In July 2011, the largest country on the African continent, Sudan, was divided in two and South Sudan, the ‘newest’ country in the world, was born. The process that led to independence from the North was long and troubled, and the ‘newborn’ country immediately had to deal with a bloody civil war. Glimmers of peace and stability are finally on the horizon, and its beauties are just waiting to be discovered, from meeting tribal groups to parks rich in wildlife.
South Sudan is unfortunately known for being one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, for its wars and instability. But in recent years a new wind has been blowing over the capital Juba, bathed by the waters of the Nile, and timidly the more adventurous travellers are beginning to plough its trails.
To the north of the capital, in villages with mud-brick houses and thatched roofs, one can encounter countless different ethnic groups living according to tradition: from Mundari zebu breeders to Dinka warriors, from Toposa semi-nomads to Nuba farmers. Each encounter will offer special emotions and immerse visitors in a context that has not been contaminated by modernity, allowing them to fully appreciate an authentically African cultural mix.
The parks of Boma, Nimule and Bandigalo are almost unknown, compared to the Masai Mara in Kenya or the Serengeti in Tanzania, yet it is in South Sudan that the greatest migration on the continent takes place, with over a million antelopes moving there every year! Add to this a population of around 8,000 elephants, 9,000 buffaloes and 3,000 ostriches, as well as lions, leopards, giraffes and hippos, and it’s easy to see that the country could be a top destination for nature lovers and photographic safaris.
We wish South Sudan a long and stable peace!
Kanaga Africa Tours works at the service of travellers to offer a privileged channel to anyone wishing to immerse themselves in the reality of this magnificent country and appreciate its immense tangible and intangible cultural heritage. At the moment, due to a rather complex socio-political situation, we have decided to limit our trips to South Sudan to Juba and the Central Equatoria region only. We will certainly be the first to propose other itineraries as soon as the situation clears up and the necessary security conditions are restored.