Not for the faint-hearted, this year YPT brings its most valued returning customers to nowhere else than the world’s youngest nation: South Sudan. Independent since 2011, after years of war against the government of Sudan, our newest country is one of the most ethnically diverse in the world. But its tourism industry is at a barely nascent state, and you can’t pioneer more then that!
If any travellers do make it to South Sudan they usually only stay in Juba for one or two days and then leave, having “been to” South Sudan. But we offer more then that and bring you a genuine South Sudanese experience by getting out of the very strictly controlled Juba and visiting not one but three ethnic communities of South Sudan. This trip will give you more than a glimpse of the country but also offer you much more freedom than you would have with a simple trip to Juba, where photos are strictly not allowed. We can expect incredible encounters with warm locals and to see things very few have seen.
Our trip starts with a full tour of the strange boom-town capital that is Juba. We will take in its limited sites but also witness the full melting-pot of cultures that is South Sudan.
Our trip then takes us to the incredible Mundari tribes, herders who literally live in the wild in symbiosis with their cattle. They are unmistakable by the fact that they cover their whole body in chalk-like makeup, making them look like ghosts. After visiting the Mundari, we will visit of the Dinka, which are a majority in South Sudan and nicknamed the tallest people in the world. The Dinka’s contribution to the struggle for independence was enormous, and here too we will spend a day mingling with them and truly seeing what their life is like.
This year for the first time, this tour extends even deeper into South Sudan this time, with Group B taking you to Latuko and Boya tribes camp. While the Dinkas and Mundaris are cattle herders living in the plains, Latuko and Boyas have radically different lifestyle, living in the mountains.
YPT’s South Sudan tour follows directly from our tour of Sudan and both can be combine in our Whole of the Sudans Combo tour, with a Darfur prequel extension in the making!
Only 12 spots are available on this tour according for logistical and infrastructural reasons. Make sure not to be left out! Book now!
50% of the tour fee should be paid up to 90 days before the tour and the remainder paid no less than 30 days before the tour
Arrival in Juba at your convenience. Our local partners will greet you as you leave the plane and walk you through immigration procedures. Those coming from Sudan will arrive around 11 am.
For those who arrive early or the day before, we will spend the 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.
Our next stop in our Juba city tour 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.
Lunch at the Da Vinci Lodge
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 Royal Palace Hotel, or similar
Tuesday November 24th – Mundari Villages
After a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we head out of Juba to Terekeka, four hours away.
Upon arrival, we head out for our compulsory visit to the state government authorities. Although they will have been told of our arrival well in advance, they really do not get visitors often and will be extremely interested in meeting us.
Lunch of local South Sudanese food
We arrive at a Mundari cattle camp, where we will spend the night.
The evening is a great time to get our cameras out and take photos of the cattle herders, in their ghastly make up, coming back from grazing.
Dinner mingling with the Mundari
Overnight camping in a Mundari Village
Wednesday 25th November – Mundari Cattle Camp
Wake up early to catch sight of dawn and the sunrise over the plains of South Sudan.
We’ll then get an opportunity to see how the Mundari people wake up with their cattle, truly living in symbiosis with the animals. For Mundari, cows are more important than anything, they provide food and milk but are also the most common currency and status symbol amongst members of the tribe.
We will get to see the, erm, highly “interesting’’ way Mundari milk cows by increasing pressure in the animal by blowing air into… well, you’ll have to come to know!
We then head to Nyikabor village another Mundari.
We have lunch in Nyikabor village made up of traditional South Sudanese fare.
TRIP HIGHLIGHT – Our afternoon and evening will be made up of visiting this traditional village being shown around by the Mundari, who will introduce us to their lifestyle which couldn’t be any more different then what you are used to at home! Extremely few people have been here with this tribe.
As we are out of Juba, we can get our cameras out and take memorable photos
Dinner in Nyikabor village
Overnight in camping tents within Nyikabor village
Thursday 26th November – Juba
After breakfast, it is already time to bid farewell to the Mundaris with whom we have spent the last two days in order to see more of the country and drive back to Juba
Arrival in Juba around lunch time
The afternoon is there to allow you to enjoy the nice facilities of the hotel and relax from the last camping days as well as catch up with the world by using the WIFI. The most adventurous amongst us can also explore more of Juba.
Dinner at Royal Palace Hotel
Tonight, we sample Juba’s nightlife by heading to Bedouin Lodge, a popular outdoor club for the locals
Overnight in Juba, Royal Palace Hotel or similar
Friday 27th November – Dinka Cattle Camps
After our breakfast at the hotel, we will drive for at least four hours to a Dinka cattle camp along the eastern bank of the Nile.
Here, we will be able to spot the differences in culture and cattle husbandry between Dinkas and Mundaris. The Dinkas are nicknamed the World’s tallest people, and you’ll quickly see why.
We have lunch in the camp
The afternoon is spent interacting with the Dinka as they come back from grazing.
Dinner at the camp alongside the Dinka
Overnight camping in the cattle camp.
Saturday 28th November – Dinka Cattle Camps
After breakfast, we head out to learn more about the everyday routine of the Dinka people.
It is time for us to head back to Juba, we stop at the village of Bangachorot, famous for its beauty and location.
We stop to eat our packed lunch in Mangalla.
We stop by Pan Wel to find out remainders of the civil war, in the form of tank ruins!
Arrival in Juba, where we check in at Royal Palace Hotel
Dinner at the AFEX camp, absolutely the best restaurant in the country with gorgeous riverside views
Overnight in Royal Palace Hotel, or similar
Sunday 29th November – Juba/Torit END OF GROUP A
For people of GROUP A: Airport drop-offs according to each and everyone’s flights. End of trip, with YPT able to arrange everything in the region from flights, transportation and tours in Africa and beyond.
For GROUP B, we leave for Torit town in the early morning. The drive to Torit, at best, can take us 5 hours.
City tour of Torit Town, seeing how life happens were extremely few foreigners have been!
Dinner at Torit Hotel.
Overnight in Torit Hotel
Monday 30th November – Illieu village on Imatong Mountain
Today we will take what should be a three hour drive to the Latuko village of Illieu which is strategically built on a hilltop.
The villagers are Latuko-speaking people with a complex socio-political system based on age groups which shall be explained to us by our guide. We will tour the village after which the chef will have prepared our lunch.
We will take a short break after lunch before we resume the tour of the village.
The day will be spent interacting with the Latuko people.
Dinner cooked for us at our camp by the village
In the evening, we will get to spectate traditional Latuko dances and listen to their music
Tuesday 1st December – Camp 15
This morning we will leave our new Latuko friends of Illeu village and travel to Boya/Larim village at camp 15. The area is inhabited by the Boya/Larim tribe. Here you will be amazed by the architecture the Boya people are renowned for, consisting of grass thatched huts. While Mundaris are known for facial scarifications, the Boya are renowned for an abundance of both body and facial scarification among others as well as the ornaments and attire worn uniquely by them.
Lunch upon our arrival at camp 15
The afternoon will be spent in the village where locals will introduce us to their way of life.
Dinner at Camp 15
Wednesday 2nd December : Boya Hills – Kapoeta
Today we leave the Boya hills behind a head to our last stop, Kapoeta town. Located on a hilltop, Kapoeta is home to the Toposa tribe.
There, amongst many other spectacular things, we will see how the women of the tribe carry water from down the hill up to the village on their head.
In our day dedicated to Kapoeta, will go for a full village and market tour.
Check in at Mango Camp today, which has WIFI and showers. A treat after all this camping!
Thursday 3rd December: Kapoeta/Juba
After a good breakfast at Mango camp we head out to benefit of the morning light and take stunning photos of the Toposa villages as they slowly come alive.
We then head to Kapoeta airstrip (which can’t really be called an airport just now, similar to what Juba airport was a couple of years ago) for an incredible aviation experience as we’ll check in from a tent straight into a plane.
We fly to Juba.
Check-in at Royal Palace Hotel were we can enjoy the well-earned luxury of this nice and new hotel.
Lunch at La Corte Tuscana Hotel.
The afternoon is left free to visit sights in Juba related to everyone’s interest such as, for example, the Youth Culture Club, where young people take all kinds of parascholar activities or Juba university to mingle with some fresh intellectuals.
Dinner at Afex Camp.
Overnight at Royal Palace Hotel (or similar).
Friday 4th December
Breakfast in Royal Palace Hotel
End of tour with airport pickup organised according to each and everyone’s flight details. YPT can arrange other tours, accommodation and transportation in Africa and beyond!
-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)
-Domestic Flight from Kapoeta to Juba
-Visa fees ($100)
-Single supplement (on hotel nights: $240/$300)
-Drinks and meals in Juba
-Tribute to the tribes we visit (to purchase animal medicine, amount discretionary)
-Camera permit (+$100 per extra camera)
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