Shandi, a town in northern Sudan, is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile River 150 km northeast of Khartoum and is the centre of the Ja'aliin tribe and an important historical trading centre. From here you drive 45 kilometres southwest to the ancient city of Meroe.
Located in the River Nile wilayah or province, Shandi’s principal suburb on the west bank is Al-Matamma. A traditional trade route runs across the Bayuda Desert connecting Al-Matamma to Marawi and Napata, 250 km to the northwest. UNESCO funds a centre within the town to promote education in foreign languages and Information Technology.