We have Lord Kitchener to thank for the fact that the streets of Khartoum are laid out in a fairly logical grid pattern, but the city is fairly spaced out and can be tiring to walk around. Car hire is easily available and the bright yellow taxis, minivans or air-conditioned, metered cabs are plentiful. Three-wheeled taxis – known as bajaj or raksha – can be used for short trips within the three cities of Khartoum North, Omdurman and Khartoum proper. There are no ferry services between the three centres, but there is a ferry to take you from central Khartoum to Tuti Island, a rural islet in the middle of the Blue Nile.