Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Begrawiya (Meroe)

Meroe Pyramids

Seemingly lost under the folds of giant apricot-coloured dunes, this ancient royal cemetery, with its clusters of narrow pyramids blanketing the sand-swept hills, is one of the most spectacular sights in eastern...

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 ChoiceHistoric Site in Wawa

Soleb

A little south of Abri, for many travellers the wonderfully evocative Egyptian temple of Soleb is the highlight of the journey between Dongola and Wadi Halfa. It was built in the 14th century BC by Amenhotep III,...

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...

Top ChoiceSudanese in Khartoum

Al-Housh

Everyone, from cabbies to well heeled families, flocks to this legendary eatery in Omdurman, where you dine like a prince and pay like pauper. Loosen that belt for succulent agashi (fish or meat seared over...

Top ChoiceMosque in Kassala

Khatmiyah Mosque

At the base of the Taka Mountains is this spectacular mosque, centre of the Khatmiyah Sufi sect. It's a lovely mudbrick building with a pointed octagonal minaret and a photogenic arcade of columns in the main...

Top ChoiceLebanese in Khartoum

Assaha Village

With its vaulted dining room, brick walls and elegantly set tables, Assaha is poised to take you on a culinary magic-carpet ride. Nibble on a platter of olives while perusing the huge menu, perhaps settling on...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Abri

Sai Island

With a temple from Egypt's Middle Kingdom, an Ottoman fort and a medieval church among the many ruins, Sai Island is something of a synopsis of ancient Sudanese history. The fort is actually built on the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kerma

Kerma Museum

Next to Kerma's western deffufa is this well organised museum that contains interesting relics from the site, including seven imposing granite statues and various Nubian artefacts. There's also a section...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Khartoum

Fish Wok

Everyone loves an insider's tip, and Fish Wok is that easy-to-miss 'secret spot' that locals like to recommend. Hidden behind a row of dull multistorey buildings, it prepares delectable fish dishes – the bulti...

Top ChoiceSudanese in Khartoum

Amwaj

A Khartoum institution. The waiters are snappy, ingredients are fresh, and prices are reasonable for scrumptious dishes such as grilled chicken, roast lamb and shwarma. Those who enjoy a sweet at the end of the...

Top ChoiceSudanese in Khartoum

Laziz

Elbows out – this is indisputably the most popular eatery in the centre of Khartoum and it's always busy, whether it be with takeaway orders, hungry employees helping themselves at the salad bar, or friends...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Kerma

Western Deffufa

A 15-minute walk away from town, this massive mudbrick temple stood about 19m high and stretched 50m long. Nobody is really certain what it was used for but most agree it served a religious purpose. Today it has...

Top ChoicePizza in Kassala

Rawabi Pizza Ice Cream

The sign is in Arabic only, but you can't miss this lively, bright and sleek place south of the souq – look for the flashy pink-and-yellow facade on Turaa St. Locals love it to bits and once you've tasted the...

Archaeological Site in Karima

Jebel Barkal

Jebel Barkal, the tabletopped mountain hanging on the town's south side, was sacred ground for the Egyptians at the time of the 18th-dynasty pharaohs. At the base of the mountain are some well preserved pyramids...

Archaeological Site in Sudan

Naqa

Naqa consists of a large and well-preserved temple of Amun dating from the 1st century CE. Notable features include a hypostyle hall with splendid columns and hieroglyphics and a row of statues representing rams....

Ruins in Karima

El Kurru

The royal cemetery of El Kurru, 20km south of Karima, contains the remains of dozens of tombs. Most have either faded away to virtually nothing, or the entrances have been buried under tonnes of sand. However,...

Historic Site in Sudan

Musawarat es-Suffra

Musawarat is the largest Meroitic temple complex in Sudan. Its purpose remains a little unclear, though it's believed to have served as a pilgrimage site. The enormous Great Enclosure consists of numerous...

Ruins in Sudan

Old Dongola

The city of Old Dongola was capital of the Christian kingdom of Makuria between the 7th and 14th centuries and at its peak it was home to dozens of churches. The church exteriors were generally plain, but the...

Market in Kassala

Kassala Souq

Kassala has one of Sudan's best markets, and a visit is a must. It's a maze of alleys and side streets lined with shops and stalls where myriad items are sold, from traditional products like cloth, jewels, henna...