Destination Information for South Sudan
South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. This landlocked African country boasts four national parks, and is known for its natural wonders. Officially the world’s newest nation, it hasn’t yet had the opportunity to establish much of an infrastructure or tourist industry, but for the intrepid few who do make the effort to visit, it is well worth a trip.
The capital of South Sudan, Juba, is situated on the banks of the White Nile, where you can see examples of the country’s British colonial architecture. Most visitors will prefer to experience the more natural side to South Sudan, including one of the world’s largest inland swamps or wetlands at Bahr el Jebel or “Mountain Sea”. Visit the Boma National Park to see the greatest migration of large mammals on earth. This region is also known for its tribal camps.
South Sudan is the great unknown. There is so much unexplored and undiscovered beauty here that some tourists may be apprehensive, although this same ‘unknown’ factor is also for many the attraction of this mysterious land.
Poliomyelitis in South Sudan
An outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been reported in South Sudan. Two cases have been identified in the Rubkona district of Unity province in the Greater Upper Nile region of the country. The most recent onset of paralysis was on 12 September 2014.
In response to the detection of these two cases, immunisation campaigns are to take place in November and December 2014.
Advice to Travellers
It is recommended that travellers have a poliomyelitis booster (or course) if not already protected and take precautions with food, water and personal hygiene.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the entire country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.