The 6 best places to visit in South Sudan


In the extreme south east of the country, creating a natural border with Uganda are the Imatong Mountains, home to Mount Kinyeti, at 3,187 metres (10,456 ft) above sea level it is the highest peak in South Sudan. Reports suggest the mountain forests support an abundance of wildlife, including colobus and blue monkey, with large populations of elephant, buffalo, duiker's and leopard. Though the native forest clearing and subsistence farming is causing severe damage to the landscape, as well as the animal population, it remains a beautiful mountain and forest landscape.

6. Imatong Mountains


In the far east of the country, close to the border with Ethiopia is the 22,800 square kilometre (8,803 square mile) Boma National Park, an area made up of grassland and floodplains. As well as being an important refuge for the white eared kob, a type of antelope, visitors to the park can hope to see an abundance of wildlife, including lion, elephant, buffalo, African leopard, Nubian giraffe, African cheetah and zebra among many more species.

5. Boma National Park


In the extreme northwest of the country, straddling the border with both Sudan and the Central African Republic is the 8,200 square kilometre (3,166 square mile) Radom National Park, a disputed landscape of jungle forest and savannah. Species found in the park include crocodile, elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, lion, ostrich, wild boar and leopard. Though a wonderful place to safari, visitors should be aware that the disputed nature of the park makes it a haven for smugglers and other types of criminal.

4. Radom National Park


In the western centre of the country, covering an area of some 23,000 square kilometres (8,880 square miles) is Southern National Park, the largest protected area in South Sudan. Made up of extensive grassland, gallery forests and clay like sandy valleys, the park is home to crocodile, African buffalo, giraffe, northern white rhino, lion and colobus monkey among many others species.

3. Southern National Park


In the south east of the country, north east from the capital, Juba, is the 10,000 square kilometre (3,861 square mile) Bandingilo National Park, the location of the second largest annual animal migration on Earth after the Great Serengeti Migration. This vast wooded landscape of huge marshlands is home to such animals as lion, cheetah, wild dog, Nubian giraffe, elephant and multiple species of antelope as well as many more. Under threat from potential oil drilling, the countries severe poverty over the years has meant Bandingilo is one of the least visited national parks in the world.

2. Bandingilo National Park


In the northern centre of the country is a vast swamp known as the Sudd, covering some 57,000 square kilometres (22,007 square miles) it is one of the worlds largest wetlands and the largest freshwater wetland in the Nile basin. Impenetrable for centuries and difficult to traverse even to this day, the Sudd is home to an enormous number of animal species, comparable in size to that of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. For that reason, its importance as a natural habitat as well as its sheer size, the Sudd has become the most revered attraction in South Sudan.

1. Sudd

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