South Sudan Driving and Car Hire Info
Driving in South Sudan-
You should check the latest travel advisories on your countries website before travelling to the worlds newest nation. Most Government’s currently (Dec 12) advise against all travel to the Northern border regions with Sudan and to Wau town in Western Bahr el Gazal State, which has seen some violent disorder recently. In 2012 there have been incidents of violence from armed rebel groups, particularly in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei States
Few Roads outside the capital are paved and most, including those in Juba aren’t well maintained, most are dirt tracks which will deteriorate rapidly after rain. Only main roads in towns are lit, and many vehicles have poor or no lighting so night time driving should be avoided. Roads are used by poorly maintained vehicles, animal propelled carts, motorised rickshaws and motorbikes and driving standards are often poor.Travel in most parts of the country is particularly difficult during the rainy season (from July to October/November)when many roads become impassable, and parts of the country become inaccessible and cut-off . Safety is also a major concern and you should be accompanied by a guide if travelling anywhere off main routes. Tribal conflicts, border disputes and the widespread ownership of weapons by the populace make South Sudan a dangerous location. Particular areas to avoid are the border region with Northern Sudan, Malakal town and Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei States and Western Equatoria which is prone to activity by the Lords Resistance Army. Juba is also prone to criminality and you shouldn’t drive anywhere in the City after dark.
South Sudan Car Rental –
This company rent cars from their office near the airport in Juba