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Which place to stay in Khartoum?

Everybody say the Blue nile camp site is a dump. Some suggested the Municipal campsite but I can not find details for it.

Any other places that is good for overlanders?
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A couple of HUBB posts, here
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...454#post370847

(post #15)

and here:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...3-2#post367154

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Another perspective on the Blue Nile Sailing Club (definitely not many travellers' cup of tea, I know) is that it's a good place to meet the locals.
A prominent member is Kamal who takes an interest in all foreign visitors, and Amin who is prominent in Khartoum's music scene. We had a great time with them for almost 2 weeks. (Yes we survived the Sailing Club that long!)
Another account of Kamal's hospitality here:
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Kamal is indeed very hospitable. We only stayed a couple of nights but got talking with him and invited for a trip on his boat the next evening. Facilities for camping aren't the best though.
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As posted elsewhere:

Khartoum accommodation:

Try the Youth Hostel, 35 per person (5 to 6 euros per person if you choose a good 'bank' to change money at) for shared rooms, great location, secured shaded parking under a huge mango tree with a sweet old guardian, clean and well run, air con and fans. Even a working fridge in each room and a shared kitchen to use. Loads of good restaurants etc around.

CAMPING IS POSSIBLE for 1.5 Euros per person (10SP), some shade, can sit in the air con reception area, wifi (sometimes!) etc, clean facilities and electricity for the car.

Rooms have between 2-6 beds in them, I am sharing a 3 bed room with my 'wife', so we effectively end up with our own room for a decent price. Foreigners get there own room, so if your the only foreigner, which seems normal, you get your own air con room for 5-6 Euros, a real bargain in expensive Khartoum.

Walking distance to the airport. Walking distance to Saudi embassy, ferry companies for Aswan or Jeddah etc etc. Next to the Dutch embassy as well ;-)

GPS N15 35.478 E32 32.386 (Only Landies and Toyotas will fit through the gate/trees - trucks will not fit!)
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We tried camping at the 'National Camping Residence' which is nice, clean toilets and showers, but hardly any shade and its a long walk to anywhere being right on the edge of town, a 13km drive to anywhere. Khartoum is bloody hot (1st week of March here = 43 degrees in the shade) so definitely worth spending a little more - a room for two at the Youth Hostel works out cheaper than camping at the Blue Nile (constant bad reviews).

If no suitable rooms are available couples may have to sleep in separate rooms as it is strictly separated by sex per room etc

Worth a try, I'm enjoying the electricity for my laptop, cold fridge, pizza from the Deli next door and the gentle hum of aircon after a hot day of mechanics.

Having looked at all of the Khartoum options in my combined 2.5 weeks here, I seriously recommend the Youth Hostel, a really great place for the money.
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Hey Roamingyak.

Thanks for the Youth Hostel recommendation - great value, Parking and wifi.

Just talked to the Greek here who told me of your plans returning to Europa.

Im also looking into traveling transit Libya to Ship from Tunesia - trying to get a Libya Transit since Burundi whit out luck. Here in Khartoum i wil try to get a Business visa.

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Khartoum is no fun in 45 degree heat with no air con.... just walking to the corner shop is exhausting.... ;-)

Please keep saying to Constantine "Iceman, Iceman, Iceman.... cool as a cucumber......"

Its a great place for 6 Euros a night......
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I stayed at the Youth Hostel - its cheap and quiet (no one is there!). Its also very close to the Ethiopia embassy and to a lot of good expat restaurants.

Just make sure you have the phone number of the boss because I was locked out on Sunday while the guy went to mass. You may need to call someone to get back in if no one else is staying at the hostel.
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Less than a km away, or so, is the Greek Club, if you find it, you can pay to swim in their pool, or play other sports. They also do basic food and drinks etc.

The pool looked pretty nice.
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