Sudan, which is officially known as the Republic of the Sudan, is situated in Northeast Africa with Egypt to the North and the Red Sea to the east. It’s currently Africa’s third-largest country but is often overlooked as a dream destination. It may not be on many people’s bucket list but Sudan deserves more attention for both its beauty and history.
Due to its location in the Nile Valley of North Africa, it’s not surprising the country is so alluring. If you’re still not convinced here are the top five reasons you should visit Sudan.
A fact that is both astonishing and often forgotten is that Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt and more than half of them are still standing. The town of Meroe is home to over two hundred pyramids in various sizes making quite a spectacle. They may look similar to those in Cairo but they are in fact different. They have smaller bases meaning they are steeper than the famous Egyptian pyramids.
Although they may not be as impressive as the ruins in Egypt what makes the experience in Sudan unique is that you won’t have to fight off other tourists for photos, won’t be harassed by postcard sellers and there won’t be any camels insight. In fact, you will be able to enjoy the ancient site in peace and in virtually isolated surroundings.
It’s safe to say you’ll be fascinated by the culture in Sudan. The total population of the country is 30 million and it’s estimated that there are about 597 groups scattered across the country that speak 400 different languages and dialects and each has unique cultures and backgrounds.
The culture in Sudan has been created by the merging of all the different ethnic groups and tribes which is what makes it so special and different but at the same time so fascinating.
There’s no doubt that the generosity and hospitality of the Sudanese will blow you away. They could easily be referred to as some of the friendliest and generous people in the world.
All they want to do is help and they strike up conversations even with strangers. Visitors always get special treatment and if you visit a Sudanese home you will be given the royal treatment. Many are overwhelmed by the outstanding hospitality they receive when visiting Sudan and is one of the main reasons that people return.
Marine National Parks
Sudan has two Marine National Parks which are home to some of the world’s most diverse marine tropical habitats. Both Sanganeb Atoll and Dungonab Bay-Mukkawar National Park are famed for their natural beauty.
The parks are overflowing with spectacular marine life that moves through breathtaking underwater seascapes. The parks have been referred to as some of the best diving spots in the world.
The White and Blue Nile meet
Both the White and Blue Nile flow through Sudan and just north of the country’s capital, Khartoum, is where the two merges together. The location where the two Niles meet is known as al-Mogran and is one of the geographical highlights of Africa. The White Nile flowing north from Lake Victoria and the Blue Nile flowing west from Ethiopia. The main Nile then continues to flow north towards Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.