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South Sudan- The New Republic with Tremendous Prospective for Tourism

South Sudan is a new country and still finding its feet in the World. Independence from Sudan on 9th July 2011 so a lot of the infrastructure is still basic and developing. Anyone visiting South Sudan today, will obviously have a different view from travellers that will be visiting South Sudan in years to come.

Although independent from the majority Muslim Sudan one of the largest countries in the African continent, South Sudan is predominately a Christian Country.

South Sudan tourism is slowly but surely picking up momentum! South Sudan plays a major role in reviving tourism industry in the region. Tourists are mainly attracted to South Sudan due to its natural treasures and beautiful cultural landmarks. Many International companies and investors are also visting South Sudan to explore the investment opportunities.

History
South Sudan has a long and gory history of war and fights for independence. The two civil wars fought during the 70s and the start of the 21st century had a very bad effect on the economic state of the country. South Sudan was declared an independent land on 9th July 2011 with a separate identity from Sudan. But, unfortunately South Sudan is struggling to hold its fort, as it is continuously in war with 6 or 7 rebel groups emerging from its 10 states.

Accommodation Options
South Sudan, although being a new republic has many good hotels in its capital city, Juba. Tourists can easily find economical guesthouses and South Sudan youth hostels to stay. Most lodges provide bed and breakfast facilities. The deluxe hotels may be a bit expensive compared to budget hotels in South Sudan and tent-camps.

Popular Places
There are various interesting places to visit in South Sudan such as exotic waterfalls, green carpeted tropical jungles and wild animal reserves. Some popular places include Boma National Park, Shambe National Park, Bangangai game reserve, etc.  Southern Sudan is a wondrous natural paradise with amazing flora and fauna residing in ecological wetlands, rivers and game forests.

Getting Around
Most foreign tourists have to change planes from Egypt, Kenya or Uganda to reach South Sudan. Getting around within the new country can be full of difficulties without a proper guide. A competent guide will be aware of the modes of travel and transport in South Sudan. There are bus routes from the capital city of Juba to Nairobi. As a tourist you can even get cars for hire or procure boats ferrying across the river barges. Internal flights can also be the ideal way to travel within the country for tourists with expansive budget.

Places of Entertainment
Southern Sudan is an ultimate safari destination with teeming population of migratory birds and wild animals. One can visit the Nimule National Park that offers sighting of elephants, hippos and deer population. Places of entertainment include the jazzy nightclubs, drinking bars and restaurants with choicest African food fare.  For avid shoppers, they may find lots of African memento like fancy jewellery, basketworks and embroidered fabrics on sale at local markets.

Language Spoken
Foreigners from Western countries can find it easy to communicate with locals, as Arabic as well as English; are the two official languages spoken in South Sudan.

Currency
Sudanese Pound is the official currency of South Sudan. It is advisable to get plenty of money in cash form, as credit cards have little value in South Sudan. You can check out online news for more info about currency details.


 
 

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