Places to visit in Khartoum
prominent landmarks of Khartoum State are worth paying a visit:
The National Museum:
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 5:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m., except on Fridays and Mondays. It is located east of
the Hilton Hotel on Sharia Al Neel (Nile Avenue). The museum is
extremely well-organized and has artifacts from ancient Sudan and
also has many Christian Era art treasures. There are three large
buildings outside the main museum in which visitors may see Egyptian
monuments and temples saved from the flooding of the Aswan Dam -
moved to Khartoum for viewing.
The Nile flood from the construction of the Aswan High Dam
threatened to destroy many priceless monuments and artifacts near
the border with Egypt in the area known as Nubia - and led to one of
the most remarkable rescue operations in recent years. Following an
international appeal in 1960 by the government of Egypt and Sudan,
through UNESCO, whole temples and tombs were moved hundreds of miles
to Khartoum to be reconstructed at the Sudan National Museum. Some
of these archaeological remains, almost perfectly preserved, date
back nearly four thousand years while the Christian frescoes on
display represent the richest collection discovered so far in the
Nile Valley. It seems incredible that water colors dating back to
the eighth and ninth centuries should have retained such clarity and
The Natural History Museum:
Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon. Closed on Mondays. Located on the corner of Othman
Digna Avenue and Gamma (University) Avenue. This museum contains an
extensive collection of preserved birds and wild game found in
Only on a Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until dark. A trip
to Hamad Al Nil in Omdurman is considered a must for visitors to the
capital. This weekly ritual is a vital part of one particular
religious order and another fact of Islam.
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and
Fridays. It is located on the southeast corner of Gamaa and Mekk
Nimr avenues. There are small displays of handicrafts representing
different areas of Sudan. Plan on about a half hour visit.
Khalifa House Museum:
Tel: 87-777194 before visiting. Open daily from
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. On Fridays open from
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is located
in Omdurman next to the silver-domed Mahdi’s Tomb. The Khalifa
House focuses on the period of history in the Sudan known as the
Mahdia, 1881-1899. The man whose house this was, Abdallahi Ibn
Mohammed, was known as the Khalifa (successor) and was the most
prominent individual in the Sudan until his death in 1899.
The rooms in the Khalifa’s house are
filled with artifacts of the Battle of Omdurman - weapons, clothing
- even chain mail worn by the most important leaders. There is a
room full of Gordon memorabilia. There are pictures and news
clippings of early Khartoum.
The Mahdi’s Tomb:
Located next door to the Khalifa House Museum. The tomb had been
destroyed during the battle of Omdurman and was rebuilt in 1949.
The Republican Palace
Museum: Open to the public on Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This
museum was officially opened in the year 2000. Immediately after
the entrance to the museum you can see on display, a variety of
Presidential cars used from 1924 onwards. The East wing of the
museum is the former Anglican Cathedral, built during the British
Colonial rule. This beautiful Cathedral houses many artifacts from
the pre and post Independence era. The Cathedral still maintains
its beautifully colored stained glass windows, and the pipe organ
that played during church services. On the west wing of the museum
is a library containing a large number of reference books that can
be browsed through by the public.
The Kerrari Battlefield:
This is seven miles outside of the city of Omdurman and can
be seen by arrangement. This is the battle site which is also known
to historians as the Battle of Omdurman. It took place on September
2, 1989 and ended the Mahdist State. The Khalifa’s forces were
defeated by Kitchener’s troops.
Malik II: One of
Kitchener’s five gunboats used during the Battle of Kerrari, can be
seen docked in the Marina on Sharia el Nil. The vessel may be
boarded and guns that were used viewed.
Located on the west bank of the Nile River. After crossing the
bridge into Omdurman from Khartoum, turn right and then stay on the
road along the Nile - after passing under the bridge from North
Khartoum, continue along until you see piles of wood and look on the
shore for boats being made. Not dramatic, but worth a visit. You
will also pass by the mud fortifications still left from the Battle