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Best Time to Visit South Sudan in 2024 for Wildlife, Cultural Festivals, and River Cruises. South Sudan Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit South Sudan

  • Optimal: November to March (dry season, best for wildlife and festivals).
  • For wildlife: December to February are the peak months.
  • Other favorable months: November and March.

Geography facts

  • Location: East-Central Africa.
  • Area: 619,745 km².
  • Borders: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Central African Republic.
  • Landscape: Predominantly flat with the Sudd, one of the world’s largest wetlands, and highlands in the south. Highest point: Mount Kinyeti at 3,187 meters.

South Sudan is a country with diverse landscapes ranging from the vast Sudd swamp to scenic highlands. It is home to various ethnic groups and offers a rich cultural experience, especially during traditional festivals. The country’s wildlife, particularly in Boma and Bandingilo National Parks, is a major attraction.

Climate

  • General Climate: Tropical with wet and dry seasons.
  • Dry Season: November to March (ideal for travel and outdoor activities).
  • Wet Season: April to October (heavy rains, challenging for travel).
Die nachstehende Abbildung zeigt eine kompakte Darstellung der stündlichen Durchschnittstemperaturen für das gesamte Jahr. Die horizontale Achse ist der Tag des Jahres, die vertikale Achse ist die Stunde des Tages, und die Farbe ist die Durchschnittstemperatur für diese Stunde und diesen Tag. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Weather: Dry and warm.
  • Average temperature: +35°C (95°F) during the day, dropping to +20°C (68°F) at night.
  • Activities: Best time for wildlife viewing in national parks and attending cultural festivals.
  • Rainfall: Minimal, almost negligible.

February

  • Weather: Continuation of the dry season.
  • Average temperature: Daytime highs of +37°C (99°F), nighttime lows around +22°C (72°F).
  • Activities: Ideal for exploring Boma and Bandingilo National Parks; river cruises on the White Nile.
  • Rainfall: Very low, good for outdoor activities.
Südsudan (c) Wikipedia

March

  • Weather: End of the dry season.
  • Average temperature: Around +36°C (97°F) during the day, +23°C (73°F) at night.
  • Activities: Wildlife safaris and visits to the Sudd wetlands.
  • Rainfall: Slight increase towards the end of the month.

April

  • Weather: Beginning of the wet season.
  • Average temperature: Daytime at +34°C (93°F), nighttime at +22°C (72°F).
  • Activities: Cultural festivals and early morning wildlife viewing before rains.
  • Rainfall: Moderate, starting to affect travel.

May

  • Weather: Wet season intensifies.
  • Average temperature: +32°C (90°F) during the day, +21°C (70°F) at night.
  • Activities: Less ideal for travel; indoor cultural experiences.
  • Rainfall: Heavy, challenging for road travel.

June

  • Weather: Peak of the wet season.
  • Average temperature: Daytime highs of +30°C (86°F), nighttime lows of +20°C (68°F).
  • Activities: Limited due to heavy rains; visiting local markets and cultural centers.
  • Rainfall: Very heavy, making travel difficult.
Die stündliche Durchschnittstemperatur, farblich kodiert in Banden. Die schattierten Überlagerungen zeigen die Nacht und die bürgerliche Dämmerung an. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Weather: Continuation of heavy rains.
  • Average temperature: Around +29°C (84°F) during the day, +19°C (66°F) at night.
  • Activities: Indoor activities and community visits.
  • Rainfall: Intense, frequent flooding.

August

  • Weather: Wet season persists.
  • Average temperature: +29°C (84°F) during the day, +19°C (66°F) at night.
  • Activities: Local festivals and cultural engagements.
  • Rainfall: Heavy, travel remains challenging.

September

  • Weather: Gradual reduction in rainfall.
  • Average temperature: Daytime highs of +31°C (88°F), nighttime lows of +20°C (68°F).
  • Activities: Resumption of wildlife activities towards the end of the month.
  • Rainfall: Decreasing, but still significant.
Südsudan

October

  • Weather: End of the wet season.
  • Average temperature: Around +33°C (91°F) during the day, +21°C (70°F) at night.
  • Activities: Increasing outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.
  • Rainfall: Reducing significantly, making travel easier.

November

  • Weather: Beginning of the dry season.
  • Average temperature: +34°C (93°F) during the day, +22°C (72°F) at night.
  • Activities: Excellent for wildlife safaris and river cruises.
  • Rainfall: Minimal, favorable for travel.

December

  • Weather: Peak of the dry season.
  • Average temperature: Daytime highs of +35°C (95°F), nighttime lows of +20°C (68°F).
  • Activities: Ideal for exploring national parks and cultural festivals.
  • Rainfall: Very low, perfect for outdoor activities.

South Sudan offers a unique travel experience with its rich culture, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes. The best time to visit is during the dry season from November to March, ensuring the most favorable weather for exploring and enjoying the country’s natural and cultural attractions.

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