South Sudan

Where is South Sudan?

  1. Approximate Population of South Sudan: 11,062,113


One of the most important requirements when entering South Sudan is a South Sudan travel permit. This allows you free passage across the country for up to one month. You will need to stay in Juba at least until you have the permit. However, this time will not be long enough to consume much of your time, so plan to spend a couple of hours each day visiting different places.

When leaving South Sudan, your journey takes you through the world famous Lake Magadi, an inland body of water separated from the north and south by a massive sand sea. On your way you will pass through the largest town in the new country, Juba. Here you can expect to be greeted by colorful palm trees, street vendors, and barges that carry fruit and livestock. While here enjoy watching seals, elephant and rhinoceros.

Once in Juba you will make your way to the eastern coast where you will find the ruins of historical Wadi Dhar. The tombstones at the Wadi Dhar site are placed among the sand. The tombstones date from between the fourth and fifth centuries. One of the best sites to visit when entering South Sudan through the new country's borders is the town of Mombasa.

Mombasa is the capital of South Sudan and the largest port in Africa. You will find many hotels here but the finest hotel is the Holiday Park Hotel. This hotel overlooks the majestic Nile River and provides guests with breathtaking sights. There are boat trips to choose between the months of May and September. Other attractions include a safari on the Na'ama River that ends in the historic city of Bambuhu. If you book your hotel with a tour operator such as Interval International they will arrange transport to and from the Na'ama River.

Upon arrival in Mombasa, your primary task will be to explore the historical areas including the Old Shonyor fort which was built by the former president John Kaleid. Another must see spot is the Khardini Site which displays the tomb of an indigenous leader called Nedi who died in prison during the colonial rule. The old town of Juba is also a must see and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can go fishing on the famous lake, which is the Lake Magadi and is served by two major hotels including the Holiday Park Hotel and the Safari Park Hotel. South Sudan is truly a destination worth visiting and offers a taste of the local culture and lifestyle of the former president's time.

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Juba is the capital of South Sudan

Juba has an approximate population of around 525,953 people and you can typically expect to pay around £0.52p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

If you're planning to travel to South Sudan then you will want to know more about Juba in South Sudan. Juba is South Sudan's largest and capital city. The city is located on the white Nile River and serves as the administrative center of the eastern Central Equatoria State, and also the capital of South Sudan.

It has a total population of 525,951 at the last count, making it the largest city in Africa. It has a central area of approximately 55 km², and the metropolitan area spanning336 km². Juba is considered to be the gateway to the Indian Ocean and the coastline with the airport being located about half way down the city. It has a harbor for large vessels and other boats that carry passengers to the nearby coastal region. There are many hotels in Juba which include both high rise luxury resorts and low budget ones, as well as hostels, lodges and campsites.

There is a growing tourism industry in Juba and it is estimated that in the next few years the figure will double. Most of the tourists coming to Juba come from the surrounding countries and are made to arrive by road, usually via Kenya and Uganda. By road tourists can travel in cars, but using a bicycle is also possible if it is possible to do so. Most people arriving in Juba arrive by air, and then take a taxi or a minibus to their hotel. Another mode of transport used by many tourists in Juba to get around is a bus, which can pick them up from the international airport and drop them off near the seacoast. Buses along with boats and car rental also ply between the resorts and the city.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to South Sudan

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to South Sudan are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to South Sudan?

For up to date information around safety and security in South Sudan read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for South Sudan.

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Best time to visit?

The best time to go to South Sudan is December to early February. You'll barely see a drop of rain at the beginning of the year, when dawn-to-dusk sunshine and hot – but not quite sizzling – temperatures rule the roost.

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South Sudan Tourist Attractions

Visiting South Sudan is one of the best ways to get to know the country better and explore the different sites. The official name of the country is Republic of the Southern Sudan and it is a landlocked nation in eastern/central Africa. In this article we will give you a brief introduction to the country and its historical sites. We will also highlight its culture and history. Located in the Horn of Africa, it is the only African nation to be located between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Apart from the capital, other major towns in South Sudan are Aweil, Deim Zubeir, Gondokoro, Tonj, Gongrial, and Nimule. There is a Mausoleum of former President John Garang, where you can pay homage to the country's founder. In Nimule, you can visit the Tamarind Tree. The city has a rich history and is home to many historical sites.

The National Museum of South Sudan is a place for learning about the country's history. It features a mummy of the country's first president, and a statue of him. The tomb is heavily guarded and visitors must sign a visitor's book. The National Museum of South Sudan also features exhibits related to the country's independence. There are dozens of other places in South-Sudan to discover.

Do I need a Visa?

Visas are valid for 1 month. If you wish to stay in South Sudan for longer than 1 month you'll need to apply for an extension at the Ministry of Interior in Juba (although visas and visa extensions are currently not being issued due to coronavirus (COVID-19) measures now in place).

See which forms you may need for entry into South Sudan.

What currency do i need for South Sudan?

The official currency of South Sudan is the South Sudanese Pound (SSP). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in South Sudan you can grab amazing South Sudanese Pound deals via Wise.com (GBP to SSP).

What wildlife live in South Sudan?

South Sudan has a rich and varied fauna, with elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, wild dogs and a great variety of antelopes. This includes the rare tiang and huge herds of white-eared kob, numbering more than 800,000.

What is the traditional food of South Sudan?

Bari food? Ful is most associated with Egypt and Sudan, which consider it their national dish. This dish is composed of boiled fava beans and oil on which we can add tomatoes, onions and cheese. Salt, chilli and lemon are served as table condiments.

What Languages are spoken in South Sudan?

The official language of the country is English which was introduced in the region during the colonial era (see Anglo-Egyptian Sudan). Some of the indigenous languages with the most speakers include Dinka, Nuer, Bari, and Zande. You can learn some basic Bari before you travel to South Sudan and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in South Sudan?

The currency in South Sudan is the South Sudanese Pound (97% of the people in the Sudan average tipping percentage in restaurants is between 7% to 14%.).

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