Khartoum Profile

Khartoum Profile

Khartoum, with its population of around 5,829m, is both the capital of Sudan and the Khartoum State having been chosen as the newly independent country's capital in 1956 after being originally founded in 1821 as an outpost for the Egyptian army. It is situated on the junction of the White and Blue Nile rivers from which it is believed to have gained its name as the word Khartoum is derived from a Dinka word, 'Khaar Tuom' which directly translates as 'rivers crossing'. Its population is composed of all people across Sudan making it less Arabic in atmosphere than many other northern Sudan cities.

The centre of Khartoum is well laid out, however as you leave the main area, it soon becomes apparent that, for many of its inhabitants, it is a poor city with few streets even paved. Despite this, Khartoum is considered a relatively safe place despite wider conflict within Sudan however it is home to thousands of internally displaced refugees from the south and Darfur areas. It was the scene of heavy fighting in 2008 when Darfur rebels entered the city attacking Sudanese governments forces who repelled the attack and violentce again erupted in Octover 2021 after a coup in the country. Alcohol is banned in general, so night life is somewhat muted, and the electricity supply is somewhat erratic making for uncomfortable living when air conditioning is not available during the hot arid months.

Khartoum City Profile

If visiting Khartoum places of interest to visit include the National Museum of Sudan with exhibits from throughout Sudan's history, Tuti Island at the convergance of the Blue and White Niles from where great views of each can be seen from Tuti's small village with its narrow streets and shops; the natural History Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb which was rebuilt following World War II. The video (below) shows pictures and images of Khartoum in a realistic way without pulling any punches. Now make a virtual landing at Khartoum International Airport as you fly in over the Sudanese countryside here.

Khartoum Profile: Volunteer in Sudan

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Khartoum Profile: Khartoum City Map

Khartoum City Map

A satellite map of Khartoum, capital city of Sudan, which you can use to zoom in to explore each street of the city and its major tourist attractions.

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Khartoum Profile: Khartoum Airport

Khartoum Airport

Make a virtual landing at Khartoum International Airport as you fly in over the Sudanese countryside.

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Khartoum Profile: Child Sponsor Sudan

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Khartoum Profile: Sudan Country Profile

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