This is one of the newest countries that join the African continent. It may have been bitterly divided, but this does not prevent this country to showcase its beauty and marvel to tourists. The sunset in Gezira is marvellous while Jebel Marra the highest peak in the Darfur region boasts of its scenic waterfall and enjoyable climate. The wide array of Sudanes handicrafts can be found in the old national capital, which is Omdurman which could guarantee happiness to the recipients and to save the best for last is the most iconic tourist site which is the Pyramids of Meroe, this shows the richness of culture that is different from that of Egypt.
Important and Interesting Facts about South Sudan
- South Sudan is a landlocked country in eastern Africa with plains in the north and center and highlands in the south, along the border with Uganda and Kenya.
- South Sudan is bordered by Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda.
- South Sudan is the world’s newest country. It’s located in Central Africa, is about the size of France and has a population of about 11 million people.
- Juba is the capital of South Sudan. It is located on the White Nile and is the seat and metropolis of Juba County. It is also the capital of Central Equatoria.
- Today, though a large number of ecologists head for South Sudan it offers practically zero tourist infrastructure, no paved roads and the communications infrastructure is almost non-existent.
- The Boma National Park, situated close to the Ethiopian border is a vast expanse of wilderness that is home to wildlife including migratory herds of over a million Mongalla gazelle, white-eared kob, tiang and antelope.
- The highest point in South Sudan is Mt Kinyeti. The Imatong mountain range lies along the border between South Sudan and Uganda, and Mt Kinyeti is its highest peak at just over 3,000 metres (10,000 ft).
- South Sudan was created by splitting the country of Sudan, which had been one of the largest African nations.
- The White Nile River passes through South Sudan. The White Nile is one of two tributaries of the Nile River. The other tributary is known as the Blue Nile.
- The Dinka is the largest of the 200 ethnic groups that call South Sudan home. Other tribes include the Shilluk, Nuer, Acholi, and Lotuhu.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts about South Sudan
- Interestingly, the South Sudanese government considered numerous names such as Nile Republic, Azania and Kush Republic. It finally settled for what it thought was the safest choice- the Republic of South Sudan also called Ross.
- South Sudan is one of Africa’s most linguistically-diverse countries. It has several hundreds of language groups.
- Around 83% of the country’s population lives in circular stick and mud structures called “tukels”. These rustic cottages generally have no windows are tall and have thatched roofs.
- Nimule, the small but breathtaking national park was home to the now-extinct white rhino. Today a large number of hippo, the Ugandan kob, buffalo and elephants live here.
- South Sudan is the 45th largest country in the world.
- There are more than 60 indigenous languages spoken in South Sudan.
- The first baby born in South Sudan on July 9 – the day it became an independent nation – was a boy whose parents named him “Independent” in honor of the new nation.
- South Sudan has or will become the 196th country in the world, 193rdmember of the United Nations, and the 55th country in Africa.
- Although decades of civil conflict severely limited recreational opportunities, South Sudan is home to an abundance of natural features conducive to outdoor activities.
- Chosen through a competition, the national anthem comprises four short stanzas and lasts a little more than a minute.
Historical and Cultural Facts about South Sudan
- In January 1, 1956,Sudan gains its independence after an agreement between the United Kingdom and Egypt.
- In 1977 Oil is discovered in southwestern Sudan. Civil war in the 1980s and 1990s prevents much exploration or development of the oil deposits.
- In July 15, 1998-May 1999 the SPLA calls a three month cease-fire due to regional famine, allowing U.N. supplies to reach famine victims. The cease-fire is extended until government bombs attack two cities in the South.
- The country went through 50 long years of spasmodic civil wars. It was only in 2005 that North Sudan and South Sudan signed a cease fire and the fighting finally stopped.
- South Sudan is one of the youngest countries in the world. It was only in 2011 that South Sudan declared itself as an independent nation when it spun-off from the country of Sudan.
- Due to the many years of civil war, the culture is heavily influenced by the countries neighboring South Sudan. Many South Sudanese fled to Ethiopia, Kenya and Ugandawhere they interacted with the nationals and learnt their languages and culture. For most of those who remained in the country, or went North to Sudan and Egypt, they greatly assimilated Arabic culture.
- South Sudan has a population of about 6-8 million people who mostly live in rural areas and are subsistence farmers.
- English is the official language but various forms of Arabic are also spoken.
- One of the most important forms of cultural expression among nonliterate groups in South Sudan is oral tradition. It is used as a vehicle for the creative expression of folklore and myths as well as for the recounting of history and traditions.
- Cuisine varies throughout the country and among ethnic groups. Grains such as millet and sorghum are popular sources of sustenance and are supplemented by the variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes grown in the country, when available.
- Western-style clothing is common, especially in cities and towns. Traditional dress varies throughout the country and among ethnic groups. Because of the hot climate, clothing tends to be loose-fitting and of light material.