To start off go to Jit supermarket and buy a map of Juba.
There are several ways of getting around. The cheapest is walking. Its quite safe. The next cheapest is the public 14 seater toyota or nissan vans called “Taxis”. The next in price is the thousands of motor bike taxis called ‘boda boda’. Next is taxis called “private hires’ and daily car hire, which is the best.
Walking or jogging.
This is the best way to see a town. Many visitors jog in the morning. By 10 am it becomes too hot to walk or jog..
These are ridiculously cheap. One pound all stages. There are two hubs, ‘Customs’ bus park and Konyo Konyo. All taxis end up here. From Konyo Konyo you can go to Juba, Customs, Bridge, Gumbo and a few other places. From Customs you can go anywhere, even Kenya. There are routes to Konyo Konyo, Juba through Malakia or through ministries), Jebel market, Rock City, Yei road, Gudele, Munuki, Terekeka, from the local stage and then there is a national stage and an international stage, thus the name “Customs”.
Note there are no bus routes along Tong Ping or River road, where most tourist hotels are. Take a bike.
There are thousands of ‘Senke’ motorbike taxis. Select wisely as there are no helmets. Chose a mature driver with a new looking bike. Tell him to drive slowly. Half speak English, half do not. Fares are 2 to 5 pounds.
There are many taxis, all unmarked to avoid being arrested. Foreigners are not allowed to drive public service vehicles, and all taxis are driven by foreigners, who own the cars. If you ask at the reception of your hotel they will give you their telephone number.They charge 20 to 50 pounds
- Outside Sahara Hotel is Otis. Call him on 0957231805
- Outside Sahara Hotel is Segawa. Call him on 0477144467
This is the best option. There are many car hire companies and all travel agents do car hire. At the airport there is a car hire company just across the street. Goes for around 80 dollars per day self drive.
Contact Herman on +249955010647, +249927403483 or +256477194932
For four-wheel vehicles in good condition
Editor, South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
Guide to Juba City, From Juba Travel Guide Archives, first published in July 2011 on the eve of South Sudan’s Independence.