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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 25, 2015
Road from Khartoum to Addis Ababa

Hi everyone, i am going overland from Cairo to Capetown. I would like to know the transportation options from Khartoum to Addis Ababa and also chat with someone who has made the similar journey north to south. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
nonverbal communication  (2 Answers)

Hi I am wondering if there are nonverbal communications such as gestures, eye contact, greetings,and personal space that I would need to know when approaching a person from sudan.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2015
Is it worth snorkelling in Sudan Read See.

It is a long way from the archeological sites to enjoy it?
two days is enough to arrive and to bath in the corals or reefs?
i know several reefs... Australian, Jordania Red See, Komodo, etc... Sudan reefs ares colourfull?
R. Massot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2015
NORTH SUDAN  (5 Answers)

Hi my friends!
May you inform me about the more importants things to visit in North Sudan...? 7-8 days is enough time to enjoy it ?
I understood that to visit the South Khartoum, and the West is dangerous.
Also it seems that to obtain the visa and some other papers is difficult.
Some local agency in Khartoum is really good to organize the trip?
Thanks a lot for your advice
Dr Roma Massot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2014
Prepaid sim cards/data connections?  (1 Answer)


I will be travelling to Sudan in two weeks time and will be there for 3 weeks.

Can someone please tell me if it is possible to by prepaid sim cards at the airport, or some where? Also will it be possible to buy data budnles for the sim?

What is the network coverage like east of Khartoum towards border of Eritrea and South if Khartoum closer to South Sudan?

Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2014
What is allowed to photograph in Sudan  (4 Answers)

I have read people being arrested photographing confluence of the Miles form the bridge. What exactly is the issue there?

Secondly, A traveller to Sudan told me that photographing bridges and the Nile is not allowed. It's clear that bridges are in many countries considered strategic objects, but the river... Could anyone confirm? I would like to photograph Nile at one of the cataracts.

Thank you for answers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 23, 2014
What is the proper attire for an American attending a Sudanese funeral in US?  (3 Answers)

What is the proper attire for an American attending a Sudanese funeral in US?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2012

Hi All some advise please...rumour has it that obtaining a Sudan visa at the Embassy in South Africa has a very low success rate and that it takes almost 2 weeks...also that one can fly to Nairboi and get a visa on the same day at the Sudan Embassy in Nairobi. Does anyone know if this will work or has heard of someone who has done this? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2012
Sudan itinerary in December 2012  (1 Answer)

Was looking for some help in knowing whether the itinerary I put together for the northern part of Sudan is good. I will be with a private driver and want to make sure it is comprehensive.

Any suggestions, revisions, omissions, deletions, add-ons..let me know. I welcome anything you have to suggest.


Day 1 - Khartoum
Day 2 - Khartoum – Omdurman – Western Desert
Morning visit the Archaeological Museum that contains two full temples rescued by UNESCO and moved from the Lake Nasser area, when it was flooded by the water. Then drive to Omdurman and visit the Khalifa’s House and the Mahdi’s Tomb. Afterwards drive north through the western desert before pitching camp. Overnight in camp.
Day 3 – Old Dongola - Nubian villages
Day 4 – Kerma - Tombos
Visit the ‘Deffufa’. In Tombos, see the statue of the black Pharaoh Taharqa, left in the old quarries for 3000 years
Days 5-6 - Sebu - Temple of Soleb – Isle of Sai - Abri
In Sebu, see rock engravings on the mountain walls. From there reach the granite boulders of the Third Cataract. Then visit the temple of Soleb. Cross the river to reach the Isle of Sai, to see ruins of Egyptian temples and Turkish forts, and cross the Nile again by ferry to set up camp near the village of Abri.
Days 7- 8 – Wadi Halfa – Lake Nasser - Station no.6 – Umm Nabari Gold mine
Drive north to the border town of Wadi Halfa then visit Lake Nasser/Lake Nubia. Continuing on visit Station No. 6, and head to the Umm Nabari Gold Mine at the base of the Mountain Umm Nabari.
Days 9-10 – El Kab village - Nubian Desert
Drive across the desert to the village of El Kab. Visit the villages of the people located along the banks of the lake.
Day 11 - Karima – El Kurru - Karima
Go to Karima at the foot of Jebel Barkal. Visit El Kurru, and nearby petrified tree trunks.
Days 12-13 – Nuri – Atrun Crater – Bayuda Desert - Meroe
Visit the pyramids of Nuri before taking a cruise along the river. Cross the Nile and enter in the Bayuda Desert. Reach the Atrun Crater, then reach the town of Atbara, cross the Nile for the last time and head to the pyramids of Meroe.
Day 14 - Musawwarat - Naqa
Continuing on we reach Mussawarat El Sufra and explore there. Then head to the site of Naqa.
Can we also work in to see the town of Shendi to visit the market?????
Day 15 – Naqa – Khartoum
Explore the temples of Naqa before returning to Khartoum. On the way stop in Omdurman to visit the souq.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 17, 2012
Sudanese Embassy  (6 Answers)

Does anybody know the address of Sudan Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia? I browsed several websites and they gave different information to another. I sent email to the embassy however it was undelivered.
Anybody has experience to apply Sudanese visa, would you mind to share the information on documentation required and how long the process may take

Many thanks!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2012
Visit to Sudan  (1 Answer)

Hellow Dears,

I am going ot Sudan in Jan 2012. Which Types of Clothes is required for Day and Night. If any friend have some information about weather condition in Jan to Jun. Please post the answer.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2011
A good guidebook to North and South Sudan  (5 Answers)

I am moving to Juba in January and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good guidebook to South Sudan. Doing some research i could only find guidebook that were written before the indipendence, so now that North and South Sudan are two separate country I guess a lot of thing must have changed.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2011
Info needed on access for walking in Red Sea Hills

In May I will be heading to the Red Sea Hills near Port Sudan to search for a species of swallow that may or may not be extinct. In 1984 an orthithologist found a dead swallow at Sanganeb lighthouse near Port Sudan which turned out to be a new species for science - the Red Sea Swallow. It had never been seen before and has never been seen since and nobody knows exactly where to look. One hypothesis is that it had migrated across the sea from Jaddah. The other main hypothesis is that it is found in the hills along the southern edge of the Red Sea in Sudan. This lack of information on where to look, plus the travel difficulties associated with expeditions to Sudan, may explain why it has not been properly looked for. It remains one of the great enigmas of ornithology.
I will be heading there with my brother, who is visiting from the UK, to try and look for this bird. It is a species of cliff swallow, so will probably be associated with hills like its relatives. My aim is to scour as much of the area as possible looking for breeding birds. I know it will be horrible weather, but these birds are probably migratory and will not be around now. The only site I have at the moment is the area around Erkowit. I would also like to try some of the higher areas to the north-west, but I have no information at all about the area, whether there is access or whether there will be limitations on travel. On the map there is a road that circles up to the top of the highest peak, but experience tells me it will probably go up to a radar station guarded by lots of men with big guns that don't like foreigners with big cameras.
Any advice or suggestions would be very welcome.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2010
Cheap digs from Wadi Haifa to Khartoum and Khartoum.  (1 Answer)

So I will be off to Sudan in a months time and am having a bit of trouble getting up to date info on places to stay. Anyone have any suggestions for cheap ($10 per night) places to stay in Dongola, Shendi and Karima aswell as Khartoum itself? Any info on transport and costs and good places to eat would be good too.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2010
15 day transit visa. Is it enough time?  (2 Answers)

I will try to get a visa here in London before I leave but might have to get a transit visa in Addis if the embassy here is being dodgy. Just wondering if 15 days is enough time to get from the Ethiopian border to the ferry port in Wadi? Where is the easiest place to get a ferry ticket? What kind of government B.S. does one have to go through upon entering Sudan and what is the cost? Thank you all in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2010
ferry Sudan to Saudi Arabia

Are there ferries going from Sudan to Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)?
How often do they travel?
Do you have any websites, contact info to check prices?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2010
aswan to wadi haifa  (1 Answer)

how often does a ferry run from aswan to wadi haifa?
is there anyother way to get to wadi haifa?
is ther a bordert crossing onto kenya?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2010
travel from egypt to khartoum april  (3 Answers)

i wonder if anyone can offer advice about best wqay to get a visa for sudan coming overland from egypr
where is the best place to cross over/? can I get a hitch or bus or any form of transport from the border to khartoum? are there any must see stops or diversions that should be considered on that stretch of land. I have recently croseed all of ethiopia so will want to procedd south on an alternate route on my way to capetown

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2010
Safety in the north Sudan  (3 Answers)

I plan to go to Sudan in mid-January - February 2011. Would like to make the "classic" trip. Enter from Egypt to Wadi Halfa, visit the northern part of the country, go to the archaeological sites along the Nile, cross the Ethiopian border. Various governmental sites discourage travelers to go Sudan, specially now, in relation to the referendum on the partition of the country (in January 2011)and coming elections (April 2011).

Would be grateful for any opinion on this next year mega-danger in Sudan...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2010
Anyone want to join me on a 5 day trip in the north of Sudan  (4 Answers)

I'm looking for others to share the cost of a trip to the north of Sudan-Meroe, upper Nile, and then back to Khartoum. This will be at the end of November. If interested please let me know and I will give you some more info.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2010
Khartoum: Mobile phone and places to meet fellow Asians  (1 Answer)

My usual mobile phone doesn't work in Khartoum. Can I just buy a prepaid simcard from ZAIN and would you suggest to buy at Afra Mall or at the arrivals at the airport?

I am staying there for a while and wonder if you can recommend any good Chinese restaurants (where "local" Chinese go) and places where I can meet fellow Asians?

Thanks a lot.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2010
Working in sudan  (1 Answer)

I am planning to work for 2-3 months in sudan for my company.
I heard that Sudan is unsafe for touristers & lacks with facilities .
e.g Credit card use transportation saftey etc etc.
Is it true. I want Guidance abt sudan..
thanks in advance..


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2010
Bird watching in Sudan  (11 Answers)

I am a very active bird watcher and I will be moving to Khartoum in August to work for at least a couple of years. Does anyone know if there are any bird clubs or natural history societies, or ornithologists working the region? From the little I have been able to get from birding websites, this is a really great place during migration with millions of migrant birds following the Nile as a route across the desert. There also seem to be lots of interesting places for birds around the country (which has more than 1000 species), but I wonder how easy it will be to get around to see them. Any help appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2010
Photography permits  (3 Answers)

I have heard that permits are needed to do photography in Sudan. I will be moving to Khartoum in August; I am a very active bird watcher and I usually carry a camera to take photos of the birds I see. Will I be able to get a general permit to photograph around Khartoum, or will I need a separate permit for each area or day? Is this likely to restrict my activities much? How is it further out from Khartoum where I might go on day trips? Any help appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 17, 2010
Need help obtaining letter of invite for tourist visa for american  (5 Answers)

Im travelling independently for one week to Sudan in April. I dont want to join a tour. Does anyone knopw someone that I can pay to obtain a letter of invite and help process the visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2009
sudan trip.  (4 Answers)

hi i am planning a massive trip down the nile in sudan and will be making an amature doccumentary aswell.
i was just wondering if anyone could tell me - what permits do i need to canoe down the nile in sudan. what time of year is best? and where are interesting places to stop off and film.
many thanks
p.s. i am a brittish citizen - it this helps.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2009
Any truth to the ebola comments I read.  (4 Answers)

is this true if so, has it spread northward or has it been contained.

thanks for any information

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2009
Tourist visa to Sudan  (2 Answers)

Hi, I am a U.S. citizen and am interested in getting a tourist visa to Sudan to visit my boyfriend, who is currently living in Khartoum. I am currently living in the U.S., but will be working in Addis Ababa for a few months later in the year. I was wondering how likely is it that the Sudanese embassy will grant a tourist visa to an American and if it would be better to try to get the visa from the U.S. or from Addis. Also, what's the process for the letter of invitation? Does my boyfriend need to submit the LOI to the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and get the official invitation from the Ministry before I submit the visa application to the Sudanese embassy? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2009
Life In Sudan  (1 Answer)

Dear Sir/Madam,

Just I arrived to sudan before 2 weeks, I'm telecom engineer from Lebanon, I came here for long term contract (3 years) with new INTERNET provider in sudan, really I need friends in sudan because as you know nothing to do here :)

I appretiate your help, and advice

have a nice day

Thank You,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2009
Arriving Sudan  (3 Answers)

I arrived Khartoum last week. City is ok and not as bad as media.
I'll stay 4-6 week to finish some work. Hope you can recommend some activities and sites to visit

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