Tourism in South Sudan

South Sudan, a country in northeastern Africa, became an independent country in 2011. South Sudan has the world's second largest animal migration and therefore is considered a good place for ecotourism,[1] but the lack of infrastructure for tourism and ongoing civil war are considered the challenges for the tourism industry in South Sudan.[2]


The tourism industry makes up a small share of the GDP of South Sudan, only 1.8% as of 2013. According to a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council, the contribution of the travel and tourism in GDP is expected to grow to 4.1% by the year 2024.[3] Juba International Airport, the largest airport in South Sudan, has expanded from no international airlines operating in it in 2005 to 32 operating there in 2015. South Sudan does not have any five star hotels. The country has only two or three star hotels.[4]


The US State Department warns US citizens against visiting South Sudan due to continued armed conflicts in the country. As per an advisory published in December 2015, the US embassy in South Sudan is unable to provide any required assistance to US citizens in or outside Juba due to lack of the basic infrastructure and security threats outside the embassy.[5] Canadian and British advisories also recommend to avoid all travel to South Sudan and border areas, and they also warn about their inability to provide assistance to their citizens in South Sudan.[6][7]


Sudd Swamp from space, May 1993.

There is no UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site in South Sudan. However, South Sudan has 14 national parks/protected areas and world's second largest animal migration. According to the Times of Malta, "South Sudan has world's second largest animal migration, an epic migration of the antelopes, but there is not a single tourist to see it".[1] Boma National Park is as big as Rwanda.[1] Other major parks includes, Bandingilo National Park, Lantoto National Park, Nimule National Park, Shambe National Park, Southern National Park, etc. There are also several game reserves which includes Ez Zeraf Game Reserve, Ashana Game Reserve, Bengangai Game Reserve, Bire Kpatuos Game Reserve, Chelkou Game Reserve, Fanikang Game Reserve, Juba Game Reserve, Kidepo Game Reserve, Mbarizunga Game Reserve, and Numatina Game Reserve among others.

South Sudan is also known for its vast swamp region of the Sudd, an area 320 km wide and 400 km long. It is known as one of the largest wetlands in the world and nearly 400 species of birds can be found there.[8][9][10]

See also


Wikivoyage has a travel guide for South Sudan.
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  2. "Travel and Tourism in South Sudan". 9 July 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. "Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2014: Sudan and South Sudan" (PDF). World Travel and Tourism Council. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  4. "Tourism | Embassy-Southsudan". 20 June 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. "Republic of South Sudan Travel Warning". Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. "Travel advice and advisories for South Sudan". Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. "South Sudan travel advice". GOV.UK. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  8. "Al-Sudd | swamp, South Sudan". Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  9. Sophie Lovell-Hoare; Sophie Ibbotson; Max Lovell-Hoare (2013). South Sudan. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-1-84162-466-2.
  10. Esterhuysen, Pieter (7 December 2013). Africa A to Z: Continental and Country Profiles: Third Edition. Africa Institute of South Africa. pp. 360–. ISBN 978-0-7983-0344-6.
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