Sudan gifts you a beautiful opportunity to discover some wonderful places, an abundance of animals and get to know an enthusiastic and friendly bunch of people. The peaceful way of life in this country creates an atmosphere of calm and relaxation for the weary traveller. Situated on the northeast part of the Africa, Sudan is one of the most prominent members of the continent with more than one superlative to its credit. First, with an area of 2,505,813 square kilometres, it is the largest African nation and second, Sudan is home to the world's largest swamp, As Sudd. Sudan also has a formidable expanse of lakes, lagoons, forests, arid lands and flood plains. Among these the fertile plains by the Blue Nile and White Nile rivers and Lake Nubia throughout the country and the sandy dunes on the north are the most prominent physical features of Sudan. There are also natural harbours at Port Sudan and Sawakin on the Red Sea.
In ancient times, Sudan was ruled by the kingdom of Nubia before going under Egyptian reign around 2600 B.C. Christianity was introduced to the land in the 6th century, but an influx of Muslim Arabs in 640 A.D replaced it with Islam. After several more Egyptian attacks, Britain took over both Egypt and Sudan by 1898 as Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. The Sudanese independence was proclaimed on January 1, 1956.