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SUDAN TOURS

One of Africa's largest countries, our Sudan tours have always attracted intrepid explorers looking to discover the secrets of the ancient civilisations and ruins found within the Nubian desert.

Tour Sudan and explore its dusty old streets and the bustling souks of the capital city Khartoum to the beauty of the Nile Valley and the ever-friendly Sudanese people, home to Egyptian tombs and lost Turkish and Roman cities, our Sudan tours offers a completely unique travel experience.

Join one of our small group Sudan tours as we explore this vast and mysterious North African country.

Starting in mesmerising Khartoum, our Sudan tours explore the untamed beauty of the Nubian Desert as we travel through strange rock formations and forgotten temples on the way to the black pyramids of Meroe and the holy mountain of Jebel Barkal.

Enjoy tranquil nights sleeping under the stars in our desert camps or learn more about the local Sudanese people and culture when spending the night in a traditional Nubian house - making a Sudan tour one of the most memorable holiday destination imaginable!

A Sudan tour can also be partnered with its neighbouring countries. Contact us for more details.

Do you want to tour Sudan but need more inspiration? Here are some quick facts that will make you want to explore Africa.

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Do you want to know more about Sudan and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the Sudan tourism board for more information.

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Sudan

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Min: 2 | Max: 16

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B- 9, L - 8, D - 6

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Capital city Khartoum, Sufi Whirling Dervishes, old souk of Omdurman, Naga & Mussawarat, Meroe Pyramids, Jebel Barkal, Nubian house in Karim...


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are Sudan tours safe?

Sudan is safe for tourists to visit if you avoid the dangerous areas and follow the advice of authorities.

What is the official currency of Sudan?

The currency used in Sudan is the Sudanese pound (SD), which is made up of 100 subunits known as piastre or qirsh.

When is the best time of the year for Sudan tours?

The best time to visit is from November to February, as the temperatures are the lowest, making travel more comfortable. March to May is a good time for diving trips in the Red Sea.

What should you wear in Sudan?

Dress conservatively if you are a woman, and cover your legs, cleavage and shoulders. Men should avoid wearing shorts or being bare-chested in public areas.

Can you drink the tap water in Sudan?

The water is unsafe to drink in Sudan, so you should only drink bottled water during your trip

How much is a meal in Sudan?

How much a meal costs in Sudan depends entirely on what type of food you’re interested in – street food, fast food, or a high end restaurant, the price of your meal will differ. For example, a meal at an inexpensive restaurant can range from $3,00 whereas a McDonalds combo meal is roughly $5,00.

Do people in Sudan speak English?

Sudan is a multilingual country dominated by Sudanese Arabic. It is a country that has over 60 indigenous languages spoken, however the official language of the country is English.

How much would a trip to Sudan cost?

The amount of money you want to spend on a trip to Sudan depends on a few factors - how long your planning on staying, what you plan on doing, and your budget of course. Have a look at our Sudan tours here to see what options we have to offer.

Where should we go in Sudan?

There are many places to visit in Sudan – a few of our favourite places to visit are Khartoum, the Red Sea, the Pyramids of Meroe, Musawarat, Dinder National Park, the deserted Nile City of Old Dongola.

Have a look at our Sudan tours here and get a glimpse at the many places you’ll get to visit.

How many days in Sudan is enough?

8 days are enough days to cover some of the major sites in – Khartoum to Wadi Halfa or the other way around.

Also, you might want to include Egypt with Sudan in one trip - since travelling overland between Egypt and Sudan has become a lot easier after having new road and port for crossing over land.

What is the best month to visit Sudan?

The best time to visit Sudan is around Jan where temperature start to average 30°C. However, temperatures can halve at night during Dec-Feb, making travel more bearable. In the desert itself, temperatures can dip a lot, with cold winds whipping your fleeces and down jackets out of your bag in an instant.

Is Sudan expensive?

Sudan is a relatively affordable country to visit and the amount of money you spend depends on your budget, however your average daily budget can range from $50 to $100.

How do I plan a trip to Sudan?

The best way to see Sudan depends on your individual travel interests. At Encounters Travel we offer an immersive and authentic Sudan yours – from exploring the souks of the capital city Khartoum to discovering the secrets of the ancient civilisations and ruins found within the Nubian desert.

How much is a meal in Sudan?

How much you spend on a meal in Sudan depends on which type of restaurants and food establishments you visit. A meal for two at a mid-range restaurant can cost around $10-15, whilst the average lunch and a drink for one person costs between $4-6.

Do people in Sudan speak English?

The official languages of the country are Arabic and English. However South Sudan is a multilingual country – locals speak over 60 indigenous languages, with the most widely spoken languages being; Dinka, Nuer, Bari, and Zande.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Sudan?

Yes, these vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow fever and cholera, and your yearly flu shot.

The CDC recommends a meningitis vaccine if you plan on visiting parts of Sudan located in the meningitis belt during the dry season.

How much would a trip to Sudan cost?

The cost of a trip to Sudan depends on what you want to see and the places you want to visit.

We recommend a minimum of 20 USD per day as your budget, including food, activities and your accommodation.

Where should we go in Sudan?

Sudan is one of Africa’s largest countries, however we recommend visiting the ancient ruins found within the Nubian desert, the bustling souks of the capital city Khartoum as well as the black pyramids of Meroe and the holy mountain of Jebel Barkal.

How many days in Sudan is enough?

We recommend spending a minimum of 5 days in Sudan to see important monuments and sites – with the optimal amount of time being 10 days.

What is the best month to visit Sudan?

It is believed that the best months to visit Sudan are from November to February. These are Sudan’s cooler months making travel more comfortable. For driving trips to the Red Sea, we recommend visiting in March as this is the most popular time to visit.

Is Sudan expensive?

Sudan is quite affordable by Western standards, food is relatively cheap with the average meal costing around $6 – accommodation costs are also relatively low.

Travellers should budget $30 dollars per day, this includes food, accommodation and activities, making Sudan a suitable and affordable tour option.

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Sudan Country Guide

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Factfile


Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +249
Area: 1,886 million km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Sudan is the Red Sea at 0m | The highest point in Sudan is Kinyeti at 3,187m (10,456 ft.)
Population: 41,511,526 (2018)
Capital: Khartoum
Governemnt: Representative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic
Language: Arabic, Englis

Sudan, also known as North Sudan since South Sudan's independence and officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a country in North Africa. The country is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, and Libya to the northwest.

The most widely spoken language in the country is Sudanese Arabic. This language is a variety of Arabic and has borrowed much vocabulary from local Nilo-Saharan languages (Nobiin, Fur, Zaghawa, Mabang). As a result, the dialect is unique to Sudan.

Following the 2011 division, which split off Sudan, more than 97% of the population practises Islam. Many of the Muslim locals are divided between two groups: Sufi and Salafi (Ansar Al-Sunnah) Muslims. Religious identity has played a role in the political divisions.

The terrain of Sudan is characterised by flat plains and mountain ranges. In the west, the Deriba Caldera in the Marrah Mountains is the highest point in Sudan. Sudan is the third-largest country in the country in the world (after Algeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

The most important sector in Sudan is agriculture, which contributes to 39% of GDP. The legal system in Sudan is based on Islamic Sharia law - a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. The capital of Sudan is Khartoum, situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile.

Highlights

  • Nuba Mountains - a forested area home to the Nuba group of people in South Kordofan.
  • Kerma - one of the oldest inhabited towns in Africa and a vast archaeological site in Nubia.
  • Kerma Museum - an edifice displaying relics from the Kerma site, with seven granite statues and Nubian artefacts.
  • Port Sudan - Sudan's only major industrial port with historical buildings, and a popular diving destination.
  • National Museum - one of Sudan's best museums displaying royal statues and 3,500-year-old artefacts.
  • Naqa - a ruined ancient city and trading station, east of the Nile, with two striking temples.
  • Sai Island - an island in Abri, with an Egyptian temple, Ottoman fort and a medieval church.
  • Khatmiyah Mosque - positioned by the Taka Mountains, this elaborate mosque has arcade columns and a prayer hall.

Tips

  • Ask permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites.
  • Eat with your right hand, as the left hand is considered unclean.
  • Stay hydrated throughout your trip, as the weather is extremely warm and dry.
  • As Sudan is an Islamic state, drugs and alcohol are illegal in the country.
  • Bring loose-fitting and comfortable clothing along with sun cream and a hat.
  • Don't expect to see markets selling souvenirs, as Sudan is not a touristy place.
  • When entering a mosque, women will be expected to cover their heads.
  • Homosexuality is illegal in Sudan and in some cases has been punishable by death.

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