The country gets its name from the Arabic phrase bilad-as-sudān (land of the Black people), sudān being the plural of aswad (black). Sudan is the largest country on the African continent and the largest in the Arabised world. It is divided into 25 states (wilayah). We find 597 tribes that speak over 400 different languages and dialects in this vast land.
Sudan ought to be the destination of choice for the traveller longing for the Nile, the Sahara, and pyramids as wide as the eye can see. For centuries the crossroads and caravanserai of Ancient Nubia and Modern Sudan have seen peoples come and go. Pre-history and antiquity offer the traveller to Sudan an array of archaeological sites dating back thousands of centuries BCE to ancient kingdoms and civilisations.
Nature herself has endowed the Sudan with animals, birds, plants, magical scenery, reefs and shores of the Red Sea, and of course the Nile. The Sudani gastronomy is as much a testament to its history as anything else. Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman in Long Way Down: John O’Groats to Cape Town described their chef as “Sudanese and bloody brilliant”!
Long after my first trip to Sudan I remember the Nile perch, the pots of Blue Nile Diary yogurt, broad beans and salty white cheese, pale green grapefruits, jugs of iced fresh lime juice, beef from grass-fed free-range cattle in a country that prides itself on being one of the highest per capita consumers of beef, beautiful breads, sweets and unequalled patisserie. Tea in gahwa or tea houses is often delicately spiced. Coffee is good.
In The Chocolate and Coffee Bible the authors enthuse: “This country is blessed with high altitudes, and wild coffee, probably spread by bird and beast from Ethiopia, already grows there”. Look out for small supplies. However, nothing can beat the heat like the delicious deep pink-hued sugary hibiscus iced tea or karkadé! (Elvira van Oudtshoorn, Johannesburg, South Africa 2008)
Update: Sudan split into two countries in July 2011 when 98.83% of the population of Juba Sudan voted for independence and at midnight on 9 July 2011 seceded from Khartoum Sudan and became an independent country)
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Tumbus Tourism offers the following services to the prospective traveller:
- Visas and all required permits are arranged
- 2, 4, and 12 day excursions to select from
- 4WD vehicles as well as camels feature as alternating modes of transport
- Camps with full board: tents, mattresses, tables, chairs
- All meals are provided: breakfast, lunch and dinner, beverages, water.