Tour around Africa: Stage 40 - New Halfa (HSNW) to Khartoum (HSSS)
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In this VFR - GPS Flight Plan we take off from the small airport of New Halfa (HSNW) [Sudan] and fly westwards straight to the 6th cataract of the Nile and then to the south to land in the airport of Khartoum (HSSS) [Sudan]

Find below a short extract and screenshots of the main points of the route. In this journey around Africa I have used the Cessna 172S (Skyhawk)

Take off from runway 21 of the airport of New Halfa

New Halfa Airport (IATA: NHF, ICAO: HSNW) is an airport serving New Halfa, located in the state of Kassala in Sudan.

The airport resides at an elevation of 1,480 feet (451 m) above mean sea level. It has one runways which is 1,500 metres (4,921 ft) in length. (*1)

Flying over the farmlands, not far from New Halfa


A little later the landscape becomes flat and desert


At the middle point of the stage. Desert and more desert.


The Moon rising behind us.


After several days, here is the Nile again. Let's follow its course to the south.


The 6th cataract of the Nile.


Another view past the 6th cataract of the Nile


Approach to Karthoum


Final approach to the runway 18 of the airport of Khartoum, that is located inside the city and right after crossing the Blue Nile.

Khartoum or Khartum (/kɑːrˈtuːm/ kar-TOOM; Arabic: الخرطوم‎, romanized: Al-Khurṭūm) is the capital of Sudan. With a population of 5,274,321, its metropolitan area is the largest in Sudan. Khartoum is located at the confluence of the White Nile, flowing north from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, flowing west from Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The location where the two Niles meet is known as al-Mogran or al-Muqran (المقرن; English: "The Confluence"). From there, the Nile continues to flow north towards Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.

Divided by these two parts of the Nile, Khartoum is a tripartite metropolis with an estimated overall population of over five million people, consisting of Khartoum proper, and linked by bridges to Khartoum North (الخرطوم بحري al-Kharṭūm Baḥrī) and Omdurman (أم درمان Umm Durmān) to the west.

Khartoum was founded in 1821 as part of Ottoman Egypt, north of the ancient city of Soba. While the United Kingdom exerted power over Egypt, it left administration of the Sudan to it until Mahdist forces took over Khartoum. The British attempted to evacuate Anglo-Egyptian garrisons from Sudan but the Siege of Khartoum in 1884 resulted in the capture of the city by Mahdist forces and a massacre of the defending Anglo-Egyptian garrison. In 1898 Khartoum was reoccupied by British forces; it served as the seat of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan government until 1956.

That year the city was designated as the capital of an independent Sudan. In modern times, it has been a site of political unrest. For instance, three hostages were killed during the Attack on the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum in 1973. In the 21st century, the Justice and Equality Movement engaged in combat here in 2008 with Sudanese government forces as part of the War in Darfur. The Khartoum massacre occurred in 2019 during the Sudanese Revolution.

Khartoum is an economic and trade centre in Northern Africa, with rail lines from Port Sudan and El-Obeid. It is served by Khartoum International Airport, and Khartoum New International Airport is under construction. Several national and cultural institutions are located in Khartoum and its metropolitan area, including the National Museum of Sudan, the Khalifa House Museum, the University of Khartoum, and the Sudan University of Science and Technology. (*1)

Bridge in Khartoum
Arwa51o - CC BY-SA 4.0
Blue Nile beach in Khartoum
David Stanley - CC BY 2.0
Airport in the middle of the city
Hind Mekki El Mardi - CC BY-SA 4.0

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