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Port Sudan

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Port Sudan is a city in Sudan on the the Red Sea.

Get in[edit]

Port Sudan New International Airport has international flights from Cairo and Dubai. There is also a domestic route from Khartoum.

There is now a tarred road linking Port Sudan to Khartoum via Atbara, which passes through great scenery and passes the pyramids of Meroe (Meroë). Make sure you don't take the old road via Kasala - it's 400km longer and is reported to be dangerous due to ongoing tribal conflicts and bandits.

Port Sudan also has a rail link with Khartoum: trains leave every Monday at 20:00 and arrive about twenty hours later. There is also a international ferry from Jeddah.

Get around[edit]

In Port Sudan you can get around the city with rickshaws, taxis and buses. Rickshaws seem to be the best option as they only cost an average of SDG2-5 for journeys up to 15 minutes and take you exactly to your destination.

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There is a large boardwalk area overlooking the port and near to ice cream shops and cafes. You can sit and relax in the open areas and enjoy a shisha or have hot drinks from any one of the tea ladies nearby.

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  • Snorkelling & Diving. There are several good dive sites near Port Sudan, including Sha'ab Rumi (<1 hour from the coast) and Sanganeb (<2 hours from the coast). Liveaboard boats operate out of the port and can be contacted directly via their websites. As of Apr. 2015 there is only one land-based dive operator, Diveversity (an international business) operating at Sudan Red Sea Resort, located 30km north of Port Sudan. It can get very windy in November and December, so while this is the season for hammerhead sharks, expect rough seas.

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Souvenirs. Along the boardwalk area there are many local craftsmen, most selling trinkets and jewelry made from sea shells. Be careful when purchasing these items; vendors often try to pass their goods as local when, in fact, they are cheaply made and mass-manufactured elsewhere. You can also purchase some excellent hand-ground coffee in the Souk, packaged under the El Tayeb brand.

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The Coral Hotel (previously a Hilton) has a cafeteria reminiscent of an American diner (think Denny's), offering international cuisine and great coffees. The prices range SDG7-10 for a hot drink and around SDG15-35 for a main meal. There is also a very nice restaurant in the hotel, with set menus averaging around SDG65 per person.

On the cheaper end of the spectrum you can go to the Food Dream and Ice Cream Dream restaurant for milkshakes, slushies and ice cream. The neighbouring restaurant has a good selection of chicken and meat donner kebabs, as well as chicken and chips for SDG5-12. On this same strip of restaurants you can get a delicious pizza for around SDG10.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Coral Hotel (Previously Hilton), [1]. USD250 and up.  edit
  • Sudan Red Sea Resort offers basic accommodation in a remote location on the rocky coast, 30km north of Port Sudan on the main new road to Egypt. The resort is well-signposted. Prices are USD38/night per person for a rustic hut with shared toilet block, bed & breakfast, or USD96 full board. They can also put you in contact with partner Diveversity regarding diving. As of Dec. 2009 a security permit is required to pass the checkpoint north of Port Sudan; this can be arranged in advance by the management if they are picking you up from the airport.

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Get out[edit]

The most wonderful untouched underwater world is in Port Sudan. You can arrange for a trip inside the Red Sea, diving around amazing views in Shoaab Alromi, and see live sharks in a place called Sanjaneb.


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