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South Sudan

Explore South Sudan

Embark on a voyage of unparalleled discovery to the hidden gem of Africa – South Sudan. Our luxury tours invite you to explore the untouched beauty, rich cultural heritage, and breathtaking landscapes of this remarkable destination.

South Sudan beckons with its raw, unspoiled wilderness and a tapestry of indigenous tribes, including the fascinating Mundari, Lotuko, Larim, and Toposa. Immerse yourself in their ancient traditions and vibrant cultures, witnessing their unique way of life amidst the vast expanses of the African savanna. 

Reconnect with nature in its purest form as you bask in the tranquility of South Sudan’s unadulterated wilderness. Whether you’re admiring the vibrant hues of a sunset painting the horizon or listening to the symphony of nocturnal creatures under a blanket of stars, every moment is a testament to the unparalleled beauty of Africa.

Indulge in the epitome of luxury with our exclusive tented camps, offering glamping experiences that seamlessly blend opulence with the untamed beauty of the African landscape. Retreat to your private sanctuary amidst the wilderness, where every comfort and indulgence awaits, from sumptuous furnishings to gourmet dining under the stars.

Join us on a journey of discovery and adventure as we unveil the treasures of South Sudan in unparalleled luxury. Let us guide you through an unforgettable experience that celebrates the richness of African culture, the splendor of nature, and the thrill of exploration. Your safari awaits amidst the pure unadulterated wilderness of South Sudan.

Mandatory

Yellow fever.  Local authorities can request an international vaccination certificate (yellow card) at the airport.

Recommended

Tetanus, cholera, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A, and malaria/paludism prophylaxis. Depending on the places and the duration of the stay, additional vaccinations are recommended: typhoid, rabies, hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis A+C and W 135.

What to know before you travel..


In South Sudan, a country north of the equator born in 2011 from the division of Sudan, the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a very hot and dry winter from December to February (which can actually be considered summer). , and a less hot summer, but muggy and rainy, from June to September. The country is covered by a plateau, which has an altitude between 400 and 700 meters in the center-north, while in the south it ranges between 700 and 1,000 meters.

The predominant vegetation is savannah, more or less arid depending on the area, but in the southwest there are also forests, while in some areas crossed by watercourses there are swampy areas, including the Sudd. The Sudd is the largest swamp in the world and is located in the center-north, along the course of the White Nile and its tributaries, which are lost in a myriad of lakes, lagoons and canals, which are covered with aquatic plants and inhabited by a large number of species of animals and land birds. Summer rains increase the surface of flooded areas.

Other areas rich in biodiversity are found in the Bandingilo National Park, the Boma National Park and the South National Park.

 

Voltage

In South Sudan the common voltage is 230 V. The frequency is 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are type C / D.

 

Internet

There were 773.4 thousand internet users in South Sudan in January 2023. South Sudan’s internet penetration rate stood at 7.0 percent of the total population at the start of 2023. Kepios analysis indicates that internet users in South Sudan increased by 55 thousand (+7.6 percent) between 2022 and 2023.

 

Foreign exchange

The local currency is the South Sudanese Pound (SSP).

Foreign currency declaration is not required, neither on arrival nor on departure from South Sudan.

The most widespread and accepted foreign currency is the US dollar (1 dollar = 130 SSP, approx., June 2022).

It is essential that the dollars have an issue date after 2006 and that they are not marked, otherwise they will not be accepted in the country.

It is not recommended to travel with euros as it is not always easy to change them.

Credit cards and checks are not accepted in South Sudan. It is not possible to withdraw money at ATMs with foreign cards. You must ensure a sufficient amount of cash (dollars) for the days of the trip.

 

Movil

South Sudan uses a two digit mobile code along with a seven digit phone number. For international calls, South Sudan has been assigned the +211 code by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

 

Language 

The most widely spoken languages ​​are Juba Arabic and English, Swahili is being introduced within various sectors of the population to improve the …

Official languages: English

 

Health

It is recommended to make the appropriate medical consultations before traveling and take out medical insurance at origin with international coverage that includes the costs of health care and evacuation and/or repatriation.

Medical-sanitary conditions are very poor throughout the country, although in Juba, very basic medical services can be found. In serious cases or cases that require surgical intervention, immediate evacuation abroad is recommended. Hospitals and doctors often require cash payment in advance for treatment.

Regarding health standards, the traveler must drink bottled water and avoid ice if the origin of its composition is unknown. It is recommended to avoid eating raw vegetables and unpeeled fruits. Bilharzia (a parasite that lives in stagnant or muddy water, especially in some parts of the Nile) is widespread and poses a serious risk of skin and eye infection. It can be prevented by avoiding bathing in rivers or reservoirs and walking barefoot in swampy areas.

Malaria has a high incidence throughout the country, especially during the rainy season, so it is recommended to consult your doctor about the possibility of starting the corresponding prophylactic treatment well in advance.

Hospital centers recommended by the European Diplomatic Representations in Juba:

  • MRDC International. +211 (0) 954044333/954044222
  • Juba Medical Complex. +211 (0) 955523371

Ambulances:

Only MRDC has a working phone: +211 (0) 954044333 and an email address: jubaemergency@mrdc-int.com.

 

Security

High risk areas (must be avoided):

The entire country is considered a high-risk area. Since the beginning of the civil conflict in December 2013, the states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei have been especially dangerous, mired in a situation of permanent violence and disorder. .

Central and Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal are equally dangerous due to the proliferation of local militias that often stage assaults on a daily basis.

Travel to border areas, where incursions from neighboring states frequently occur, is particularly discouraged.

All roads are extremely dangerous, with attacks and ambushes repeated daily and checkpoints where soldiers often demand money from travelers.

On the other hand, between April and November, the rainy season, assaults and robberies on the highways are more frequent. Some parts of the country may be inaccessible and roads may be cut off.

Trips outside the capital (Juba) should only be made if these are strictly necessary. The trip must be thoroughly prepared (water, food, gasoline, vehicle conditions, communications, etc.) and one must be aware of the road conditions, the weather situation, the distances to travel, as well as the total lack of coverage telephone and medical services in many regions of the country. Even taking these precautions, any trip can pose serious security risks due to the persistence of armed violence throughout the country.

Security measures must also be maximized in Juba, where at any time of the day or night there can be armed robberies. In case of aggression, it is recommended not to resist, since the attackers are usually armed.

In the same way, it is recommended not to put up any resistance in the event of being detained at any of the police checkpoints installed on the main roads of the city. During these controls, travelers must be prepared to respond calmly and respectfully to the police or military who intend to check vehicles and personal documentation.

Few streets are illuminated, so outings at night should be reduced to what is strictly necessary. The high crime rate advises that displacements are always in vehicles in which at least two people travel.

 

Food and drink

Asida Sorghum porridge served with a meat or vegetable sauce.

White Bull Local beer. Beans, corn, cereals and peanuts Cultivated during the rainy season, mainly by women.

How much should I tip?

As in the rest of Africa, tipping is almost obligatory. The average tip percentage in restaurants is between 7% and 14%.

 

Climate

In most of the country, rainfall is around 800/1,100 millimeters per year, with a minimum in winter, when it hardly ever rains, and a maximum in summer, generally in July and August.

The driest areas are the extreme southeast, on the border with Kenya (where the Ilemi Triangle, an area in dispute between Kenya and Ethiopia, is located), and the extreme northeast, on the border with Sudan. In both areas, rainfall does not reach 700 millimeters per year.

Instead, the rainiest area (excluding the mountains) is in the extreme southwest, near the border with the Congo. Here the rains reach 1,500 millimeters per year.

Apart from some isolated mountains in the far east on the border with Ethiopia, which reach 1,700/2,000 meters, the only mountain range of any importance are the Imatong mountains, which lie in the south, near the border with Uganda, and culminating in Mount Kinyeti (3,187 meters). This is the rainiest area of ​​the country, and it is covered by mountain forests. The temperature decreases with increasing altitude, and in the peaks it is quite cold all year round.