South Sudan in December 2012
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 6:24 AM Last Post By: Redtail
Sep 26, 2012 6:34 AM
South Sudan in December 2012Hello fellow travelers,
I am thinking of going to South Sudan in December to see the country. Ultimately I want to teach English there and so I will be looking at the possibility of getting a grant from another country to be able to do so. I know there is no money from S Sudan itself from everything I have read.
From what I read on LP, it is remarkably expensive to stay in Juba. But what about staying in other parts of the country? Also, could one stay in Kenya and just take the bus to different parts of S Sudan? I have some small amount of money byt $200/night is just too expensive to stay in a hotel! Are any of the locals renting rooms now?
Please tell me anything you know about being there.
Sep 26, 2012 7:53 AM
1South Sudan is too vast and the roads are too bad to use Kenya as a base to move around the country. Juba is still expensive, but prices have gone down a bit compared to how it was a few years ago (now you get charged 120 $ for a container room instead of 250 $ up...) Thanks to all the UN and NGO dollars flowing in, foreigners are still regarded as a money making machine, I´m afraid. Finding locals to rent rooms might be hard - most South Sudanese are struggling to find accomodation and while the influx of enterprising Kenyans and Ugandans means new hotels and guesthouses spring up in Juba, you have to remember that even there infrastructure is totally underdeveloped, building materials are scarce etc - that makes things addtionally expensive. If you have a tent/camping gear you might try to ask people if you can pitch your tent on their grounds and use their facilities for a small fee as an alternative to renting a room. This will especially help you when you try to move around in the country, due to the lack of tourist infrastructure. I´m not sure about the rain patterns in South Sudan - from what I recall the main rains are in spring - but keep in mind that many roads cannot be travelled during the rains, or you make extremely slow progress (say 50 km in six or more hours) due to the road conditions.
Another thing: South Sudan is a country with dozens ethnic groups and languages. There are returnees who are fluent in English because they grew up in the IDP camps in Kenya or Uganda. They need a chance to find jobs and build up their country. Why should you teach English in South Sudan when far too many South Sudanese are struggling to find a job?
Sep 30, 2012 7:31 AM
Sep 30, 2012 7:36 AM
3There are plenty of hotels in Juba charging in the $70/night range now, still not cheap but much cheaper than $200! There are even more hotels for Sudanese changing significantly less but you might not find them comfortable (no water, no electricity, no toilet, limited security). In other parts of South Sudan you can find guesthouses in the $30-40 mark and many state capitals seem to have one fancy hotel in the $100/night range.
Definitely can't use Kenya as a base, it takes about a day to get from Kenya to anywhere in South Sudan other than right at the border (where there is very little). Uganda would be a better choice but still not feasible unless you just want to get to Nimule. As far as I know there are still no buses from Kenya to South Sudan that do not pass through Uganda which has a much better (and shorter) road connection to Juba.
It will likely be a long time before many locals rent rooms because there are very few "houses" as we consider them in South Sudan. Most people live in tukuls...which is one big room.
Oct 8, 2012 6:24 AM
4If you want to support The New Nation Newspaper , they got a hotel called Korok Guest House
All profits from the hotel and restaurant go to make the newspaper possible.
Their rates are 80$/night bed and full on breakfast.
1500$/month without breakfast.
Brick building, self contained rooms, 24h electricity, internet, running water.
And there restaurant is one of the best kept secrets of Juba.
(5 star Hotel)
From US$259.38 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$104.54 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$292.00 per night