Kosti Tourist Places to Visit in Kosti, Sudan, Africa

Kosti Tourist Places to Visit in Kosti, Sudan, Africa

Kosti, also called Kusti, is a city belonging to the White Nile state of Sudan, located around 380 meters above sea level. It is located in the opposite direction of the state capital Rabak on the bank of the River White Nile and these cities are linked by a bridge. Kosti is geographically positioned between 13°10′ N latitude and 32°40′ E longitude, around 310 km south of the national capital, Khartoum.

Kosti features a very dry climate and the hottest month of the year is November, when temperature crosses 100 degrees. Kosti houses a major railway station, Kosti Railway Station and a university named the El Imam El Mahdi University.


How to reach Kosti?

There is an airport near Kosti, in Rabak, but flights are not scheduled. The nearest year round functioning airport to Kosti is Khartoum International Airport. This airport is situated around 320 km north of Kosti and operates flights from many Middle Eastern and African cities, including Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Cairo.

Kosti is accessible by bus services from Khartoum, served by many prominent Sudanese bus companies. Visitors are advised to hire a car at the local travel agency of Kosti or at the nearby Rabak city for local travel, intercity travel and sightseeing purposes.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Kosti:

The El Imam El Mahdi University is the focal point of Kosti’s culture with the organization of regular cultural events showcasing Kosi’s culture and history.

Kosti also houses many nice restaurants, mainly traditional options. Kosti is also famous for its traditional shops with colorful handicraft products, bags and baskets.


Things to do in Kosti:

  • Exploring river bank
  • Visiting university
  • City tours
  • Traditional shopping


Tourist Attractions in Kosti:


White Nile:

The White Nile is one of the two major tributaries of the world’s longest river, the Nile (other is the Blue Nile), while the city of Kosti is located on the western bank of it and over it, a bridge is constructed to connect Kosti with Rabak. The river bank is a site for different water sport activities and sightseeing.


El Imam El Mahdi University:

Established in 1994, the El Imam El Mahdi University is a public university headquartered in Kosti. The university is named in the remembrance of Muhammad Ahmad, a prominent ruler of Sudan, who was recognized for his prominence during the Mahdia revolution from 1895 to 1898.



Rabak is the provincial capital and a nearby city of Kosti, situated on the other side of the White Nile River’s bank, opposite of Kosti. It is mainly an industrial city, home to many oil refineries and sugar factories. There are also some historical attractions can be seen in Rabak.


List of other places of interest near Kosti (in Khartoum) include:

  • Bombed Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory
  • Souq Omdurman
  • Sudan National Museum
  • Sudan Ethnographic Museum
  • Convergence of the Blue and White Nile
  • The Khalifa’s House
  • Sudan Presidential Palace Museum:
  • Nile Street in Khartoum
  • Tuti Bridge
  • Corinthia Hotel Khartoum


Best time to visit Kosti:

Throughout the year is best, especially during the summer months between December and March is ideal to visit Kosti in Sudan.


Hotels in and around Kosti:

Like most Sudanese cities, Kosti also lacks well facilitated hotels, which has forced visitors to drive towards the national capital Khartoum, which is also recommended for those who want to experience healthy and genuine Sudanese hospitality services.  The below list includes hotels in Khartoum (around 310 km from Kosti):

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

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