Among other attractions, Southern Sudan has the largest and most diverse wildlife experiences to offer in Africa.
Tourism in Southern Sudan is set for major investment. With extensive forests, grassland, lakes, rivers and the Sudd, South Sudan has had extensive wildlife to rival that of East Africa. However, the civil war scattered or diminished the wildlife population, in particular the big game that was easily accessible to tourists close to the towns.
Although the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the later years of the civil war made brave attempts at the preservation of threatened species like the elephant and the rhino, a lot more remains to be done in peace time to bring their numbers up to an appreciable levels. The tourism industry needs to be established as soon as pockets of insecurity are effectively dealt with.
Caution: Although the war is officially over, security is still a priority and one should check onward travel at every stage. Many roads are still land-mined and there are still many guns in the hands of tribal groups or individuals.
Last updated at 11/28/2009