South Sudan

“At Boma we found an amazing overlook for watching this sea of antelopes move past in their annual migration – and in three days, we never saw another soul.”

  • Children of South Sudan
  • Children learning at school in South Sudan
  • Waving children in South Sudan
  • Zebras on the horizon in South Sudan
  • Camels in the steppe of South Sudan

Discover South Sudan

On July 9, 2011, the world gained its newest nation – number 193, for those who like to keep score. The Republic of South Sudan came to be after decades of civil war followed by byzantine negotiations among various rival interests. The landlocked country redefines underdeveloped and has an extremely poor standard of living by global standards. Needless to say, tourism has not been the first order of priority.

The logistics of planning a bespoke adventure in South Sudan are daunting. But that’s precisely what Brown + Hudson is in business to tackle. Because we know that by getting to the world’s undiscovered places before anyone else does, the rewards are huge – whether in the form of incredible natural environments, cultural revelations or the simple exhilaration of walking somewhere that few outsiders, if any, have ever visited.  

To give you a fuller picture of what South Sudan has on offer, as well as potential obstacles along the way, we’ll enlist the help of embassy staff and local journalists. There are few paved roads, but we can arrange helicopters and light aircraft to get you from A to B. As for the country’s intricate tribal culture, it truly is an anthropological kaleidoscope. We can introduce you to the Bongo, Dinka, Anzande and Lotuka peoples, among many others. And we can arrange for NGO field workers to join our group and provide insights into daily life. Or how about a team of BBC filmmakers or National Geographic to help capture the highlights of your journey?

Your explorations will begin in Juba, the capital, which has been expanding rapidly since independence. But you’ll want to get into the wilds for some truly spectacular scenery. We can fly by helicopter to the grassy plateaus of Boma National Park, near the Ethiopian border, setting up a private camp from which our guides will help you track elephant, giraffe, leopard and cheetah – and you’ll likely have most of the park’s 8,800 square miles to yourself.  

Heading south, the nearly impenetrable Sudd wetlands are a photographer’s dream, especially viewed from the air. Masses of vegetation form what look like enormous lily pads, while fishermen float here and there on man-made reed islands. We can also arrange an ascent of the country’s tallest peak, Mt Kinyeti, and perhaps rafting on the White Nile over Class IV rapids with Peter Meredith, the first person to kayak the Blue Nile from its source at Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean. 

South Sudan may be in its infancy, but that’s what makes a trip here intriguing.  And in such a poor country, your mere presence will make an enormous difference to the local economy. 

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