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Khartoum is the second largest city in Sudan and functions as its capital. The name Khartoum means elephant trunk as that is the shape of the thin split of land at the meeting point of the White and the Blue Nile. This meeting point is referred to as confluence or al-Mogran. Khartoum became the capital of Sudan when the country gained independence from the British. Look for cheap flights to Khartoum with Air Africa, to travel to this interesting capital of Sudan that is actually one of three cities in the area. To the North West across the White Nile is Omdurman while North Khartoum and Khartoum are on the south banks of the Blue Nile.

A one of a kind experience

As with most cities in Sudan, Khartoum is not a very popular tourist destination. However, this makes it all the more interesting for those who do venture there. Away from the multitudes of tourists this city will be yours to explore as you please. Be prepared though. Despite Khartoum being the capital do not expect a very developed city, in fact paved streets are actually a rarity. Yet once at Khartoum, there is believe it or not, much to explore.

More pyramids than Egypt!

Unknown to most Sudan actually has more pyramids than the well know Egypt. In Khartoum itself you can see two reconstructed Egyptian temples within the premises of the National Museum of Sudan. A visit to the museum will also help you gain a better idea of the culture and history of the country. You can also take in the Khalifah House Museum and the Natural History Museum to further broaden your understanding of the country. As mentioned before Khartoum is situated near the confluence and makes for an interesting visit as it has varying flowers and migratory birds. There is also a family park and restaurants located there to heighten the experience.

A cultural exploration

For a cultural exploration travel towards the Sheikh Hamad-el-Niles Tomb in Omdurman. On a Friday you can witness the performance of well known dances and songs of rites that is the tradition of the Sufi in Sudan. If you are looking for souvenirs or mementoes to take back home, head on over to the Omduruman market where you can find artifacts and handicrafts. Do your research online to find out all the necessary requirements and details before traveling to Khartoum. Also make sure to book the cheapest flights to Khartoum through Air Africa, so that you can truly enjoy your time there.

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