Flights to Omdurman
On the shores of the Nile, the Sudanese city of Omdurman is almost continuous with the capital of Khartoum. It is a busy, modern city that is currently thriving due to many successful industries.
Omdurman is just across the Nile from Khartoum so the Khartoum International Airport (airport code: KRT) is the most convenient place to arrive, and you can get several different flights to Omdurman this way. South African Airways and Egyptair both have the same flights to Omdurman from South Africa, with one connection in Cairo, but Kenya Airways goes through Nairobi instead. You can also fly with Etihad Airways for a connection in Abu Dhabi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Omdurman:
This is a traditionally Muslim city (as is the rest of Sudan) and you should follow cultural protocols while you are there. Women should dress as modestly as possible, including head coverings. Alcohol will not be available. English is not commonly spoken so you will want to know a little Arabic to help you communicate.
Given the size of the city, there are several large souks such as Souk Omdurman and Souk Aljilod. You can also find shopping areas in the downtown area, as well as a fresh fish market by the river and a camel market just outside of the city.
Less than 2 hours from Omdurman is the Sabaloka Gorge, which is one of the six sets of cataracts or rapids along the Nile. The river offers great scenery and there are a few small villages in the area as well. You will need a 4×4 vehicle to travel out to the gorge as the roads are very rough.
Tomb of Hamad al-Nil
While the gold-domed tomb is a lovely structure in itself, what makes this a tourist spot is the weekly dance of the whirling Dervishes. Every Friday, Sufi dancers give a spinning dance performance to live music that usually draws hugs crowds. If you are in Omdurman on a Friday, you should try to see it.
There are several bridges between Omdurman and Khartoum so you can access the other half of the city in just a few minutes drive. There are enough attractions there to keep you busy for at least a full day if not longer. The National Museum of Sudan is one example, and they have some excellent exhibits of ancient Egyptian artefacts and even two relocated temples. This part of the city also has additional marketplaces, and a unique spot where you can see the Blue Nile and White Nile rivers come together.
When Should You Visit?:
The weather is extremely hot throughout the year, though some months are worse than others and you can usually get a little relief during the evenings. Many months will reach or even top 40C (104F) during the day. To avoid these extremes, try to come to Omdurman in January or December. Then you will only have to contend with 31C (87F) during the day and it will drop to around 16C (61F) in the evenings for some additional comfort.