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The country is a beautiful tourist destination with vast diversity of fauna and flora, scenic beauty, diverse culture, historical sites and variable climate. It has wonderful wetlands which are inhabited all year round with thousands of birds species including some migratory birds.

The Nile and the other Rivers represent a major attraction and provide a venue for other tourist activities such as cruise launching, sport fishing, white water rafting, birds watching and excellent photography. The rivers have several waterfalls and rapids, the most notable one being the Fulla Falls at Nimule National park.

Characteristics of the sector

  • The sector is blessed with wildlife immigrations to the country
  • Juba City is located on the banks of River Nile making easy for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Nile.
  • The country is served by Juba and Malakal International Airports.

Current situation in the tourism sector

  • South Sudan is in the process of developing a tourism Act
  • Tourism policy has been drafted and submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval
  • The country has no tourism training institution
  • There is urgent need to create awareness of tourism potential through marketing
  • Wildlife Conservation Directorate of the government of South Sudan and the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife Conservation and Tourism are responsible for the management of the wildlife and the protected areas of South Sudan.

Transport in South Sudan

South Sudan has wide range of means of transport including air, road and water. The Juba and Malakal International Airports link the country to other destinations in the world. The common means of transport on the road include buses and taxis. There is also railway transport and water transport on the Nile

Investment opportunities in South Sudan’s tourism sector

  • River boat services i.e. cruise boat on Nile River
  • Tour operators/ Travel agents
  • Transport facilities
  • Private clinics and hospitals
  • Construction of hotels and restaurants i.e. 5 star hotels
  • Refurbishment and operation of lodge in Nimule National Park
  • Tourism training college
  • Tourism and leisure facilities
  • Floating restaurant on River Nile
 19th March 2014)
Information was received from Juba, South Sudan’s capital, that in a government reshuffle a new stand alone Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Conservation was created by presidential decree yesterday afternoon.
While no ministerial appointments have been made as yet, a total of 6 new ministries was reportedly created.
South Sudan in December last year descended into a near civil war situation, with thousands killed and hundreds of thousands displaced, and as recently reported here were tourism facilities in some of the parks, in particular the Boma National Park, looted and destroyed, literally killing off tourism which at best was fledgling before the outbreak of hostilities and at worst almost nonexistent vis a vis real numbers.
South Sudan has several national parks, the world’s largest wetland known as the Sudd and the White Nile, also known locally as Bahr el Jebel, running through the entire country from the border with Uganda to the border with the Republic of the Sudan.
The migration from Boma and the Sudd to Bandingilo National Park where once a year the massive herds of white eared kobs, Tiang and Mongella gazelles congregate, can according to Bahr-el-Jebel Safaris website number up to two million animals (www.bahr-el-jebel-safaris.com) and will be the country’s number one tourism attraction once peace is restored, security of visitors assured and the red tape still in place when entering the country reduced to make visits by high spending tourists ‘easy’.
For now though, even granted that the political will is there to make tourism a priority sector for Africa’s youngest country, facilitate investments, provide a state of the art legal and regulatory framework, boost conservation capacity and create parastatals to market the country, regulate the sector and manage the wildlife resources, it will be some time to come before – unlike in the rest of East Africa where tourism already is a key economic cornerstone – the tourism, hospitality and aviation industry will mature enough to yield dividends, AFTER the internal conflict has been resolved in a lasting fashion.

Posted by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome(Posted 14th July 2014)

Bahr el Jebel Safaris, one of South Sudan’s few professional safari and expedition outfitters, has expressed cautious optimism that they might be able to resume their tours from early 2015 onwards.
When hostilities broke out in mid-December last year and genocidal killings swept across Africa’s youngest country, were expeditions to Boma National Park and to Bandingalo National Park cancelled in the interest of clients’ safety, though reports reached that some of the semi-permanent camps were looted by combatants.
Said Bahr el Jebel in a communication received yesterday: ‘The southern 3 states (Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria of South Sudan are at peace. The uprising by David Yau Yau that affected us in 2013 has ended. We plan to re-start safaris in January of 2015 staying to these states. We will be operating from a mobile camp with equipment brought up from South Africa. There will be no permanent camps.
Please see the following link for safari routes, dates and prices. Those safari routes that include Bor and Pibor can be subject to route changes. South Sudan Safaris South Sudan and Northern Uganda Bahr El Jebel Safaris
Bahr el Jebel has for a number of years offered one of the few reliable options to see the big migration of close to two million White Eared Kobs, Tiang Antelopes, Mongalla Gazelles and other species which move from their two main grazing grounds in Boma and the Sudd to congregate at Bandigalo in search of pastures, similar to the migration of the wildebeest and zebras between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

For future updates on the resumption of expeditions and safaris in South Sudan make sure you watch this space or else periodically click on www.bahr-el-jebel-safaris.com