Not the first place you immediately associate with an African Safari – but did you know that Southern Sudan is home to a migration thought to be bigger than that in the Serengeti – Mara?
Bahr el Jebel safaris operate in the southern part of Sudan around the White Nile which flows through Northern Uganda into South Sudan and onwards eventually to the Mediterranean. Bahr el Jebel is the Arabic name for ‘White Nile. This is a fantastic opportunity for the adventurous Africa lover to go where tourists have not ventured for a quarter of a century and witness an Africa little changed in 100 years. This area of South Sudan is bordered by D R Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. The tribal people living here remain untouched by the western world – they do not dress up for tourists!
Much of your safari here will take place from the air as you can cover more ground and it’s cheaper than ground transportation over long distances. From aerial counts biologists estimate that close to two million white-eared kob antelope, tiang antelope, mongalla gazelle, elephant and buffalo follow the migration paths around South Sudan through Boma and Bandingalo National Parks and Zeraf Game Reserve. The animals follow the grass and water from wet to dry seasons as the grass receeds and then returns. The wet season is April to October and dry season is November to March (opposite to most of the rest of Africa!).
This is a responsible tourism project which hires and develops skills with local guides who were often formerly hunters. They hire local villagers to work in the safari camp and collaborate with local government wildlife departments and biologists carrying out census and relcation of animals. They use solar power and operate catch and release fishing. Local tribal culture is represented in a traditional way but teaches them to earn money from tourists. Tribal protection of wildlife with sustainable hunting and local tribes benefiting from the meat and cash contributed.
The tented camps are basic but comfortable with stretcher beds, bucket showers and long drop loos. The camps chefs are proud to produce a variety of quality food, fresh breads and cold drinks.
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