In the year 2011, South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan after a seemingly endless conflict. It has been only five years since the inception of this country. The Democratic Republic of the CongoEthiopiaCentral African RepublicKenyaUganda, and Sudan surround South Sudan.

The White Nile River flows through the country. The vegetation in South Sudan is very extensive; you can find vibrant rainforests and rolling grasslands. Because of its tropical location, the climate is hot and humid.

Bahr el Ghazal is a northwestern region of the country. To the east is the Greater Upper Nile region through which the river flows. Further south is the Equatoria region where the capital city, Juba, resides. Cities like Bentiu, Torit, Malakal, Aweil, Bor, Rumbek, Yambio, and Yei are important cities that can be visited. An African country without a national park is incomplete. The Bandingilo National Park, Nimule National Park, and Boma National Park offer great Safari experiences.

Juda-Arabic is the language used amongst the citizens. However, the educated population also speaks English.

Car hire service is available in Juba. Cars drive on the right side of the road. However, getting around in South Sudan will be difficult. Since it only recently gained independence, it has yet to develop extensive roadways. To visit the rural areas, you will have to use dirt roads. It can be frustrating to travel on these roads but using them will give you a taste of everyday life in South Sudan. 

As for electricity, the country uses types C and D sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

The currency used here is the Sudanese Pound. One Sudanese pound is equal to 0.1647 USD. There are no ATMs in South Sudan so far, so you should just plan on bringing cash with you. The import and export of local currency are prohibited, so you will need to exchange it upon arrival. In the country, the cost of living is low.

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