Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Atbara, Sudan, Khartoum, North Africa, Africa

Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Atbara, Sudan, North Africa, Africa

Atbarah is a town situated in River Nile State in the northeastern part of the Northeastern African country, Sudan, at the confluence of the rivers of Nile and Atbarah. It is popularly called the ‘Railway City’ as it headquarters The National Railway Company. Atbarah is geographically positioned between 17°43′ N latitude and 33°59′ E longitude, around 330 km northeast of the national capital, Khartoum. The town of Atbarah comprises five districts such as Umbukole district, the Railway District, Alsawdana, Almatar and Almurabaat.


History of Atbarah:

Atbarah was the site of the ‘Battle of Atbara’ fought between Anglo-Egyptian army and the Mahdist forces on 8 April 1898. This  war was won by the Anglo-Egyptian army, led by Lord Kitchener.


How to reach Atbarah?

Atbara Airport is situated around 10 km east of the heart of the Atbarah town. The airport receives scheduled flights from Khartoum, served by African Trans.

Sudan’s most important airport, Khartoum International Airport, is located around 320 km southwest of Atbara with scheduled flights from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Sharjah, Doha and many other global destinations.

Being located between Khartoum and Prt Sudan, Atbara can be reached by train from both these cities. Atbara has also good road connectivity to all around the country, including national capital Khartoum.


Food and Shopping in Atbarah:

Being a commercial city, Atbarah houses many modernized restaurants and shops but most shops don’t accept plastic money so visitors are advised to bring local currency before entering.


Things to do in Atbarah:

  • Exploring river bank
  • City tour
  • Walking


Places of interest in Atbarah:


Atbarah River:

The Atbarah River originates in northwest Ethiopia and merges with Nile River in Atbarah. The river is a great relaxation point as well as site for recreation for visitors coming to the city of Atbarah.


Atbara Airport:

Located at an altitude of 360 meters, the Atbara Airport is situated 10 km away from the heart of Atbara city. The airport is popular among visitors not only as a travel point but also as a tourist attraction with pleasant location and surrounding environment.


The National Railway Company:

The National Railway Company is the major employer in Atbarah, produces railroad equipments. Visitors are allowed with a permission to know about manufacturing processes.



Khartoum is the capital city of Sudan, situated around 330 km from Atbarah with numerous renowned manmade tourist attractions like Sudan Ethnographic Museum, Sudan Presidential Palace Museum and The Khalifa’s House. Buses and trains are regular between Atbarah and Khartoum.


List of other places of interest near Atbarah (in Khartoum) includes:

  • Khartoum War Cemetery
  • Tuti Island
  • University of Khartoum
  • Jabal al-Awliya’ Dam
  • Nile Street
  • Al Kabir Mosque
  • WWII Cemetery
  • Sudan Art Diwan
  • Sudan National Museum
  • Port Sudan
  • Jebel Barkal
  • Pyramids of Meroe
  • Temple of Amun
  • Pyramids of Gebel Barkal
  • Sudd


When to visit Atbarah?

The best time to visit Atbarah depends on visitors’ interest, though the most preferred time is from December to March.


Hotels in Atbarah:

Nile Hotel is one of the major accommodation centres in Atbarah, located in the city centre with hot water, AC and both traditional Sudanese and international food. Another recommendable hotel in Atbara is Al-Asfia A Hotel, which is situated in the southern part of the city with AC and internet facilities. If visitors found Atbarah’s hotels not meeting their expectations, then they can drive towards the capital Khartoum, where all sorts of modernized hotels can be found. The major hotels in Khartoum (around 330 km from Atbara) include:

  • Grand Holiday Villa Khartoum
  • Green Village Hotel
  • Dandas Hotel
  • Corinthia Hotel Khartoum
  • Acropole Hotel
  • Al Salam Rotana Hotel
  • 5M Hotel
  • Kabri Touristic Hotel
  • Kanon Hotel Suites
  • Bougainvilla Guesthouse
  • Coral Khartoum
  • Kanon Hotel
  • Lisamin Safari Hotel

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