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The Republic of Sudan is located in North Africa, bordering Egypt, South Sudan, Chad, Libya and Ethiopia. Once united with South Sudan, it was the largest country on the continent and the 10th largest in the world until the South Sudanese voted for independence and broke away to form a separate nation. Today, Sudan is the third largest country in Africa with an area of more than a million square kilometres (mostly covered in flat plains, mountain ranges and deserts).

Situated in the Nile Valley, Sudan marks the spot where the two major tributaries of the River Nile - the Blue and White Niles - converge to form the longest river in the world and the life source of Africa. The immense Nile River and its life-supporting properties, unchanged through the decades, had called to human life over the ages; the land on which Sudan sits had once supported a huge number of ancient civilisations (including the Kingdom of Kush, Kerma, Meroe and others). Today, Sudan is a treasure trove of ancient wonders and an archaeological playground.

Getting around Sudan

Travel to Sudan can be somewhat complicated - tourists of almost every nationality will require a visa to visit (this may take weeks or even a month, so do start your preparations early). Upon arrival at capital city Khartoum, registration at the Aliens Registration Office is compulsory within 3 days.

For those planning to travel outside of Khartoum, a Permit to Travel might be required (depending on your destination), and you might also need to register your presence with the local police at any other city you arrive in.

What to see and do

No trip to Sudan is complete without a visit to the jewel of the country’s crown: the Pyramids of Meroe, a huge collection of ancient burial sites that were constructed for the Nubian royals some 800 years ago. Built over the tombs of members of the royal family, these Egyptian-inspired pyramids are smaller in size to their Egyptian counterparts but no less in symbolic value to the Nubian, who initially reserved this privilege for those of noble blood (but eventually allowed the wealthy to indulge in some of their own pyramids as well). With over 200 pyramids at the Meroitic site, this massive necropolis is a real sight to behold and was added to the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2011.

Next must-see in Sudan is the country’s National Museum, considered to have one of the largest and most archaeologically-valued collection of artefacts in the world. Established in 1955, the museum’s huge number of exhibits show what life in the country was like in the past - from seeing pottery from the ancient Kingdom of Kush to royal statues from Kerma, centuries-old frescoes from Nubia’s Christian churches and reconstructed ancient temples, the National Museum offers an informative and educational glance into Sudan’s past as well as insights into how it came to be the country it is today.

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