Aligned with YPT’s mission of making off-the-wall destinations and incredible experiences affordable and accessible to most young-at-heart adventurers, here is our South Sudan Essentials Budget Tour!
South Sudan has always been a country that is hard to navigate. It is not always safe outside of the capital for those who do not know where the thread, the roads are a nightmare and things are expensive. However, that is not a reason to snob the countryside of the country and stick to Juba (which would be a shame!) So we have decided to offer tours that bring you outside of Juba, through amazing East-African sceneries and interacting up close with tribes which have safeguarded their unique way of life. We started by offering our South Sudan Tour. But, realizing that not everyone can afford that sort of price, or take the time off, we are now offering a budget tour of South Sudan at an unbeatable price.
During this short and sweet tour, you’ll get the full city tour of Juba and then will drive out of the capital with our expert team and head out to camp and live among the Mundari. This is where things get unreal, if you’ve seen photos of the Mundaris, you probably know how photogenic, dreamy and intense the atmosphere of their cattle camp is.
All of it was done over a couple of days, right before our tour of Socotra!
Only 14 spots are available on this tour according to logistical and infrastructural reasons. Make sure not to be left out! Book now!
For those who arrive early or the day before, we will spend our morning in South Sudan’s biggest market: Konyo Konyo. It is an incredible place where the immense ethnic diversity of South Sudan can be witnessed. The market is a real myriad of different traditional dresses, tattoos and body scarifications like non other in the world.
Lunch at the Da Vinci Lodge
In the afternoon, we will head on a city tour of Juba city tour. Our first stop is the Presidential Palace, the residence of South Sudan’s colourful leader, the man with a cowboy hat, Salva Kiir Mayardit
We then head to John Garang Mausoleum. John Garang is famous for leading the revolution but also promoting the concept of Sudanism, where all Sudanese should go beyond the divisions (animists, christians, muslims, arabs, blacks) but instead embrace all cultures of South Sudan and unify under the fact that they are all Sudanese.
Our next stop is Jubek Tomb, the tomb of the man after whom Juba was named. Jubek is one of the most important figure of the Bari people and his history is linked to lots of underlying tensions.
If time allows it, our guide will also show us very local places, such as the Youth Culture Club or Juba University where you’ll be able to interact with South Sudanese in the midst of their daily life and hobbies.
We finish our city tour with a stop by the craft market for those who would like to bring back souvenir of one of the least visited countries in the world!
Dinner and drinks by the Nile at the AFEX camp.
Overnight at Quality Hotel, or similar
Saturday 13th March – Mundari Camp
Today, we depart early for the Mundari camp, which is about 4 hours from Juba.
Lunch at Naivasha Restaurant in Terekeka village, a Mundari settlement. Terekeka is already a world apart from Juba, and we’ll go for a stroll around its market. Here, attitudes related to photos are much more relaxed than in Juba!
We then continue towards the Mundari settlement, where we will introduce ourselves to the village chief so that we are granted access to the tribe.
TRIP HIGHLIGHT – By sunset, the herders will come back with their cattle in masses and start attaching them for the night. The mist created by the smoke the Mundari deploy to repel mosquitoes will create a unique atmosphere and this is truly what you came for!
Dinner prepared by our cook
Evening of games with the Mundari
Sunday 14th March – Terekeka/Juba
Make sure you wake up early to make sure to catch the boy herders as they wake up amongst their cattle and start cleaning them and getting on with their chores. Along with sunset, this is the most active time of the day for the cattle camp.
Once we’ve witnessed the various chores of the morning, we’ll head out for a walk a visit the permanent installations neighbouring the cattle camp. We shall see granaries, the local school, dispensary and the nearby water point.
Back to our campsite, our cook will have prepared lunch for us
After lunch, it is already time to head back to Juba
Arrival in Juba around dinner time. First, we’ll check-into our hotel and freshen up from last night’s camping.
It is already time for our farewell dinner so we’ll finish the tour with a proper send-off making use of Juba’s nightlife
Overnight at Quality Hotel, or similar.
Monday 15th March
After breakfast, those who have later flight can use this day to explore some more of Juba according to their internet.
Airport drop-off will be arranged according to everyone’s flight
End of Tour, with YPT able to arrange all sorts of experiences, accommodation and transportation around Africa. Or fly onward to Egypt to meet our group heading on our Socotra Island Yemen Tour.
-Transportation to complete the itinerary
-Breakfasts and meals outside Juba
-YPT Tour leader and local English-speaking guide
-Accommodation on a twin-share basis
-Entry Permit (for visa on arrival) and all required permits for travel
– Camera permit for 1 camera body (phones do not count)
-Visa fees ($100)
-Single supplement (on hotel nights: $100)
-Drinks and meals in Juba
-Tribute to the tribes we visit (to purchase animal medicine, amount discretionary)
-Camera permit (+$100 per extra camera)
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.