Sudan, in the northeast of Africa, is the largest country on the continent. Its political situation and weather have brought about a lot of famine, especially in Darfur. Economic crisis is rife even today, which makes it almost inappropriate to describe its stunning coast by the Red Sea and its beautiful panoramas and varied landscapes. To be honest, the only reason to travel to Sudan is for humanitarian action and that is why so many humanitarian trips are organised. Despite the efforts though, means are limited. Be aware that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly advises against travelling to the three states of Darfur and to the South off the country.
Security: the FCO advises against all travel to the following parts of Sudan: Darfur, the Red Sea State border with Eritrea; the Abyei region; Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states; areas of Northern Kordofan and White Nile states south of the Kosti-El Obeid-En Nahud road. See full official advice.
Surface area : 2505813.0 km2
Population : 40000000 inhabitants
The souk is full of stalls where merchants sell food, spices, arts and crafts, and jewellery. Visitors may appreciate the work of the basket and cabinetmakers and even watch artisans work with gold and silver. Do not purchase any items made with monkey skin. Monkeys are protected by the World WIldlife Act and hunting them is prohibited! The shops are open from Saturday to Thursday, from 8:00am to 1:30pm and from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.
The traditional local dish is a combination of fool, a type of bean, and dura, cooked corn or millet, served with vegetables. However, the hotels and restaurants in the major cities serve international cuisine and you can also find some restaurants serving Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine. The consumption of alcohol is forbidden by Islamic Law, known as 'Shariah'.
Register with the authorities as soon as you arrive in a
town or city! The country's southern provinces are in the grips of a violent Christian/Muslim civil war, a religious conflict merged with an ethnic war that has been going on for twenty years. Christian rebel troops are demanding their independence. The conflict in this region is often very violent and travelling to the area is strongly forbidden. On no account should you defy any ban! This is a country of war, curfew, cease-fire, negotiations with rebel groups, and attempts by NGOs to penetrate the territory to provide humanitarian aid. Respect all safety precautions and the ceasefire period (currently in effect from midnight to 4:00am).