Nimule is an out of the way place in South Sudan. You won't find traditional hotels or tourist areas. It's a small town in an out-of-the-way district. There are numerous refugee camps still functioning... and endless despair to match the infinite huts full of people.
From Kampala: To get in Nimule take the bus from Kampala to Juba. Nile Coach runs a daily service from Kampala (near Gateway bus in the city centre), departing at 03:00 AM with an overnight stop in Yumbe, arriving in Nimule the next morning. A second option is to take a bus to Gulu and arrange further transport to nimule from there, but because of recent floodings in northern Uganda the road between Gulu and Nimule is terrible.
From Juba: Take the Juba to Kampala Nile Coach or a local Minibus (4-6 hours)
Update: The Juba to Nimule portion takes 3-4 hours, but is improving with the USAID reconstruction and paving of the road. When paving is complete, the bus may take 2.5-3 hours. The Nimule to Kampala portion is largely unchanged: 8+ hours southbound and 10-12 hours northbound (because of delays at the border.)
NOTE: You can get a Sudan Visa (northbound) for $50 at the border. No passport photos required. Disregard the process described on the US State Dept. and Sudan government websites.
The Sudan-owned bus (LOL) leaves daily about 9:00 pm from the same bus station.
Coming soon tours to this park by www.bahr-el-jebel-safaris.com
Uganda's beers and spirits are the tradition of the day. (South?) Sudanese forces enjoy good refreshment from imported drinks, the soft like coca cola products, Pepsi cola, fruit juice like mango juice and packet milk. This makes the drinking business complete.
- Unity Lodge, 200 meters from the border. The place is OK, the manager is a bit strange, he may want to check your luggage for weapons.
- Juba Lodge, in the town center. Some like the place better than Unity lodge, friendly staff and food available.
- Horizon Guest Houst, at the main road just outside Nimule city and just before Paradise hotel. You pay 100SSP for one room (2persons) including breakfast. It is a clean bed with muskito net, bathroom is fine (not too good), fans, power from around 7pm and 1am. The manager is friendly. Tel: +211995092533.
Several new hotels recently:
- Horizon Guest View Hotel: On the Nimule-Juba road, north of downtown Nimule. Self-contained bath. Electricity and water provided from sundown to 11 pm. Well kept, secure, about US$50 per night for a double bed. A rooster in the courtyard sometimes calls for dawn about 4:15 am. He is answered by another rooster with a bad voice!
Another (didn't get the name) adjacent to Horizon View: similar to Horizon View.