City Guide, Juba
Juba is a fast growing city and capital of the newly formed country of South
Soudan. Juba is on the White Nile River. The city of Juba is a river port and forms
the southern terminus of traffic along the river Nile or to be more precise along
the White Nile. Juba is undergoing renovation and will sport a new look in the coming
years. The city boasts of one of the premiere institutions in the country that is
the Juba National University where students from different parts of the country
come to study. The tourists coming to Juba try to visit the university which has
become a place of interest.
The city of Juba is one of the chief tourist destinations in South Sudan owing
to its natural beauty and strategic location. Juba in South Sudan is a favorite
tourist haunt because it is easily accessible from different corners of the world.
There are international fights coming to the airport in Juba which makes it easier
for the tourists to access the city.
Culture and entertainment
There are people of various faiths, Christianity is the main religion, Islam
is very common and all other religions are accepted. The main languages are English
and 'Juba Arabic'. Juba Arabic is a mix of Arabic and the local language; Bari;
and is the street language. Shopkeepers from the South speak English, those from
the north speak Arabic while traders and hawkers are mostly from Uganda and speak
Most people wine and dine in the evenings at the numerous restaurants, bars and
hotels. Many bars have big TV's for English Premier League football. On weekends
you can also take a boat trip on the Nile (from Oasis Camp) or go fishing.
Food and drink
The local staples in juba are Kisra, Kudra and Bamia. Kisra is a very wide bread
made from slightly fermented sorghum flour. Kudra is a green vegetable which grows
near the river. Bamia is boiled with beef and served in a stew. Often the meat and
vegetables are 'pasted', served in a thick peanut sauce. There are very many other
local foods, but do not worry, local food is not served at any of the international
hotels, so you will end up eating European and American food most of the time.
There are number of supermarkets in the city which supplies different items for
local and gusts. Some of them are: Jit Supper market
Located in the city center; Juba Town, Jit is THE place to shop, it has everything.
Jit supermarket has clothes, shoes, cosmetics, toiletries, newspapers and magazines,
electronics, food, wines, spirits, computer accessories, chocolates, juices, soda,
ice cream, cold processed meats, kitchen equipment, fridges, generators, cookers,
their own brand of bottled water, bags, stationery, and so many other items. Upstairs
there is a whole floor of furniture. And Konyo Market ;this is the main market.
It is smack in the middle of the city. The market has many distinct areas, the whole
sale shops, hardware and building materials, food kiosks, stalls, bus park areas
and open areas.