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South Sudan

Introducing South Sudan

On July 9th 2011, Africa’s largest country, Sudan, split into two and with it South Sudan was born.

The birthing process was a violent and bloody one. For decades the people of South Sudan have known nothing but war as they fought for independence from the north. Today fighting continues in some areas as rebel groups battle the new government in Juba who in turn have been involved in a near endless string of border disputes with the government of Khartoum in the Sudan.

Today South Sudan is one of the poorest, least developed and little-known nations on the planet, but the very fact that South Sudan does remain such a blank spot on the map of Africa is the thing that is likely to attract the first intrepid visitors here. And intrepid they will have to be, because South Sudan contains almost zero tourist infrastructure, virtually no paved roads and a terrible communications infrastructure.

But the rewards for those up to the challenge are immense. South Sudan, with its wealth of tribal groups, is a field day for anthropologists. Wildlife buffs are already working themselves up into a frenzy of excitement over the vast numbers of large mammals that, much to everyone’s surprise, appear to have survived the decades of war relatively unharmed. Trekkers are eyeing up the potential of the Imatong Mountains on the lush border of Uganda and every self-respecting African overland traveller will be dreaming of following the White Nile across the length of the new country.

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