Khartoum is one of Central Africa’s most modern cities. Built where the Blue and White Niles join, the city boasts high-rise buildings, paved roads and all the amenities you may need or want. While some travelers consider it a mere stopover, those who spend more than an afternoon there will uncover its culture and find much to appreciate. The people are hospitable, crime is low and the riverside setting is spectacular.
The prettiest street in the capital is likely Nile Street, bordered by the Blue Nile on one side and lovely colonial buildings on the other. Most house ministries, hotels and schools, but the Presidential Palace also stands on the stretch. Passing in front of the building is forbidden, and the guards will instruct you to proceed across the road, but it is still worth trying to catch a glimpse of the palace. You can, however, visit the Sudan Presidential Palace Museum on the grounds. Inside is an impressive collection of artifacts related to the country’s history and culture, including extravagant presidential cars and paintings by Sir Gordon Pasha.
Nile Street is also the more modern face of Khartoum. The tree-lined road is home to many architecturally interesting sights, including the Chinese-built Friendship Hall and the Al-Fateh Tower, an egg-shaped eye-catcher owned by Libya.
The Blue and White branches of the Nile converge about four kilometers from Nile Street at Al Mogran. The sight is best taken in from the metal bridge that links Khartoum with its neighbor, Omdurman. If you look closely, you can actually see the two different shades of water come together as they mix downriver.
The Al Mogran Family Park, located near the confluence, is a great place for families to spend an afternoon. The park boasts ferris wheels and other rides, open green spaces and plenty of street vendors offering up delicious local delicacies.
If you want to throw yourself right into the middle of Khartoum’s culture and action, head to the Souq Arabi, or the Arabian Market. Located in the town’s commercial heart, the market can provide everything you may need and more.
The Sudan National Museum is undoubtedly impressive. The recently revamped collection includes three temples imported from Aswan, Egypt, and you will have most of the museum to yourself if you arrive in the early morning.
The small but fascinating Sudan Ethnographic Museum is also worth a visit. The detailed exhibits explore the many cultures and traditions of the country’s diverse ethnic groups through models of traditional homes, intricate handicrafts and other artifacts.
In the evenings, enjoy a tea from one of the many cafes on Nile Avenue, take in a film at the French Cultural Center or British Council, groove to a local band or wander around Tuti Island to watch the sun set from the suspension bridge.
Khartoum Geographical Location
Khartoum is located at the convergence of the White and Blue Nile in the central south east of Sudan.
It is Sudan’s largest city with an approximate population of 5,275,000 in the metropolitan area.
Arabic and English are the official languages of Sudan. Arabic is the most common native language and English is used predominately to conduct business. The Arabic constitution states that all indigenous languages of
Sudan are national languages.
Khartoum Predominant Religion
- 97% Sunni Muslim
- 3% Other
The other 3% of the population predominately practices Christianity and animist traditional beliefs.
The Sudanese Pound is the official currency of Sudan.
It is very hot throughout the year in Khartoum with little rainfall. Khartoum is known to be one of the hottest capitals of the world.
Khartoum Main Attractions
- Nile Street
- Sudan National Museum
- Al Mogran Family Park
Other Attraction in Khartoum
- Souq Arabi
- Sudan Presidential Palace Museum
- Tuti Island
- University of Khartoum