Top ChoiceIslamic Site in Khartoum

Hamed el-Nil Tomb

Every Friday afternoon you can see an incredible Sufi ritual, where a colourful local troupe of whirling dervishes belonging to the Sufi community stirs up the dust in worship of Allah, at this imposing mausoleum...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Khartoum

National Museum

National Museum

This museum, the best in Sudan, has some breathtaking exhibits. The ground floor covers the rise and fall of the kingdoms of Kerma, Kush and Meroe. There's some stunning royal statues and perfectly preserved...

Viewpoint in Khartoum

White Nile Bridge

The confluence of the Blue and White Niles, best seen from this bridge, is a languid high point of the world's longest river. You can actually see the different colours of each Nile flowing side by side before...

Museum in Khartoum

Ethnographical Museum

This museum contains a small but fascinating collection of tribal artefacts from across Sudan. Displays are ordered by geographic region and illustrate how people adapt to each climatic area. It begins with the...

Cemetery in Khartoum

Commonwealth War Cemetery

This WWII cemetery contains numerous headstones (but no actual bodies). The Allies used Khartoum as a base to invade present-day Ethiopia to expel the Italians, and this graveyard commemorates this conflict. It's...

Wrestling in Khartoum

Nuba Wrestlers

In this Khartoum wrestling area, you’ll find traditional wrestlers going through their paces at roughly 4pm on Fridays. The tournament attracts hundreds of spectators. Get there by taxi from the centre (about...

Market in Khartoum

Camel Market

On the far western edge of Khartoum, this market is spectacular, especially on Saturday, but there is no public transport (a taxi will cost at least S£150). The majority of camels come from Darfur.

Market in Khartoum

Omdurman Souq

This famous souq – the largest in Sudan – is abuzz with noise, activity and colour, and a couple of hours' exploration is bound to turn up all manner of surprises.

Cathedral in Khartoum

St Matthew's Cathedral

With its various turrets, slender spires and a large rose window, this building resembles a fairy-tale castle. There are services on Sunday.

Church in Khartoum

Coptic Church

Khartoum's Coptic minority uses this church off the main drag along the Nile. It's an elegant building, with two imposing bell towers.

Monument in Khartoum

Mahdi's Tomb

This rocket-topped tomb is worth making the effort to see. Respectfully dressed foreigners are generally allowed inside. The original was destroyed on Kitchener's orders by General Gordon's nephew 'Monkey', who,...

Museum in Khartoum

Republican Palace Museum

Housed in a converted Anglican church, this is a hall of heroes, of sorts, with mementos such as presidential limos and General Gordon's piano. It's worth a peek more for its architecture than its collections....