; now subjected for renovation. This building is an example of speculating art of Turkish artisans. Build in Turkish style, Al Kabir Mosque is center of religious beliefs for many committed people.
This building is under threat of disappearance behind new skyscraping temples and rapid flow of industrialization. Situated almost in the central part of the city, this mosque is somewhat ignored by officials for development. Also, taking photos of the mosque is prohibited.
Going through the series of well maintained cemeteries in Khartoum, people enjoy visiting this place for its oasis green beauty. This beautiful place has been developed for commemoration of fallen of World War II. It is also a historical milestone but unfortunately not listed as must visit tourist places here. WWII Cemetery bears more than 300 graves of fallen of the world war second.
A calm and relaxing place flourished with multiple restaurants where you can sit and relax. This is also a good place for river journey. Pavements have been built in this part of Khartoum so that visitors can walk over the river Nile but nothing extra is there than a nice view of Nile. During the war time in the 19th century, the Great Mahdi and Kirschner’s encounter has made this place one among of those having historical importance. Despite of gentrification of the city, Al Mogran has still evidences of history for visitors to offer them calm feeling of ancient time.
So, don’t forget to pick an afternoon out of your schedule and enjoy great deal of relaxation in this place. As Al Mogran is situated at the junction of two rivers (Blue and White Nile), it is habituated by lush gardens and vegetation with an amusement park of children’s interest here. This is the best destination to see how native people spend their weekends; squatting the lawns with blankets for whole family to enjoy, kids playing around the trees, having drinks in open air places and simply sitting below shady trees to enjoy leisure are some main activities people there love to enjoy weekends. The special thing to discover here is various views of migrant birds which can be snapped for collecting various colors of Khartoum.
Sudan National Museum
Despite of being ignored and in sorry state, this museum is recommended to be visited by anthropologists, researchers and historians for sure. From the invasion of Turkey on Sudan, the history of this country starts which proceeds in a really interesting way. You will be surprised to know here that the exhibition of Christian affected the country in past, that’s why the place worth visiting. Being the only source for knowing about the ancient Sudan civilizations, this place is of the first preference for those who are writing their thesis in history of Sudan.
Many be you will experience dull lighting and lack of brightness to see the leading ancient art pieces but with the help of a torch you can have good view of those creative things that cannot be missed during a historical trip. For people who are looking for innovation, Sudan National Museum is nothing more than an ancient styled museum which does not have anything to enjoy.
The Kumma Temple situated on the eastern part of the river catches attention of those who cometo see the museum; this temple does not look great at the first sight but interior of the same is a nice place to see. A main entrance and another entrance from the pillared side lead the main doorway towards two smaller rooms from where two tiny rooms lead off.
University of Khartoum
If you are willing to see some historical signs of British from colonial time here, this place of architectural value is definitely for you. Especially, if you are planning to visit the Sudan National Museum and certain point near to the blue river bank, you should not forget including the University of Khartoum in your schedule as it is situated nearby the national museum.
No doubt, the university is good for its education standard and architecture but the library needs utilization of advance technology so that readers can have a simplified way to discover information. Over a century old building has rich source to know about history and represent important names from history. Due to dissatisfactory condition of the main road of University, the government faces criticism many times. This classic architecture offers the chance of attaining degree in Medicine, Law, Engineering and Arts etc. to students.
A good museum, still not many interesting things to watch; worth watching but small, Ethnographic Museum museum is good to let you know that Sudan has more number of pyramids than Egypt but smaller in size. Some parts of the museum are undergoing renovation; situated in the heart of the city, just in front of the bridge to the Northern Khartoum, this quite place is nice to offer you a funny afternoon when you want to stay away from noise and traffic of the main city. The free and featured artefacts from all over the country materialize the name of this museum. Even you will love to enjoy a sandwich below the shade of the Pergola in the garden of this place.
So this is all to know about the places of attraction in Khartoum. The most important thing to be taken under consideration is choosing the right guide who can explain you all about the places in the form of stories. Also, if you are not used t of communicating in local language you should hire a travel guide who can talk in English. Some more interesting things there can be reconstruction of ancient temples but the riverside view and history of the place are of the first preference in attractions.