Eastern Equatoria State | Central Equatoria State | Jonglei State | Western Bahrel Ghazal State
Tourism in South Sudan is not yet developed but is set for major investment.
The beauty of the exotic people of South Sudan, different locations and historical importance of places have long been viewed as potential tourist attractions. With extensive forests, grassland, lakes, rivers and the Sudd, South Sudan has had extensive wildlife to rival that of East Africa.
Upcoming tour s and travels companies have begun marketing South Sudan as a tourist destination.
In fact, South Sudan is said to have had the largest and most diverse wildlife experiences to offer in 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.
Eastern Equatoria State
The popular historic sites, tourist attractions and wildlife conservation sites and parks are as follows:
- Torit: The town where the first struggle of the people of South Sudan led by a group of Southern military officers started in 1955.
- Himodonge: The burial site of 1955 Torit rebellion martyrs about 6 kilometres south east of Torit Town.
- The Mausoleum of the Late Rev Father Saturnino Ohure (Otuho). He was the great Catholic priest, a hero, a martyr and revolutionary. He played a very important role in the struggle of the people of Southern Sudan. He was killed in Uganda.
- The renown Tamarind Tree: This tree was the resting place of Sir Samuel Baker at Nimule when he was exploring the source of the Nile in 1869.
- Dr. Garang Memorial Secondary School-Torit.
- Torit State Hospital.
- The Headquarters of Eastern Equatoria State.
- Nimule National Park. Park extends 540km2 along the border with Uganda, with wildlife moving freely back and forth, and straddles the White Nile River. It is accessible even during the rainy season. Nimule National Park is home to elephant herds, hippos, crocodiles, zebra, bushbuck, warthogs, baboons and Ugandan kob, jackal, hyrax, monkey or leopard.
- Kidepo Valley Game Reserve.
- Imatong Mountains and Imatong Forest Reserve (this is an important birds and natural conservation area occupying 1,000KM2).
Apart from the above sites, recreational facilities available in the state include:-
- Torit Stadium
- Torit Me & U Music Hall
In Central Equatoria State, Africa’s longest river, the Nile passes through. In addition, several hotels are built along the Nile to give the guests a beautiful view of the Nile especially at sunrise and sunset.
The river also attracts people for research purposes.
Other attraction sites within the State include the Jebel Juma Game Reserve and Dr. John Garang Mausoleum within the city that houses the monument of the late Dr. John Garang.
In Jonglei State, Recreation activities available in the state are: Football, traditional wrestling and dancing.
There is also the Badingilo National Park for nature lovers. Boma National Park is also located in this state.
Boma National Park in northern Jonglei is one of the largest reserves in all of Africa: at 22,800km2 it is larger even than the many times more famous Kruger and Ruaha parks. The scale of the seasonal wildlife migrations is said to rival even that of the Serengeti, with as many as two million animals simultaneously on the move and with as many as 1.3 million of these antelope. One of the largest reserves on the continent, this national park is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wildlife migrations. From March until June, the animals are moving south and east, from the floodplains of the Sudd and Bandingilo National Park across to Boma and into Ethiopia, keeping ahead of the rains. In the dry season months from November to January, the direction of the migrations is reversed. The animals return in search of pastures watered and made rich by the silt left behind by the flooding of the White Nile. - See more at: http://www.bradtguides.com
In Western Bahrel Ghazal State, there is a Wau Zoo located next to the river.
The Wau Zoo, found in the State Capital, has a rare attraction in the name of the striped hyena. This is the largest hyena species, being intermediate in size to the spotted hyena and the brown hyena. It is a medium-sized animal with a downward sloping back and a roundish head with a pointed muzzle and pointed ears. Its trademark pale grey and beige color with a black patch on the throat and five to nine distinct vertical stripes on the flanks, with clearer black transverse and horizontal stripes on the legs distinguishes it from other animals at the zoo. It is also one of the dangerous predators in Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Western India.
Wild animals like monkeys, baboons, hyenas, crocodiles, warthogs and gazelles as well as ostriches are found here. There are hippopotamuses on the river as well.
There is also stadium located within the town where government meetings to address public issues are held.