Sudan, Africa’s third-largest country, is located in northeast Africa, bordering Egypt to the North and the Red Sea to the east.
Sudan has a tumultuous recent past, but a varied and rich history that spans millennia. It’s an incredibly memorable place to visit, and you definitely get to visit tourist attractions away from the crowds. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt and Meroe alone has more than 200 of them. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Jebel Barkal and Meroe are testament to the ancient civilisation that existed and flourished only in this region, and their sites are in areas of desert untouched by mankind for thousands of years. The experience of visiting here is immersive and intimate, and is completely uninterrupted by vendors, massing crowds or inauthentic gift shops.
In Sudan, it is completely possible to travel individually or in small groups and to be the only people visiting vast ancient sites that have been sitting in deserts untouched for centuries.
UK: British nationals need a visa to visit Sudan. Apply before you travel via the Sudanese Embassy in London. You should register with the Aliens Department at the Ministry of Interior within 3 days of your arrival in the country. You will need two passport size photos. The fee is the Sudanese Pound equivalent of around £35. If you don’t register within three days of arrival, you may be fined. Some of the larger hotels will do this for you, but you should ask when you check in.
USA: Yes, you'll need a visa to visit Sudan. Ensure that you obtain your visa before travelling. Visit the Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan website for the most current visa information. Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Sudanese Embassy or Consulate.
Sudan is a very conservative Muslim country operating under Islamic Sharia Law, which does have strict dress codes and especially for women. While visiting, western women are not expected to wear traditional Muslim clothing, instead there is an expectation that visitors will respect the conservative nature of the country and wear clothes that don’t reveal much skin. It would be felt to be insulting, especially around their children.
Men are expected to wear a shirt and long trousers, although they would only be expected to cover their head in a mosque. Moral, conservative dress is particularly important when visiting a mosque. Shoes must be removed, men and women must avoiding baring skin, and women must cover their heads.
There are a lot of permits and paperwork to be aware of, including registering with the police when you arrive at your destination hotel. Getting these individually can be problematic if you don’t speak Arabic. It’s advisable to organise your trip through an experienced agency for this reason alone.
Sudan is a Muslim country operating under Islamic Sharia Law and there is no alcohol. Where other Muslim countries might allow alcohol in their hotels, this is not the case in Sudan. There is no alcohol, there are no malls to shop in and no ATMs from which to withdraw cash.
Service charges in Sudan are generally included in the bill and tipping is not normally expected. However, as in some other countries with no tipping culture, if you wish to reward good service then a 5-10% tip would be appropriate.
Andante Travels will take care of gratuities to restaurant staff, local guides and drivers