South Sudan is a country in East Africa, created after the region split from Sudan. The newly formed Republic of South Sudan is completely land-locked, surrounded by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the Congo (Democr. Republic), and the Central African Republic. The climate is hot and humid, with seasonal rains from April through November. The country’s population is reported to be around 8.25 million. The capital city is Juba, which has more than 372,000 people. Tourists moving around the country will probably also visit Wau, Yei, and perhaps Malakal. Get a car for hire in South Sudan so that you can make the most of the seven national parks and 12 game reserves.
Juba is located along the banks of the Nile, which means there is going to be a lot of waterfront recreation and outdoor activities. Even the hotels are lined up along the Nile River. Get a car for rent in South Sudan so that you can explore the capital at your leisure. Do not miss the Nile Bridge, Jebel Kujur Hill, or the John Garang Mausoleum. You may also find the cattle market near the city center interesting. The Roots Project exhibits offer an inside look at local arts and crafts. Nightlife options include a cabaret at the New York Hotel or a live band at the Nile Comfort Hotel. Mango Camp is a popular hangout with a dance floor, and the Executive Joint is a discotheque along the river bank. The Nyakuron Cultural Center is perhaps the best place in Juba for all-round entertainment, including live shows, a cinema hall, shops, and a casino. The Bandingilo National Park starts right on the outskirts on Juba, if you want to get started on a wildlife safari.
Yei is a gateway in and out of the country for visitors and businessmen from Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Even though it is quite close to the capital, Yei has its own airport if you want to fly in. Tourist attractions include Freedom Square, the Catholic Church, the Mosque, and the Yei Shopping Center. Right across the border, you can take in an African safari in the Parc National De La Garamba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or at the Mount Kei White Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.
Malakal is the capital of the Upper Nile State, and was at one time among the top tourist destinations in East Africa, served by Malakal International Airport (MAK). The number of tourists has gone down due to the conflicts, but that cannot take away from the lush greenery and natural beauty of this place at the confluence of the Nile and Sobat rivers. You can take a tour of the many parks and mosques, and stop by at one of the eateries for a taste of the famous wal-wal, which is a delicious flour dumpling.
If you visited Bandingilo outside Juba, that still leaves six national parks and 12 game reserves in South Sudan that you can visit. Book your car rental in South Sudan right now and plan for trips to see the elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and all kinds of birds in Nimule National Park. The park also offers white water rafting in the Fulla Rapids. Boma National Park is packed to the rafters with 800,000 animals including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and the white-eared kob. Southern National Park is a huge park with everything from lions to wild dogs, cheetah, baboons, and buffalos. Shambe National Park near Rumbek is a good place for bird watching, while Lantoto National park between Yei and Maridi is good for elephants, buffalos, ostriches, and a whole lot of antelope.
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