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Safaris on the rise in Southern Sudan

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jul 06, 2010

(eTN) Following the recent publication of articles on Southern Sudan and its upcoming tourism opportunities, and mentioning the Bahr el Jebel expedition itinerary for a planned trip later this year to the region, demand has kicked in for more such unique safaris to one of the last unexplored parts of Eastern Africa. Destinations for the two January 2011 expeditions by Bahr el Jebel will be the Boma National Park, located along the border with Ethiopia, where very large numbers of white-eared kobs, tiangs, and mongallas can be found, along with other game and many bird species unique to this park.

The migration of these species from the Boma National Park to the Nile and back is thought second only to the great migration of the wildebeest and zebras from the low grass plains in the area between Ngorongoro and the southern part of the Serengeti, but is still largely unknown to many, even in the East African tourism industry, leave alone further abroad – a well-kept secret so far by those in the know and who have been there to witness the spectacle.

The expedition will be setting up camp at Pibor Post in a mobile tented camp, from where daily game drives will lead into the park proper, assisted by a single-engine aircraft based at Pibor for the duration of the expedition, which will relay GPS information from the air to guide the vehicles directly to the big herds. Participants in the expedition will be able to participate in these aerial surveys, adding spice to the activities and offering great views from above.

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Safaris on the rise in Southern Sudan
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