Kassala is a Sudanese favourite for honeymooning couples as the Taka Mountains are a backdrop, where springs a sacred well – said to enhance fertility. The city is also famous for its multi-ethnic market. For just over the mountains is Eritrea; and across the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.

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The weird Taka Mountains – between the Gash River and rebuilt flood embankments, made since a massive flash-flood turned this dry riverbed into a raging torrent that flooded the city, killed 30 and left tens of thousands homeless in 2003.

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The chicken serial-killer of Kassala … Tikka flavoured chicken is cooked on hot stones and along with bread and salad is great meal.

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Islamic female fashion can be very colorful in Sudan. RIGHT: Vendor selling the amazing garments of the Rashaida Tribes (originally from Saudi Arabia).

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Kassala’s market is massive and covers many blocks, selling everything … it’s most famous for fruit like mangoes, oranges, grapefruit.

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Vendor selling traditional daggers + swords; making clay coffee pots

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Shay anyone ? Very sweet tea and coffee are big favourites in the Islamic world.

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Having coffee with Beja tribesmen in the grain market

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Some vendors in Kassala have very simple street stalls.

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Saints tomb in Kassala, near taka mountains

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The 18th century Khatmiyah Mosque – home to a local sufi sect originally from Saudi Arabia