Sudan Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Sudan

Where is it?: Sudan is in northern Africa, bordering the Red Sea and south of Egypt

Why do people go here?: Most people don’t visit Sudan, although people use it on overland routes between Europe and South Africa

What are the main entry points?: There are occasional flights into Khartoum

Currency used: Dinar

Country Code for Phones: 249

Area codes for Major Cities: Khartoum 11

Religion: Sunni Muslim 70%, 25% Indigenous 25%, Christian 5%

Population: 42.2 million

Ethnic Breakdown: African 52%, Arab 39%, Beja 6%

Government: Authoritarian democracy, consociationalist republic

Languages: Arabic, Nubian, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Khartoum

Attractions: Meroe’s Pyramids, Nile River

Tourism Office locations and links: Sudan Travel & Tourist Agency, P.O. Box 769 Khartoum, Sudan +249-11-70949, 72119

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Menroe

Health Issues: Bilharzia

When to go: Sudan is vast country and you can probably visit it yearround.

Common Phrases: Greetings: Salam Aleikum, Greetings (response): wa aleikum as-salam, Thank You: Shukran, How much?: kem?, Yes: nam, No: nam

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: January 1, Revolution Day: April 28, June 30,

Getting Around: You need a lot of patience when traveling through Sudan if you don’t have your own vehicle. There are buses and trucks linking the major towns, usually between Khartoum, Kassala and Port Sudan.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Sudan is the Khartoum Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Sudan travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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