Khartoum


Khartoum by night
Photo by: wikipedia, Creative Commons

The country of Sudan has been magnified for the past few years due to the genocide in Darfur. Surprising as it may seem, this war torn region still attracts tourists in many areas, particularly Khartoum. The state capital is located at a conjunction between the Blue Nile and the White Nile, the first flowing from Lake Victoria, and the latter from Ethiopia. When both Niles meet it is often called the al-Mogran. Founded by the ruler of Egypt, Ibrahim Pasha, Khartoum was once just an outpost for the army. Then eventually it grew into a centre of trade, that including slave trade.

Khartoum is perfect for those who want to escape the cold weather and enjoy hot arid climate. Precipitation here occurs only in July and August. Khartoum is not laid back at all. It’s currently gone through huge development projects including the Al-Mogran Development Project, two five-star hotels, a new airport and two new bridges: MacNimir and Tuti. Khartoum has so many magnificent bridges that connect to Khartoum north, Omdurman and three other cities. These bridges include the Blue Nile Road and Railway Bridge, White Nile Bridge, Shambat Bridge, Kobat Bridge, and eight more, some of which are still under construction.

Khartoum is haven for tourists who love site-seeing and shopping. The National Museum of Sudan displays great epochs of Sudanese history including exhibits of historic Egyptian temples. Other sites include the Palace Museum and the Presidential Palace that is just adjacent to it.

You will enjoy shopping for cheap but incredible stuff in Khartoum. They have open markets called souqs. The Souq Arabi is the largest in the region and it is located south of the Great Mosque. There are many sections of merchandise here including one that sells gold. The Afra Mall is also a great shopping place with movie theatres, children’s playground, retail outlets, a supermarket, coffee shops and also a bowling alley.

But what a tourist shouldn’t miss is seeing Khartoum at night, as it is very scenic. Khartoum is indeed a beauty amidst the all the wrath.

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