Al Fashir or Al Fasher in North Darfur is one of the most rapidly evolving cities in Sudan. In spite of some problems affecting the country, the city remains a popular tourist attraction.
The city is the capital of North Darfur. It is located in the Darfur region to the northwest of the country. It is 195 km (120 miles) to the northeast of Nyala. You can reach the city by minibus. If you are in nearby Kenya, you can get there via Landcruisers.
If you are coming from Ethiopia, you should go in via the village of Gallabat. If coming from Egypt, take the Aswan ferry. Once in Sudan, you can take public transportation and head to Al Fashir.
What to See There
There are several tourist hotspots in Al Fasher in North Darfur. One of the most popular is the Ali Dinar Museum. It is dedicated to the life and times of one of Sudan’s most famous personalities. Dinar ruled the Sultanate Fur dynasty.
The museum has several ancient weapons on display. There are also antique furniture pieces on display. Also worth checking out is the Tagabo Hills. The Meidob Volcanic Field is also a popular site.
During ancient times, the city served as a caravan post. Set at an elevation of 2,400 feet (700 m), it is now a vital agricultural marketing area. Fruits grown around the region are often marketed here. During the 18th century, Sultan ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Rashed established the capital city in the area. In recent years, the city has witnessed an economic boom.
A registration fee of 110 SDG is required three days after arriving in the country. If traveling by boat from Egypt, the cost may go up to US$33. You will also need a travel visa. The cost varies depending on where you are coming from.
The most common dish is the Fool, made from fava beans. Vegetables and fruits are plentiful. There are different meats available, but lamb is the most common. Sweet, black tea is the preeminent drink. Hibiscus tea is also popular. The coffee is very strong and powerful.
Before you go to Al Fasher in North Darfur, get the necessary permits for taking photographs. You can obtain this when you first enter the country. Never take pictures of military establishments or personnel. Drinking of alcohol is prohibited.