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Photo Samples, South Sudan

 

For decades, northern Uganda and southern Sudan have been off-limits for travellers, however, with the collapse of Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army along with the independence og South Sudan, the region is suddenly "available". In particular South Sudan is virgin. No guidebooks are made, no-one knows how to get from A to B, and you have to do everything yourself. For the true adventurer, this is just charming :o)

Uganda, the old "Pearl of Africa" if you listen to the wise words of Lord Winston Churchill, is much more "mainstream". In many ways, Uganda is a kind of East Africa Light, as you can see almost everything and the distances from A to B are not as overwhealming as in some of the neighbouring countries. Uganda is a very good place to start is you want to explore the region in an easy and friendly way. The Ugandans are just great!

As usual, all photos are, of course Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

Nimule "suburb", just 100 meters from the main road; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Fetching the water; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

African style of living; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

The White Nile close to Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Preparing food; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Deep-frying in Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

The local gas station. Gasoline is normally sold in 1-litre bottles as opposed to "real" gas stations; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

African drivers are not very skilled! Speeding is a major problem, and usually the problem is fixed by sending off a number of prayers to Allah, God or whoever above. When it doesn't work, it's too late for complaints. Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

The road from Nimule to Juba is the only tarred road in the country. Everything else is muddy and/or dusty, like this one from Nimule Market. Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Beans and knives for sale; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Two elderly sisters cracking peanut shells; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

    

Smiling faces from the market in Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Charcoal women; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Another charcoal vendor; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Very African: Sandals made of car tyres; Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Ranger Michael prepared to show the tourist the adventures of the South Sudan savannah. The AK-47 is Chinese made. Nimule National Park, Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

The famous Nimule Rapids - the lower reaches. Nimule National Park, Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

And the upper reaches. Great for white-water rafting, one should think. Nimule National Park, Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Hippo track; Nimule National Park, Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

A whole continent in one photo! Nimule National Park, Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

A young elephant, died from diarrhea; Nimule National Park, Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Male agama; Nimule National Park, Nimule, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

The Juba-Torit road, very typical for South Sudan. The reason for the stop was some mining engineers who were about to explode a piece of ammunition found on a field. Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

South Sudanese road block: A defunkt tank. Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Typical village in Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Participants in a traditional village wedding. The white stuff is wheat flour. Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheers! Wedding participart in Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Shy village girl; Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Main street in Torit in Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Torit is slightly less hot than Nimule and Juba and therefore a slightly more pleasant place. Claus Qvist Jessen

Life in rural South Sudan is centered around cattle. A man is measured by his flock of cattle, and they are never sold or used for trade. Just kept as money in the bank, should he ever need a new wife. Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

A bucket ful of cows dung; Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Be my guest! The cows dung is dried and used for making fire. Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Boy with his home-made car, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Female stone mason; Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

The future drivers; Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

If Al Capone was born in South Sudan; Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Enjoying a nice cup of tea; Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Very local baby bed; Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The central market in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Eggs and onions for sale; Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

From the butchers market: Cow's innards; Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

Straws for the roof; Torit market, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

    

Charming smiles from Torit market; Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Claus Qvist Jessen

One of a few chaotic bus station of Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Carpenter working on a chair; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

The number of African cell phones vastly outnumber the stock of stationary phones. It's a simple question of prestige to have a mobile phone, and this lady didn't want me to snap the photo until she could grab the phone and look very busy talking to no-one. Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Very local shop; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

A busy bed welder at work; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Drive carefully! Almost 1,000 eggs in the trunk call for careful driving - in particular when being in reverse gear; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Sugar cane vendor; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Local market; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Pasta forever! Women gas station attendant taking a break; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Small motorbike, large trunk; Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

The Ecuator south of Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Local boys south of Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Vegetables for sale south of Kampala, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Titanic on the go; Lake Kachera, southern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

A cup of tea? Lake Kachera, southern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Waterbuck; somewhere in southern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious zebras; somewhere in southern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Danish hunter Anders enjoying the fruits of a morning's hunting for impalas; somewhere in southern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Titanic 3-400 kgs of dead zebra, shot by a Danish hunter somewhere in southern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Typical perforated road; Jinja, eastern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Distributing the milk; Jinja, eastern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Norty little boy; Jinja, eastern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Shy kid being comforted by his mother; Jinja, eastern Uganda. For some reason, a big white male like me has a terrifying effect on small, black kids.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The local top hit: Lincoln vs. Zombies. Must be an E-film. Jinja, eastern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

    

Market scenes; Jinja, eastern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Before the construction of a huge dam downstream, this used to be the Bujigali Falls. These days, not much "falls" about the scene. White Nile, Jinja, eastern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

River boys; White Nile, Jinja, eastern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Shashlik vendors; Kampala-Gulu road, Uganda. The liver ones are highly recommended. Claus Qvist Jessen

Street scene, Gulu, northern Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

The hopeless and dusty Gulu-Nimule road, northern Uganda.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Take a break; Gulu-Nimule road, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Proud local boys displaying their street-wise attitudes; Gulu-Nimule road, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

Very close to the South Sudan border, the abount of garbage seems to increase a lot; Gulu-Nimule road, Uganda. Claus Qvist Jessen

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