Khartoum Flights:

Flights to Khartoum

image of KhartoumSituated at the point where the Blue and White Nile Rivers meet in central Sudan, is the city of Khartoum. Khartoum is the country’s capital city and has an appealing mix of attractions for tourists.

Right inside the city, the Khartoum International Airport (airport code: KRT) is easy to access, though a new facility is being built farther from the city. Many airlines serve the airport, and you will have several choices for flights to Khartoum from South Africa. With South African Airways, you will have one connection in Cairo, and this is the same route offered by Egyptair, and a flight to Khartoum with Kenya Airways will take you via Nairobi. Etihad Airways also has a 1-stop flight to Khartoum that stops in Abu Dhabi.

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The Tourist Attractions of Khartoum:

Khartoum is actually made up of three distinct areas because it is divided by the Blue Nile, the White Nile, and the Nile River. It’s at this point that the Blue and White Nile meet, forming the River Nile, so there are essentially three rivers here, splitting the city into three parts. There is Khartoum itself, plus Omdurman, and Bahri though the latter is mainly an industrial and residential zone so isn’t frequented by tourists.

One of the main thoroughfares in the city is Nile Street, aptly named because it has the Blue Nile running along one side of it! This is a nice street for walking along, lined by trees that offer shade in the heat of the day, and you can admire the Blue Nile or look on the other side of the street from the river and admire the historical colonial buildings. The architecture is nice, though many of the buildings are suffering from varying levels of decay.

As you wander along Nile Street you’ll come to a point where you’re not allowed to walk any further. This is the Presidential Palace, and walking in front of it is banned so you will have to leave the riverfront and walk all the way around the back of the palace. This is a place that’s highly guarded and taking photos is prohibited, but you can learn about the history of the palace in the adjacent Palace Museum.

The National Museum of Sudan is another attraction on this famous Khartoum street. It is actually the largest museum in Sudan and features exhibits on the history of the country, as well as a renowned Egyptian temple exhibit.

Khartoum’s Souqs

The Middle Eastern influence in Khartoum can be seen in the city’s souqs, and these are very popular tourist attractions as well as being practical places for the locals to shop. Souq Arabi (meaning Arabian Market) is quite the experience. It’s a busy and crowded place a lot of the time but this is the commercial heart of the city.

Over in the Omdurman area of Khartoum is another souq which is said to hold one of the largest markets in Africa. There are numerous items on sale here though many tourists come to look at and buy from the handicrafts section.

When Should You Visit?:

Khartoum is really quite a dry city so rainfall shouldn’t be an issue though there is a small amount between July and September. April to October are the hottest months, when average highs reach up to almost 42C, so the rest of the year is better for sightseeing, Even so, average highs are still around the low 30s even at the cooler times.

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