South Sudan

The world's newest country, South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 19 2011 after two devastating civil wars lasting a total of 39 years. 98.83% of the population voted to do so in a referendum. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the world's poorest countries, with a virtually non-existent health system. In some areas there is one doctor per half a million people.

There have traditionally been huge migrations in the area due to war and there is no reliable census information. Life is chaotic and harsh. Hunger is an ever present danger for the population. Bandingilo National Park in the south hosts the world's second largest annual animal migration.

Country

South Sudan flag

Why you should go:

It's the world's newest country.

Why you shouldn't:

You like to holiday in places where you can obtain medical treatment.

Map of South Sudan