Khartoum (Arabic: الخرطوم) is the capital and largest city in Sudan and has approximately 2.3 million inhabitants but the metropolitan area is much bigger with well over 8 million people. The city is located in the central northeastern part of the country at the point where the White Nile, flowing north from Uganda, meets the Blue Nile, flowing west from Ethiopia. From here, the Nile flows north to Egypt and the Mediterranean sea. The city was founded in 1821 and nowadays is a lively mix of Arabian and African people, but not of particular interest for travellers. The main charm lies in the fact that you are in one of the least visited cities in this part of the world.
Khartoum is an extremely hot place and only from December to February is a bit bearable. From March onwards, temperatures start to rise and during the months of April to July it is over 40 °C on average but temperatures close to 50 °C are not unheard of. July to October is relatively wet time, although it does not rain that much, but the higher humidity combined with marginally lower temperatures of 36 °C to 38 °C is even worse.
Khartoum International Airport (KRT) receives international flights, among which are those with Sudan Airways, the national airline of Sudan. It has several flights within the region of North and East Africa, the Middle East and to London. Examples of destinations include Nairobi, Entebbe (Uganda), Dubai, Jeddah and Damascus.
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