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Sudan is the Largest Country in Africa

Aug 18, 2007
Sudan, officially Republic of the Sudan is the largest country in Africa, bordered by Egypt, the Red Sea, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and Chad, and Libya.

As there are so few tourists in Sudan there arent really any tourist traps.

Probably the closest thing is the famous Sixth Cataract, the Sabaluka Falls. Nearly all tourists intend to visit as its one of the countries few bona fide sights. Although few without a guide can actually find it and just spend hours tracking up and down the main road looking for any sign of a turn off.

The Cataract has stunningly beautiful scenery and is well worth a visit, but dont come expecting a waterfall as youll be severely disappointed, its more like a ripple. In fact there is nothing to actually see but it is still a nice day away from Khartoum among the hills and valleys that are quite rare in Sudan. Just dont expect too much listen to most Sudanese and they see it as the 8th wonder of the world. Its also probably the only place in Sudan where youll hear the infamous word baksheesh. In most places the locals love to talk and act as guides and would be insulted to be offered money here they will expect payment and they wont tell you till afterwards.

Another popular day trip from Khartoum is to Jebel Aulia dam, but Sabaluka is far more attractive.

Most nationalities will require a visa to enter Sudan.

The most notable geographical feature is the Nile River. Which, with its tributaries, flows through eastern Sudan from south to north?

Rainfall in Sudan diminishes from south to north, thus the southern part of the country is characterized by swampland and rain forest, the central region by savanna and grassland, and the north by desert and semi desert.

There are mountains in the northeast, south, centre, and west; the highest point is Kinyetti in the southeast.

Agriculture, mostly of a subsistence nature, dominates the economy. Long staple cotton, the principal cash crop, is raised in the irrigated Al Gezira region. Other crops include sesame, sorghum, millet, peanuts, dates, and sugarcane. Cotton, sesame, gum Arabic, livestock, and peanuts are exported. The small mining industry extracts chromate, copper and manganese ores, gypsum, and gold. Industry is largely devoted to the processing of agricultural products.

The population is divided into three main groups, northerners, who are Muslim and speak Arabic the official language, westerners, largely Muslim and originally from West Africa and southerners, who follow traditional beliefs mostly and speak Nilotic languages. There is a Christian minority in the south.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Sudan Rental Site
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