Khartoum with its population of around two million people, is both the capital of Sudan and the Khartoum State
having been chosen as the newly independent country's capital in
1956 after being originally founded in 1821 as an outpost for
the Egyptian army. It is situated on the junction of the White
and Blue Nile rivers and its population is composed of all
people across Sudan making it less Arabic in atmosphere than
many other north Sudan cities. The centre of Khartoum is well
laid out, however as you leave the main area, it soon becomes
apparent that for many of its inhabitants it is a poor city with
few streets even paved.
Despite this, Khartoum is considered a relatively
safe city despite wider conflict within Sudan however is home to
thousands of internally displaced refugees from the south and Darfur areas. It was the scene of heavy fighting in 2008 when
entered the city attacking Sudanese governments forces who
repelled the attack. Alcohol is banned in general, so night life
is somewhat muted, and the electricity supply is somewhat
erratic making for uncomfortable living when air conditioning is
not available during the hot arid months.
If visiting Khartoum places of interest to visit include the National Museum of Sudan with exhibits from throughout Sudan's history, Tuti Island at the convergance of the Blue and White Niles from where great views of each can be seen from Tuti's small village with its narrow streets and shops; the natural History Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb which was rebuilt following World War II. This video shows pictures and images of Khartoum in a
realistic way without pulling any punches. Now make a virtual
Khartoum International Airport as you fly in over the Sudanese
countryside here then explore Khartoum in more detail using our
interactive map of the city below.
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