South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 earning the title of the world’s newest country and capturing attention from all travellers around the world. We’ve designed our South Sudan Budget tour aligned with our ethos of making off the beaten path’ destinations affordable and accessible to you.
Your journey starts in Juba, the capital of the young nation, where you’ll visit the Presidential Palace, explore the Jubek Tomb, meet the students of Juba University, wander the largest market in the country where you’ll encounter many different traditional dresses, tattoos and body scarifications and overnight to experience what the nightlife has to offer.
South Sudan may have one of Africa’s most horrible road conditions we’ve ever experienced but nothing that’ll stop our 4WDs. We’ll begin our road trip to a rural settlement of the Mundari people – a fascinating tribe that have safeguarded their unique way of life. The locals here are incredibly welcoming and aren’t shy to invite you to join them. If you’ve seen photos of the Mundaris, you’ll probably know how photogenic, dreamy and intense the atmosphere of their cattle camp can be. One of YPT’s favourite highlights in all of Africa.
Due to logistical restraints we can only hold spots up to 12 group members. Be sure not to miss out and join our unbeatable budget tour to South Sudan.
Arrive at your convenience into Juba – the capital city of South Sudan which have flights connected from a few countries within Africa and Dubai (airport transfer included)
Pre-tour meeting will be held at the lobby of Juba Quality Hotel at 9:00am to discuss tour itinerary and to meet your fellow travellers and YPT guide.
Explore Konyo Konyo – South Sudan’s largest market. It is an incredible place where the immense ethnic diversity of South Sudan mix.
Lunch at the Da Vinci Lodge
Visit the Presidential Palace – the residence of South Sudan’s leader, easily recognised with his distinctive cowboy hat, Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Stop by the John Garang Mausoleum – John Garang lead the revolution as well as promoting the concept of Sudanism, an ideology that all Sudanese should go beyond the divisions of the people (Animists, Christianity, Islamic, Arabs, Blacks) and embrace all cultures of South Sudan and unify under one Sudanese.
Explore Jubek Tomb – Jubek is one of the most important figure of the Bari people and his history is linked to lots of underlying tensions. Jubek is highly regarded in the country hence the capital being named after him.
Visit Juba University – founded in 1975 in response to the need for higher education in southern areas of Sudan. Here is a great chance to meet South Sudan’s sharpest students.
Finish up the day by exploring Juba’s Craft Market
Dinner and drinks by the Nile at the AFEX camp
Overnight at Juba Quality Hotel
Saturday 13th March – Juba – Terekeka – Mundari Camp
Breakfast at hotel and early departure from hotel to Mundari camp – approx 4 hour drive
On the way stopping at small villages or for photo opportunities
Stopping for lunch at Naivasha Restaurant located within a Mundari settlement named Terekeka village. Terekeka is already a world apart from Juba, and we’ll go for a stroll around the local market. Locals are more open to photography here than compared to Juba.
Continue onwards to a Mundari settlement where you will be introduced to the village chief so that he personally grant you further access to the local tribe.
Trip highlight – By sunset, the herders will return to the village with their livestock in masses and start preparing them for the evening stay. The mist created by the smoke the Mundari prepare to repel mosquitoes will create a unique atmosphere.
Dinner prepared by our very own cook
Evening of games with the Mundari people
Sunday 14th March – Mundari Camp – Terekeka – Juba
We recommend waking up early to watch or partake the herders preparing their cattle for the day ahead. The morning is always the busiest time of the day for the locals. Feel free to assist with any chores.
Begin a light trek to permanent installations neighbouring the cattle camp. Here we’ll tour granaries, a school, a dispensary and the water station.
Return to our campsite for lunch
Begin car journey back to Juba where we’ll expect to arrive around early evening
Check-in to your hotel room and freshen up
Farewell dinner with our local guides and group members
Explore Juba’s nightlife
Overnight at Juba Quality Hotel
Monday 15th March – Juba
Breakfast at hotel
Tour concludes with airport drop-off arranged according to your flight details – YPT is also able to arrange post-tour accommodation or advice for flights.
Group members of Socotra Island Yemen Tour board flight to Cairo, Egypt to meet the YPT group (flight not included in tour cost)
• Accommodation in twin share basis
• Entry Permit (for visa on arrival) and all required permits for travel
• All transport by airconditioned 4WD
• Breakfast, lunch and campsite dinner
• Entrance fees
• English Speaking local guides and YPT tour leader
• Camera permit for 1 camera body (phones do not count)
• Flights to and from Juba
• Visa fee ($100)
• Single supplement (€100 per night for hotel
• Pre-tour or post-Tour accommodation (€100 per night)
• Drinks and personal spending
• Travel Insurance
• Tribute to the tribes we visit (we recommend purchasing cattle medicine)
• Tips for the local guides and drivers
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.