Golden Links: Tourism Prospects in Sudan
The three last columns published here have dealt with “the Khartoum International Tourism and Marketing Fair” which was held from the 8th to the 12th of this April. The Idea of the Fair was to encourage and enhance domestic tourism as well as attract more international tourists and meant also to highlight the tourism potentials of the country. In the coming columns I’ll try to investigate generally the prospects of tourism in Sudan
Sudan is one of the largest countries in Africa, with an area of more than one million square kilometres even after the secession of its southern part. It is bordered by both Egypt and Libya to the north, Ethiopia and Eritrea and the Red Sea to the east, South Sudan to the south, Chad and the Central African Republic to the west.
Africa’s longest river the Nile River passes in Sudan, through a length that exceeds more than 3000 miles, of which the White Nile River runs from its southern sources in Uganda, Tanzania, and through South Sudan to join the Blue Nile to run through Egypt to end up in the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile is the source of life of millions of Sudanese, and around which life in general runs. Around and along this vast course of the river sprang great civilisations and major human cultures and activities.
In addition to this, the Sudan is a multi cultural entity where African and Arab cultures converge. Due to this the Sudan is one of the most unique countries in the world nurturing a homogeneous ethnic and linguistic diversity. There are more than 600 ethnic groups in Sudan speaking more than 400 languages and dialects.
The climates in Sudan are as diverse as its cultures: there are deserts in the north, tropical forests and rich Savanna in the south and the West, while through the centre passes the Nile with its two long branches in the centre of the country to meet in Khartoum, while the east of the country enjoys a long coast of the Red Sea. This diversity of geography, climates and cultures gives the country the opportunity to be one of the most important and most rich tourist destinations in the world.
By A. S. Alkoronki â€“ GMS Sudan Vision Daily