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Sudan: Itineraries & tips

"Sudan is a conservative Islamic country with a strict dress code for women."bunchofbackpackers.com
"Sudan is an Islamic country and everyone I talked to was very religious."bunchofbackpackers.com
"Sudan is our neighboring country and i have never imagined visiting becoz of insecurity."wanderingtrader.com
"Sudan is a very dry country and water was scarce."thetraveltart.com
"Sudan: costs and requirements."bunchofbackpackers.com

Sudan location

Northern Africa

Located

Sudan at a glance

Dinar (SDG)

Currency

English

Language

Average (3 of 5)

Level of costs

Trendy (4 of 5)

Tourism trend change

Unsafe (26 / 100)

Safety index

Underdeveloped (51 / 100)

Human development index

Best itineraries

Things to do

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If you’re interested in visiting other parts of South Sudan, there are opportunities to do so by joining a small group or private tour. The most popular experience for visitors is to see some of the traditional tribes. The only way to really do this is to contact a local guide/tour operator on the ground.

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Embassy timings – Officially, the Embassy opens at 9am but the immigration guy didn’t show up until 10:30am. ...

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If you have never been to a camel market I strongly recommend you visit this one. There are thousands of camels and other cattle on show and up for grabs. The wheelers and dealers there are all very friendly and welcoming to tourists and you might even find yourself a ...

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Eat & drink

The feast starts and the table is stuffed with local foods. In front of me sits a bowl of crushed broad beans with an egg, tomato, and onion- Sudanese foul. It is followed by molokheya– a sticky green sauce made with local vegetable and kisra– a thin sour pancake. Next to it, someone put a plate with aseeda– a ...

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The famous Cafe Ozone is within walking distance, so are pizzerias and all kind of eateries. This area is much more pleasant than Central Khartoum, where Hotel Acropolis is located ...

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Cafe Ozone Khartum

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General

I think when you’re going to do something, you have to go all out. What would be the point of just getting arrested if I wasn’t detained? And getting detained wouldn’t be any fun if I wasn’t arrested, right? Safe to say it was a terrifying experience that I can go back and ..

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From my experience in Juba over a couple of days, the city felt much safer than I had expected. It’s clear to see that life isn’t easy for the South Sudan (visit South Sudan itineraries)ese people, with trucks carrying ‘clean drinking water’ around town, roads in terrible condition, garbage everywhere and limited options for food here.

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They also offer tours, which are also completely overpriced, ie trip to camel market with visit of Souk of Omdurman. ...

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I would not recommend Sudan for rookie or beginner backpackers. Some previous Africa experience is definitely useful to have. The facilities in Sudan can be very basic. There are no real restaurants and few places to truly unwind. For example, if you would like to read a book, you will most likely end up in a broken ...

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Itinerary

How to get there – Transportation in South Sudan - Bus from Kampala to Juba, Uganda to South Sudan (visit South Sudan itineraries) - Money and Visas – Formalities in South Sudan (see itineraries) - South Sudan Visa in Nairobi, Kenya - Prices and cost of living in South Sudan - Prices in Juba – South Sudan (visit South Sudan itineraries) Travel Guide: Scattered throughout the city of Juba, huge ...

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I’ll always remember how I felt when we stepped into Sudan’s enclosure in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. I remember how I felt huge respect, slight fear, and keen interest all the same time towards this beautiful and magnificent animal which was standing right there, just a few meters from us.

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Here is the itinerary I put together for my group when we travelled around Sudan. This could easily be modified if you are travelling overland from Ethiopia to Egypt (more about Egypt), by adding 2 extra nights to allow for travel from/to the borders. ...

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I spent 18 days in Sudan, but lingered quite a long time in Khartoum. This is an example of a two-week Sudan backpacking itinerary which takes you from the Egyptian border to the Ethiopian border. ...

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Costs

Visited places: Wadi Halfa, Abri, Dongola, Karima, Atbara, Meroe, Khartoum, Kassala, Gadaref ...

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In Sudan, one could easily travel for less than $20 a day. These are some of the most typical costs. ...

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Timings – If you apply in the morning, you can get your visa by 3pm ...

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Sudan is easy on the wallet. I only spent about 18 USD’s per day. You can find a detailed overview of my costs of backpacking in Sudan here. As stated previously, you will need to bring enough US dollars inside the country, because you won’t be able to simply withdraw money once you’re inside.

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Highlights of Sudan

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Accommodation

, I can only stay at the cleared hotels form UNMISS such as Hotel Diplomat where I stayed last time. The staff at Diplomat are helpful and understanding and it helps that it is located very close to the airport. ...

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Hotel Diplomat

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After researching our limited accommodation choices in Juba, we decided to book our stay with Acacia village . This place has been recommended by other travellers due to comfort and facilities. But most of all for the high level of security it offers. ...

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Also, the exact day of departure always changes. My boat departed on a Wednesday, but usually, it used to leave every Thursday. Nowadays it seems to be leaving every Sunday. So I stayed four nights in Aswan before being able to go to Sudan. ...

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I stayed four nights in Aswan

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Entrance to Hotel Nasser, very simple but lovely owner who knows everything tourists need to know. ...

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Hotel Acropole

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