Port Sudan Flights:
Flights to Port Sudan
Port Sudan is the main port city for the east African country of Sudan. Being a major port city there is a lot of industry here, though Port Sudan is also popular as a tourist destination, particularly for scuba diving and snorkelling.
The Port Sudan New International Airport (airport code: PZU) does handle some international flights to Port Sudan, but you won’t have that much selection when departing from Johannesburg. There are currently only 2 major airlines with regular service there, and they are Lufthansa and South African Airways. They both offer the same flight to Port Sudan, with connections in Frankfurt and Cairo. Including layover times, this flight will take nearly 50 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Port Sudan:
Despite some troubles in Port Sudan, and the fact that this is a busy industrial city, there is still a strong tourism market. The city itself doesn’t have much in the way of special sites of interest, yet it’s a popular setting off point for other forms of tourism. Religious tourism for example is a fairly big business in Port Sudan as it’s from here that many thousands of Muslim pilgrims will set off across the Red Sea to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and onwards towards Mecca for the Hajj.
Port Sudan is best known among leisure tourists though, as a great destination for a beach and diving holiday. There are some coastal resorts a little way outside of the city if you want the beach holiday, and there is great diving very close to the city too. However, many keen divers and snorkelers actually come to Port Sudan to get on a live-aboard boat. These boats can go further out of Port Sudan than one that is just day-tripping, and hence they’re great for people who want to get out to some of the best dive sites of the Red Sea. Boats depart from Port Sudan and depending on the tour you decide to take could be anything from a couple days to a week, or even more.
In the City
If you’re not setting off on a live-aboard boat there are a couple of things in the city of Port Sudan itself that you could see and do. The boardwalk promenade along the coast is a nice place to walk and you can buy a selection of things from the vendors there, such as sea shell jewellery. There are also places to stop for an ice cream or a coffee.
If you want to buy some other souvenirs the Souk may be a better place to go for them as there’s a much larger variety of vendors and items for sale here.
When Should You Visit?:
Port Sudan is a very dry city with barely any rainfall across the year. Also, as you might expect, it is very hot and sunny and you’ll probably want to avoid the summer months when the temperature peaks at an average high of around 40C. This is between June and August. Either side of this average highs are still in the mid to high 30s C. the little rain that comes to Port Sudan usually occurs between October and January, though it shouldn’t be enough to hamper a visit.