ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome
An attempted smear campaign against the presently one and only fully licenced safari operator in South Sudan, Bahr el Jebel Safaris, will have less than desired outcomes by the perpetrators it was learned overnight.
Local sources were swift to point out that violators of rules and regulations are known and will be subject to arrest, should they try to once again cross into South Sudan with safari clients or, as has been alleged in one case, cross the border illegally from Uganda’s Kidepo National Park into the adjoining game park in South Sudan.
Bahr el Jebel Safaris was swift to avail a website link where all their current operating permits and licences are shown, when alerted to allegations they were not licenced and the owners more than willing to also send scanned copies to this correspondent for closer inspection.
The company has of late launched a series of close up visits to several of the local South Sudanese tribes to see their customs and cultural practices while at the same time also offering itineraries reaching well into 2017 for visitors from abroad to prebook in good time as spaces are limited due to aircraft sizes and available vehicles and tents in camps.