Getting around South Sudan

Air

Internal flights are the easiest way to get around South Sudan. Feeder Airlines (www.feederairlines.com) fly to Rumbek, Wau and Malakal. Southern Sudan Air Connection fly to Bentiu and Yambio.

Side of road
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Road quality

Asphalted roads are effectively non-existent outside Juba; road conditions are poor outside towns, roads to the north are often closed during the rainy season (July to September) and street lights are non-existent.

Owing to the bad conditions, a full set of spare parts should be carried for long journeys.

Vehicles must be in good working condition.

Car hire

Available in Juba.

Taxi

Urban taxis in Juba are plentiful, along with motorbike taxis. Road safety is not always a primary concern of drivers. Taxis are not metered; fares must be agreed in advance.

Coach

Rough and ready minibuses connect Juba to towns in the south. During the May-December rainy season, roads can become impassable and certain destinations (such as Wau) only accessible by air.

Regulations

The minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 110kph (62mph) on highways, 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas and 90kph (50mph) outside built-up areas. Heavy fines are imposed for speeding. It is compulsory for front and rear passengers to wear seat belts. It is illegal to use a handheld mobile telephone while driving. Headlights should be turned on at all times.

Documentation

Carnet de Passage, adequate finance and roadworthiness certificate (from the embassy) are all needed. An International Driving Permit is recommended, although not legally required.

Edited by Jane Duru
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