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South Sudan

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, gained its independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, after years of conflict. It is a landlocked country located in East-Central Africa, endowed with vast natural resources, including significant oil reserves, but remains plagued by political instability and humanitarian challenges.

Despite its rich cultural diversity, with over 60 different ethnic groups, South Sudan's development has been hindered by ongoing internal conflicts and poverty, impacting its population's health, education, and economic prospects.

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Juba

morning:Start your day with a visit to the Juba Main Market, where you can explore local crafts and fresh produce. For a tasty breakfast, head to Ali Baba Restaurant for a traditional Sudanese breakfast.

afternoon:In the afternoon, visit the Juba Souk to experience the vibrant local market culture. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Rejaf Restaurant, known for its authentic South Sudanese cuisine.

evening:For a lively night-out, head to Bilpam Jazz Bar for live music and a great atmosphere.

day 2

Historical Heritage

morning:Embark on a morning tour of the Juba Archaeological Museum to discover South Sudan's rich history and cultural heritage. Don't miss out on breakfast at Nile Palace for a delightful start to your day.

afternoon:Visit the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in the afternoon, followed by lunch at Crown Hotel's restaurant, offering a blend of local and international cuisines.

evening:Experience the vibrant nightlife at Club Signature, known for its energetic dance floors and refreshing cocktails.

day 3

Natural Wonders

morning:Start your day with a peaceful walk along the banks of the White Nile River. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at Regency Hotel's restaurant, overlooking the serene surroundings.

afternoon:Explore the lush terrain of the Tondikue Nature Reserve in the afternoon. Indulge in a delightful lunch at the reserve's charming café, offering fresh and organic dishes.

evening:End your day with a visit to the Nile River Beach Bar for a relaxing evening by the river with good music and drinks.

day 4

Cultural Immersion

morning:Discover the traditional art and craft at Juba Grand Market. Treat yourself to a delicious South Sudanese breakfast at Al Baath Restaurant, known for its local specialties.

afternoon:Visit the John Garang Mausoleum in the afternoon to learn about the father of the nation. Enjoy a delightful lunch at the Mausoleum's cafeteria, offering a fusion of local and international cuisines.

evening:Head to Oasis Restaurant and Café for a peaceful evening surrounded by lush gardens and delectable dining options.

South Sudan Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Asida

A porridge-like dish made from sorghum or millet flour, often served with a rich stew and enjoyed as a staple in South Sudanese homes. It can be found in local eateries and markets throughout the country.

Must-Try!

Bamia

A popular okra stew often prepared with meat and flavored with regional spices. It's a must-try for visitors to experience the traditional flavors of South Sudan.

Kisra

A type of flatbread made from fermented sorghum, often paired with soups, stews, or grilled meats. Look for it in local food stalls and restaurants.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Juba Market

One of the largest and most vibrant markets in South Sudan, offering a variety of fresh produce, meats, and street food. Visitors can sample traditional snacks like fried plantains, roasted maize, and grilled meats from local vendors.

Konyo Konyo Market

A bustling market in Juba where visitors can find an array of local street foods such as samosas, sambusas, and grilled fish, providing a true taste of South Sudanese street cuisine.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While meat is a significant component of South Sudanese cuisine, vegetarians and vegans can find options such as vegetable stews, cooked greens, and lentil dishes in local eateries and restaurants. It's advisable to communicate dietary preferences clearly when ordering.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Many traditional South Sudanese dishes are gluten-free, featuring grains like sorghum and millet. However, caution should be exercised with certain condiments and sauces, and communication with restaurant staff is crucial for those with gluten sensitivities.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in South Sudan

Nile Palace

Located in Juba, this restaurant offers a mix of South Sudanese and international dishes, providing a great introduction to the local cuisine in a comfortable setting.

Tatiana Restaurant

Known for its delicious South Sudanese cuisine, with options like grilled meats, stews, and local specialties. The restaurant also caters to dietary restrictions upon request.

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