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Sudan

Paperback Bradt Travel Guide Sudan

By (author) Sophie Ibbotson, By (author) Max Lovell-Hoare

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  • Publisher: BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 14mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 1841624136
  • ISBN 13: 9781841624136
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 16pp colour photos + 31 maps
  • Sales rank: 209,570

Product description

. The only guide dedicated solely to the new Republic of the Sudan . Explore entire pyramids and other ancient sites entirely free of tourist crowds . Drink in views over the Sudanese plains from the granite Taka Mountains . Dive the reef where Jacques Cousteau conducted his experiment in underwater living . Experience Sudan's cultural diversity among the 50 tribes of the Nuba Mountains . Read advice on where to stay/eat, travelling safely and cultural etiquette As a staple of bleak news headlines, Sudan has been slow to make its abundant attractions known to the outside world. Few foreigners have heard of the Kingdom of Kush, walked among the isolated pyramids of Meroe or witnessed the whirling dervishes of Omdurman. Yet those who do make it here are invariably enchanted by its easy-going nature, fascinating history and the warm welcome they receive from the Sudanese people. This, the only stand-alone guide to post-partition Sudan, leads you expertly from the labyrinthine souks of Khartoum to coral-bedecked wrecks off the Red Sea coast. Whether you're rushing through on the trans-Africa trail or whiling away weeks among rich archaeological sites, this fully revised third edition is your indispensible companion.

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Sophie Ibbotson and Max Lovell-Hoare have worked extensively in Africa and Asia.

Review quote

Reviews of first edition'Best and only dedicated guide to Sudan' - Wanderlust magazine 'It may seem a strange time to be publishing the first guide devoted entirely to Sudan, but hardy travelers have long been discovering the wonders of Africa's largest country so this book is very welcome all the same. Despite the crisis in the currently inaccessible region of Darfur in the west of the country, the author optimistically includes it as well as creating a yearning to see the archaeological treasures of the ancient kingdom of Kush, explore the lmatong mountains, meet the bejeweled women of Kassala market and taste bush - a poor man's alternative to a bean stew.' - The Observer

Table of contents

Introduction vii PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography and climate 3, Natural history and conservation 6, History 9, Government and politics 26, Economy 27, People 28, Language 30, Religion 31, Education 34, Culture 34 Chapter 2 Practical Information 39 When to visit 39, Highlights 39, Suggested itineraries 40, Tour operators 41, Red tape 42, Embassies 45, Getting there and away 46, Health 48, Safety 62, What to take 66, Money 66, Getting around 67, Maps 73, Accommodation 74, Eating and drinking 75, Public holidays 77, Shopping 78, Photography 79, Media and communications 80, Business 82, Cultural etiquette 82, Travelling positively 84 PART TWO THE GUIDE 87 Chapter 3 Khartoum and Omdurman 89 History 89, Getting there 91, Getting around 94, Tourist information/local tour operators 96, Where to stay 96, Where to eat 99, Entertainment and sports 103, Shopping 105, Other practicalities 106, Media and communications 107, What to see and do 107 Chapter 4 Northern State 119 Meroe and the pyramids 120, Naqa 123, Musawwarat es Sufra 125, Karima 127, Nuri 131, El Kurru 132, Ghazali 133, Old Dongola 134, Dongola 135, Kawa 136, Travel along the Nile 137, Kerma 138, West bank temples 141, Abri 144, Wadi Halfa 145 Chapter 5 Nile State 151 Shendi 151, Atbara 153, Ed Damer 155, Berber 155, Abu Hamed 155 Chapter 6 Red Sea 157 Port Sudan 157, Excursions from Port Sudan 162, Scuba diving from Port Sudan 163, Suakin 168 Chapter 7 Al Qadarif and Kassala 173 Kassala 173, Gedaref 178 Chapter 8 Central Sudan 181 Kosti 181, Aba Island 184, Sennar 185, Wad Medani 189 Chapter 9 Kordofan 191 El Obeid 191, The Nuba Mountains 196 Chapter 10 Darfur 205 Background 207, Travel in Darfur 212, Nyala 214, El Fasher 214, El Geneina 214 Appendix 1 Language 215 Appendix 2 Glossary 219 Appendix 3 Further Information 221 Index 225