South Sudan: Things to See and Do in Juba (Tourist Attractions)

One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Juba Sudan is developing at a quick pace with boundless opportunities. Not only does Juba have a profusion of natural resources, Juba also contains luscious jungles as well. Not to mention, South Sudan features the second largest wildlife migration in the world. While the tourist attractions are limited, there are plenty of entertaining hotspots and nightlife in Juba. With the country claiming independence on July 9th, 2011, there is no better time to visit and celebrate the latest Nation in the world.


Wildlife Migration: 

As mentioned earlier, South Sudan is home to the second largest wildlife migration on the globe, making game and wildlife a huge tourist attraction. South Sudan hosts 5 National Parks and 14 Game Reserves, bringing spectacular and important wildlife populations to Africa such as buffalo, elephants, giraffes, and lions.

Nile River:

The longest river in the world, the Nile is the dominant geographic attraction of Sudan and is a must stop if visiting Juba. There are many bars and restaurants you can visit that will give you a beautiful scenic view of the White Nile River.

Traditional Cattle Market:

The White Bull is prized and sacrificed for celebration as a symbol of peace after struggle. The cattle market near the city center has herds of cows that cross town going to the market. The bulls have horns up to six feet long and are a sight to watch. The White Bull is a popular beer in Sudan and Red Bull is the most popular imported energy drink – I’m sure you’ve heard of it!

Traditional Dance:

Dancing is also a huge part of Sudan and they feature a lot of local dances. Sudanese tribes each have a dance that reflects their life. Additionally, art is a part of their culture. If you are looking to take a gift back home, there is a group of local sculptors that operate in Buluk next to JCC. They carve their work as you watch and none of them speak English. You can purchase sculptures nearby if you’d like.

 

Additional Attractions:

The John Garang Mausoleum is also a great spot to check out while visiting. Jebel Kujur hill, a mountain west of Juba town, is a beautiful attraction that is also a must see while in South Sudan. A little further up the mountain is a place called Rock City.

As you can see, Juba is a great place to visit. There is not a lot of attractions, but it is full of culture and intriguing information – a place you’ll surely never forget!

October 5, 2013