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Location - North east Africa; Capital - Khartoum; Population - 31 million; Currency - Sudanese Pound

There's several sights to take in at Karima including pyramids, ancient tombs with hieroglyphics as well as the Nile - December 2012. MORE SUDAN

 

sudannote1The Sudanese Pound replaced the Dinar in 2007 following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with South Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan328Climb Jebel Barkal for a glorious view of Karima set against the blue waters of the Nile

 

sudan337You can even make out the pyramids at Nuri a few kilometres away. It also highlights how lush green the land is close to the Nile - Karima

 

sudan329A couple make their way down Jebel Barkal's rocky 'path' - Karima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan333 There's also a bird's eye view of the high class Nubian Rest House from the mountain - Karima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan345On the opposite side of Jebel Barkal are several pyramids on the edge of the Nubian Desert - Karima

 

sudan346Sliding down the sandy slope is a great way to reach the bottom. And it's quick! Karima

 

sudan351The Napata pyramids are a royal cemetery chosen after Nuri was abandoned, before moving on to Meroe - Karima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan355The Napatan pyramids date to around the 3rd century BC - Karima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan362The Kushite empire and was also known as the 25th Dynasty of Egypt or the Nubian Dynasty and Napata was its capital - Karima

 

sudan326The avenue of sphinxes leads to the 15th century BC Temple of Amun in the shadow of Jebel Barkal - Karima

 

sudan270A full moon rises between pillars of the 15th century BC Temple of Mut, built by King Taharqa - Karima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan274Mut was an Egyptian goddess and bride of Amun - Karima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan268A silhouette of Jebel Barkal's southern edge at sunset - Karima

 

sudan369Pay a visit to the sumptuous Nubian Rest House and take in the views of Jebel Barkal - Karima

 

sudan370The grounds of the beautiful Italian-run Nubian Rest House - Karima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan294The ghaffir leads us to one of two Kushite royal cemetery tombs open to the public at El Kurru, a short drive from Karima

 

sudan284Inside the tomb of Tanwetamani, successor to Taharqa, who died in the 7th century BC - El Kurru

 

sudan293Hieropglyphics inside Tanwetamani's tomb - El Kurru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan291The second tomb belongs to Tanwetamani's mother, Qalhata - El Kurru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan300sudan302These paintings inside the tomb depict Qalhata's death (left) followed by her movement to the afterlife (right) - El Kurru

 

sudan304Scattered around are several petrified trees (trees turned to stone) - El Kurru

 

sudan309Also a short drive from Karima is Nuri, home to a royal cemetery dating back to the 7th century BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan310Nineteen kings were buried at Nuri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan307Taharqa's pyramid, arguably the most powerful pharoah in Sudanese history. He chose to be buried here, around 664BC, rather than at nearby El Kurru - Nuri

 

sudan319The crumbling pyramids of Nuri

 

sudan374Driving past the Red Sea Mountains in an air-conditioned coach from Atbara to Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan377The best thing about Port Sudan is enjoying the lively evenings near the port where families and friends flock to eat, drink and chat - Port Sudan

 

sudan379Overlooking the Red Sea with coffee and a juice. Beware! Alcohol is illegal in Sudan - Port Sudan

 

sudan380Setting out restaurant tables and chairs - Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan389I'm guessing these guys are local politicians - Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan388sudan381Chicken police hunt and OMG Sudan - Posters in Port Sudan

 

sudan384It rains in Sudan? It certainly does, so the Coral Hotel's swimming pool was the perfect place to be - Port Sudan

 

sudan392Take a walk along the dockside boulevard - Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan393 Get used to cats appearing from nowhere when dining al fresco in Sudan - Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan394Getting ready for a photo opportunity - Port Sudan

 

sudan397The ancient port town of Suakin is a 50 minute bus ride from Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan399The main town is all hustle and bustle with market stalls aplenty - Suakin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan405Rickshaws imported from India are widespread in Sudan - Suakin

 

sudan406Suakin fell into disrepair following the construction of Port Sudan by the British at the beginning of the 20th century

 

sudan427But the town still ferries passengers to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. But not in this boat obviously.. Suakin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan402Men repair their boats on the causeway to Suakin Island. Maybe this one has already gone to boat heaven - Suakin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan420The main reason to visit is to see the coral-built ruins of tiny Suakin Island - Suakin

 

sudan415As you can see through the gateway, much of the island is in decay - Suakin

 

sudan426Khorshid Effendi's House was also the residence of the British army's Field Marshal Kitchener - Suakin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan433Khorshid Effendi's House was originally a trader's home - Suakin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan430The demonic cats of Suakin - legend has it the cats are possessed, though this one just looked sleepy - Suakin

 

sudan423A local does a spot of fishing in the Red Sea - Suakin

 

sudan434A lot of work was going on constructing a new custom's office on the island. Presumably as part of the contract the mosques were also being renovated - Suakin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan44030km north of Port Sudan is the Sudan Red Sea Resort - Port Sudan

 

sudan446The resort offers diving but there's no beach to speak of and it's been a building site for a while - Port Sudan

 

sudan445It's a shame as the location has huge potential and the people are friendly. Try it out if you're going diving/snorkelling - Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan441Love it! Posters on the bathroom walls explain how to use a western style toilet. Not sure what's wrong with top-right but haven't got a clue what's going on bottom-right. Is that a window?! Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan447The bay waters surrounding the Sudan Red Sea Resort are very shallow making it easy to use fishing nets on foot - Port Sudan

 

sudan451Clouds float across the setting sun with the hazy Red Sea Mountains below - Port Sudan

 

sudan458 There's not too many countries that could make better use of solar panels than Sudan, and there's plenty of them - Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan455 The Red Sea glistens under a full moon - Port Sudan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan458cNo speedometer (or any gauge for that matter), rusting floor exposing the tarmac below, a bonnet tied down with rope, cracked windscreen, massive oversteer, dashboard equipment fell off, no seatbelts. But the brakes worked, so we booked this driver several times.. Port Sudan

 

sudan461My favourite place in Sudan was the eastern city of Kassala, next to the Eritrean border

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan462The huge, other-worldly granite boulders of the Taka Mountains - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan474At the base of the Taka Mountains is the 19th century Khatmiyah Mosque - Kassala

 

sudan471Followers of the Sufi order, and goats, congregate at the mosque - Kassala

 

sudan471aAdmiring the Khatmiyah Mosque - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan473Boulders and straw-roofed huts surround the mosque - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan477At the mosque were the most chilled and relaxed followers I've come across - Kassala

 

sudan479And the kids loved having their photo taken - Kassala

 

sudan482Close by are numerous cafes on the slopes of Jebel Toteil - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan480We came across more souvenirs here than anywhere else in the country besides Omdurman Souq - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan486aIt's a picturesque area and a great place to take a coffee while the sun goes down - Kassala

 

sudan487Thick Turkish-style coffee, popcorn and incense. A straw-like grass is placed in the coffee pot to filter - Kassala

 

sudan486bOur taxi driver showed us this little gem of a spot - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan492Bovine curiosity at a roadside cafe - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan491sudan490Sudanese food rarely involves cutlery. Use the bread provided to soak up fuul (stewed beans, left) or combine bread with fingers to attack grilled chicken, rice and salad (right) - Kassala

 

 

sudan495Beja men chat at a drinks stall - Kassala

 

 

sudan496Minibuses, 4x4s and taxis at the local bus station - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan513cAnother reason to come to Kassala is the souq

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan498The market sells everything from fruit and vegetables to car tyres. Tailors, mechanics and porters compete for space with mopeds, donkeys and horses - Kassala

 

sudan502The Beja are traditionally a nomadic people herding livestock and are found in Kassala, Atbara and along the coast. The men are recognisable by their curly hair and waistcoats. With a fearless warrior reputation, Rudyard Kipling called them the Fuzzy-Wuzzies - Kassala

 

 

sudan510Brightly clothed local women in the market - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan503A veiled woman in Kassala souq - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan501Beja men selling erm.. any ideas? Kassala Souq - Kassala

 

sudan508You'll come acrosss clay pots containing water for passers by. The water seeps through the clay (hence the slight moss covering) which somehow keeps the water cool - Kassala

 

sudan512Kassala Souq - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan513aDonkeys live up to their name as the beasts of burden in Sudan - Kassala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan500The souq quietens down come nightfall - Kassala

 

 

sudan516Sunset over Kassala

 

 

sudan521A different take on a traffic jam. Well over a hundred camels block our coach to Wad Medani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan526The gardens of the Nile Hotel - Wad Medani

 

sudan529A coffee pot in a riverside park - Wad Medani

 

 

sudan536Relaxing at a cafe on the banks of the Nile - Wad Medani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan538Resting on the sandbanks - Wad Medani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan540A family day out on the opposite bank of the Nile - Wad Medani

 

 

sudan546A beautifully serene River Nile - Wad Medani

 

 

sudan549Tea lady outside the Continental Hotel - Wad Medani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.sudan.net - Sudan info

www.lenditravel.com - Lendi Travel organises tours and on-arrival visas

www.sudantribune.com - online Sudan newspaper

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