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Road from Juba to border with Congo

Road from Juba to border with Congo

In Juba, in the Hotel Nile Resort I met a gentleman of Estonia named Tarmo Tamming who was traveling with his Mazda van around Europe and Africa on a 2 years trip.

He started his trip through several European countries to Turkey, then drove by Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Ethiopia again, Kenya, Uganda and finally South Sudan. Very friendly guy that gave me a ride to go with him.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

We were then in our attempt to enter the Democratic Republic of the Congo, very bad road that we actually did not know if we could get into the Congo or not. We were trying.

After having been stopped by the police in Ganji, where we were detained and searched, we had to give the police a copy of all photos to put inside their computer. From here we drove to sleep in Yei. Here, the Ganji police were very hostile, and we were taken to the police station under pressure. Everything went well past an hour and a half.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

From now on we knew that from Juba, we should stop at all the police centers to give the authorities the knowledge of our presence in the region. Thus we avoid ever again be held or arrested in the rest of the way.

Was normal to see during the entire road, pick-ups with military and armed police to go through us. A scenario somehow intimidating.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

We slept in Yei where we stayed in the police compound. In the morning we traveled towards the border but we almost had to turn back. On the way we found an African NGO 4×4 with a lady from the Congo, that said the road would be better later on so we could pass with a normal 2WD van. We gained strength again and keep on driving to the border.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

The police in Yei were nearly all drunk, but their sympathy was undeniable. They helped us to register with the police and gave us a place to park the van and sleep. Very strange was that there were some prisoners that began to speak English with us and said “please help us because we’re stuck here without a reason”. No comment on that situation.

The night was very strange and we had the impression of being in a very very insecure place, due to the attitude of some police and the general atmosphere and energy of Yei.

The road to the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was done through jungle dirt road full of potholes and mud, and a beautiful landscape with houses of straw and mud.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

Along the way there are lots of people carrying things on the road from village to village, all on foot or motorbike taxi.

Later we reached the small village of Lasu, exit village of South Sudan, where we stamped our passports out.

They asked us 100 pounds, but I bargained for 10 pounds.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

The guy who deals with passports and stamps is very young and friendly – very nice guy. But, while we were there it was an odd situation because there was a mentally retarded young boy yelling a lot at all the time.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

We went to the Sudanese military for verification of the van. We left South Sudan and crossed the “no man’s land” through the jungle and bushes by the entrance gate in the border area of the DRC. You can see below a photograph of the sign of the Congo border.

Road from Juba to border with DR Congo

I have on this website photos of all the road from Juba to the Congo border. Search under South Sudan to open access to all my travel pages.

Map of my trip in Southern Sudan

You can see on this map the road that I talk about in this article. It is the road marked in red from Juba in South Sudan to Aba in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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