• The number of international tourists visiting Juba and other major cities in South Sudan is growing rapidly. In 2005 foreign airlines did not fly into Juba International Airport; 32 operators do so now, the vast majority of which are foreign

• Most countries of comparable size have at least 3 or 4 international hotel chains serving the business traveler. In the Republic of South Sudan, there were mostly only two or three-star hotels, but four and five-star category hotels are on the rise, for instance in Juba

Noteworthy Attractions
The world’s second largest animal migration regularly attracts people from everywhere here. There are seven national parks and twelve game reserves in the Republic of South Sudan.
Recent surveys by the government in partnership with the “Wildlife Conservation Society” (WCS) show that these parks and reserves harbor various animal species. These areas were inaccessible to people during the Civil War and are now inhabited by populations so diverse as bongos, red river pigs, elephants and buffaloes, giraffes, chimpanzees and forest monkeys, hippos, hyenas, gazelles and zebras and lions(please watch this video). The Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism, which has been working since 2011 on plans to control policy decisions and to pass laws for the protection of species throughout the country, provides management plans for protected areas and heeds public awareness of nature and environmental protection. The Government of the Republic of South Sudan is firmly committed to growth in the hotel and hospitality industry and has undertaken several initiatives to support the gradually maturing tourism industry in the country. Meanwhile, there are some hotels that have arisen in close proximity to tourist attractions. The government has also introduced measures to conserve flora and fauna.

The White Nile is probably the major geographic feature in South Sudan, and its tributaries flow through the country. South Sudan is home to the world’s largest swamp, the Sudd, covering an area of approximately 30,000 square kilometers. Nearly unlimited sources of water make the region fertile and provide a variety of vegetation and crops.