It is also a place too often overlooked, forgotten about as we turn our attentions (and tourist dollars) to its better developed and more familiar neighbours. As long as we do this, it is we who are missing out.

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South Sudan, in the two years after achieving independence, is still in the midst of tremendous change: the war with the North may be over, but internal rivalries continue to risk tearing the country apart yet again.

Those visitors who are both determined and adventurous can, however, still immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of this remarkable country. From the hectic energy of Juba, the world’s youngest capital, to fascinating Dinka cattle camps and traditional wrestling in Bor, South Sudan offers an incredible variety of experiences.

Explore the biodiversity of its five national parks to capture a glimpse of the elusive ‘Big Five’ and see for yourself why this country has been called ‘the lost heart of Africa’.

Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare

Please note There has been a serious deterioration in security in South Sudan since these pages were compiled, and some of the practical information here will now be out of date. In particular, many areas are currently not safe to travel. You are advised to contact your embassy and local agents prior to travelling. 

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