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Tuti

tourism Posted on Wed, December 13, 2017 14:57:19

Tuti island, where the Blue and White Niles merge, has always been seen as a little garden paradise in the centre of Khartoum, for which it used to provide most of the vegetables.

But a bridge that has connected the islanders to mainland Sudan has also brought them into the 21st Century and changed life irrevocably.

The Nile is the gift from heaven the [ferry] trip is very nice – it’s free air-conditioning

They watched the skyline of the capital change dramatically over the past decade, but remained divorced from many aspects of modernity.

Until last year, the island was only accessible by small ferries, but now the bridge literally seems to connect it to Khartoum’s most striking landmark, the Burj Al-Fateh Hotel – known as “Corinthia Hotle”

“The bridge has changed my life,” says Abdilrahman, a farmer tilling his 5,000 sq metre plot with oxen not far from the banks of the White Nile, across from the parliament buildings.

“Before that, I used the ferry to take my vegetables to the market which was very expensive – it would take a long time and now it’s very easy for me,” he says



Khartoum

tourism Posted on Wed, December 13, 2017 14:50:42

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.

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.



Sudan Tourism History

tourism Posted on Wed, December 13, 2017 14:43:56

Sudan enjoys various tourist resources due to the availability of enormous natural capabilities. It is regarded as one of the richest African countries in wildlife, birds and Nile natural scenery which encourages tourism investment. The climate in Sudan is characterized by varied climatic conditions which are moderate all the year round in the Red Sea area especially in the highlands such as Erkwiet Summer Resort.

The special concern being attached to the promotion of tourism in Sudan is necessitated by many factors represented in the necessity of activating domestic internal tourism, notably among the youths to familiarize with their country. Tourism activity also makes youths realize the power of Almighty Allah, thus deepening their faith in Him. It as well inculcates them with love for their country and is further considered an important economic resource as it brings foreign currency to the country. Tourism also promotes acquaintance and friendly relations with other people who are attracted to our country by its vast tourist resources.

In this way, tourism plays two key roles. First it boosts Sudan’s good image to the outside world, reflecting the good nature of its people, its civilization, its popular heritage and its arts. Secondly, it contributes to the boosting of popular diplomacy of the country.

Sudan witnessed many successive civilizations such as those of Meroe and Kouh. The antiquities of those civilizations are still seen in many areas of the Northern State, Shendi area, Al-Bejrawia, Al-Naqa’, Al-Musawarat, Merawie, karima, Al-Berkal Mountain and others. These tourist resources can generate a great revenue of foreign currency for the country if they are utilized and promoted in the best way in the international tourism markets.

Such being the case, the promotion of these resources gives Sudanese citizens the opportunity to spend their vacations inside the country, a matter which reduces the negative effects resulting from traveling abroad for tourist purposes.

Tourism activity started in Sudan since the dawn of independence with the country’s meager resources being carefully and honestly directed to reflect Sudan’s splendid tourist image to the outside world. The state, represented in the General Administration of Wildlife, embarked on the establishment of many game parks and reserves so that wild animals are well protected, bearing in mind that they are a national wealth to be treasured and passed on to the coming generations (game reserves of Nemolie, Booma, Al-Zaraf in the Southern States).

Antiquities Sites and Natural Areas:
Sudan is considered one of the few countries which enjoy a variety of tourism resources. These resources are represented in the Red Sea Coast which extends for more than 700 kilometers and is characterized by many tourist attractions, including diving and under-water photography, besides boat-rowing and water skiing.

The Red Sea Coast enjoys many gulfs and coral reefs as the area is free from contamination which plagues many seas and tourist areas in the world.
Sudan also enjoys an ancient heritage in the field of civilizations and antiquities representing a great attraction for tourists both from within and outside the country.

This heritage is centered in the Northern areas including Al-Nag’a Al-Musawarat, Karima, Al-Berkal, Merowie, Dongola and others. These areas and others saw ancient civilizations proved by the remains of the pyramids and temples, with a great part of them still lying unearthed. These areas attract many experts and researchers in this field. In addition, they are considered archaeological sites not experiencing any tourist leap before despite the availability of huge resources in them.

Central areas in Sudan including Sennar and Sinja contain antiquities of Al-Funj Kingdom (The Black Sultanate). The antiquities of this area bear testimony to the long and authentic history of the kingdom. There are many antiquities of the Mahdi State in east and west of Sudan and in the National Capital. These antiquities which reflect the glory and history of the Sudanese people, beside the existence of many other antiquities in other areas deserve concern to attract tourists from abroad to get acquainted with the history of the country.

In East Sudan, at Sawakin area, on the Red Sea, there are great antiquities indicating the existence of a historically great period of Sudan’s history. Sawakin island, for example, is considered one of the areas which witnessed urban development and unique styles of architecture. It is now regarded as one of the world’s few areas in this field. There are many tourists interested in this aspect of history and who can be attracted to these sites.

The state also set up Al-Dinder National Tourist Park for wildlife in the central state in 1935. This park is considered one of the greatest game reserves in Africa. It occupies a unique position north of the equator on an area of 2,470 square miles.

In 1990, the Government announced the establishment of Sanganieb national marine reserve on an area of about 12 square kilometers as a first Sudanese sea reserve at the Red Sea area. The government also set up Arous Tourist Village at the Red Sea area and villages of Jemieza in the Equatorial State. Areas of games are represented in the Red Sea Hills and birds hunting at Kindy Lake in Darfur state after it had been protected against poaching.

There are also game areas in South Sudan, Al-Dari Mountain, Al-Fuweir area, Al-Rugia Al-Zargha area, Talha Al-Misairi and Foanghar Mountain in Kordofan State.

Jebel Marra

Jebel Marra lies in western Sudan, one of the most distinct places in Darfur region. It stretches for several hundred miles from the small town of Kas in the South up to the outskirts of Al Fasher in the North, covering an area of almost 12800 square kilometers. Jabal Marra is 10,000 ft above sea level, the second highest in the country. It consists of a range of mountains 240 km long and 80 km wide, with waterfalls, volcanic lakes in an outstanding scenic beauty. The climate of the mountain is mild and of Mediterranean nature, where it rains almost the whole year round and that allows for the growth of abundant vegetation of citrus, apples and clusters of dense forest trees. Jebel Marra’s heavy rainfall and numerous gorges supply vast arable lands with a continuous flow of water turning it into ideal soil for the cultivation of sorghum, millet, vegetables and a wide variety of orchard trees.



Karima

tourism Posted on Wed, December 13, 2017 14:36:45

Karima, The ancient Napata

Around 780 b.C. King Alara unified upper
Nubia. The worship of the God Amon was resurrected, centred in Napata at
Jebel Barkal, provoking a renaissance of Egyptian culture in Kush.
Alara’s successor, Kashta expanded into Lower Nubia and claimed the
symbolic title of Pharaoh, setting the stage for the Nubian conquest of
Egypt. He was followed by Piankhy who took control over Thebes and
started the 25th Dynasty, also known as the Nubian or Black Pharaohs
dynasty.

The main centre of the Kushite Kingdom was in Napata and the big
Temple of Amon at the base of the holy mountains Jebel Barkal was the
centre of the worshipping of the god. Landmark in the Nubian Desert,
Jebel Barkal (“Jebel” means mountain in Arabic) can be seen from a few
dozens of kilometres whilst still in the open desert. At the foot of
this wonderful isolated red sandstone mountain with cliffs and
considered holy since the ancient times there is the big temple,
dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and to their patron Amon. The
Amon’s ancient “Pure Mountain”, the Olympus of the Nubians, had been
the religious Nubian heart for more than 1700 years. Besides the ruins
of the big temple there are still several sculptured granite rams that
were supposed to border a long avenue that probably led to the pier on
the Nile. In the mountain wall there is a big room decorated with
bas-relief.

The royal necropolis of the ancient city of Napata, had a large
number of pyramids in three different places. One was on the western
side of the Jebel Barkal Mountain where we can see ruins of ancient
pyramids of unknown royals. Another one is in El Kurru, a dozen of
kilometres southwards from the mountain where it is possible to visit
one of the two tombs which are excavated in the rock under the pyramids –
partially collapsed – and are totally decorated with images of the
Pharaoh, of the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. In the
Necropolis of El Kurru many pharaohs are buried including Piankhy and
his beloved horses. But the probably best known Black Pharaoh is Taharqa
(690-664 bC) who took the borders of his empire to the edge of Libya
and Palestine. He was the founder of the newest Necropolis of Nuri
located on the eastern side of the Nile River.