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. After years of war against the government of Sudan, South Sudan is one of the most ethnically diverse in the world. Its tourism industry is at a barely nascent state, thankfully Pioneer is our middle name!
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.
Now for any travellers that have previously made it to South Sudan this is usually all they’ll see. From our vast experience, Juba is not South Sudan. Our tour allows you to experience the genuine South Sudan by heading out of the very strictly controlled capital and visiting not one but three ethnic communities with the freedom to interact, photograph and learn directly from the locals. This is only what a very few amount of visitors experience.
You’ll journey with us to the incredible Mundari tribes – herders who literally live in the wild in symbiosis with their cattle. They are unmistakable as they cover their whole body in chalk-like makeup, making them appear as ghosts. We will then join the Dinkas, who are known for being the tallest people in the world. The Dinkas 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, our tour extends further deeper into South Sudan, with our Group B option 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 Sudan & South Sudan Combo Tour. Make the most out of your visit to Africa and combine all tours!
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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). Group members arriving from our Sudan tour will touchdown in Juba at 11:00am.
Pre-tour meeting will be held at the lobby of the Royal Palace 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 the Royal Palace Hotel
Tuesday 23rd November – Mundari Villages
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
Wednesday 24th November – Mundari Cattle Camp
We recommend waking up early to see how the Mundari people wake their cattle up, truly living in symbiosis with the animals. For Mundari, cows are the most important possession as the cows provide meat and milk for the tribe but are also used as currency and as a status symbol amongst other members of the tribe.
The milking process of the cow is rather unique as the Mundari technique involves adding pressure into the backend of the cow by blowing air into the cow’s… well, you’ll have to see it to believe it.
Begin our drive to Nyikabor village to visit another Mundari tribe where we’ll have lunch prepared for us in a traditional South Sudanese way.
We’ll spend this afternoon and evening being shown around by the Mundari people, introduced to their families, have local rituals and their traditions explained to us, and to get to know the villagers as their particular lifestyle could not be any different than what you are used to back home let alone nearby tribes. What makes this opportunity unique is that very few visitors have been introduced to this tribe. Photos are permitted by the tribespeople.
Dinner by the campfire and overnight in tents at Nyikabor village
Thursday 25th November – Juba
Breakfast by the campfire and the time has come to bid farewell to the Mundaris with whom we have spent the last two days with.
Begin car journey back to Juba where we’ll expect to arrive around late afternoon
Once arriving in Juba we’ll check into the Royal Palace Hotel so you may freshen up, use the WiFi, grab a cold one from the bar, or explore more of Juba.
Dinner and drinks at Royal Palace Hotel
Later in the evening we’ll further elore Juba’s nightlife by heading to Bedouin Lodge, a popular outdoor club for the locals
Overnight at Royal Palace Hotel
Friday 26th November – Dinka Cattle Camps
Breakfast at the hotel and begin our journey to Dinka Cattle Camp along the eastern bank of the Nile (4 hours)
Once arriving you’ll begin to notice the vast differences in culture and cattle husbandry between the Dinkas and the Mundaris. Once noticeable difference is the height of the Dinkas as they are known as the World’s tallest people.
Lunch by the campfire
Here we’ll have another special opportunity to be introduced and mingle with the tribespeople. Later in the afternoon the farmers will return with their cattle after grazing.
Dinner at the camp alongside the Dinkas
Overnight camping at the cattle camp.
Saturday 27th November – Juba
Breakfast by the campfire
Feel free to assist our new friends with any chores you see fit and learn more about their daily routines.
Begin our drive back to Juba and stop by the village of Bangachorot – famous for its beauty and location.
We’ll arrive in Mangalla and stop to eat our packed lunch
Continue on and make a stop at Pan Wel to explore abandoned and ruined tanks for the civil war.
Arrive in Juba and check back into the Royal Palace Hotel
Dinner at the AFEX camp, absolutely the best restaurant in the country with stunning riverside views.
Overnight at Royal Palace Hotel
Sunday 28th November – Juba – Torit
Breakfast at hotel
Group A members: 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 B members: depart east for Torit town on a 5 hour journey
We’ll stop for a packed picnic lunch on the way
Arrive in Torit and explore this rarely visited town
Dinner, drinks and overnight at Torit Hotel
Monday 29th November – Illieu village on Imatong Mountain
Breakfast at hotel and continue driving 3 hours to the Latuko village of Illieu which is strategically built on top of a hill.
The villagers are Latuko-speaking people with a complex socio-political system based on age groups which will further be explained to you by our local guide. We’ll tour the village which the chef will have prepared our special arrival lunch.
We’ll spend the afternoon interacting and learning more about the Latukos
Dinner will be prepared for us and we’ll partake in traditional Latuko dances with their traditional music.
Tuesday 30th November – Camp 15
Breakfast by the campfire and bid farewell to our new Latuko friends of Illeu village as we continue our journey onto 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 scarification, 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
We take time this afternoon to meet the locals as they The afternoon will be spent in the village where locals will introduce us to their way of life.
Dinner and overnight at Camp 15
Wednesday 1st December : Boya Hills – Kapoeta
Breakfast by the campfire and head on to Boya Hills and onto our last stop – Kapoeta town. Located on a hilltop, Kapoeta is home to the Toposa tribe.
One of the most common sights is seeing how the women of the tribe carry water from below the hill up to the village whilst balancing it on their heads.
In our day dedicated to Kapoeta, will go for a full village and market tour.
We’ll check in at the Mango Camp, which has WiFi and showers. A treat after all this camping!
Thursday 2nd December: Kapoeta – Juba
Wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise over the Toposa Villages
Breakfast at Mango Camp and head to Kapoeta airstrip – not your average airport as we check into our flight in a tent to board our plane to Juba. Probably the easiest check-in and boarding process you’ll ever experience.
Arrive into Juba and check back into our trust Royal Palace Hotel for hot showers and a cold drink.
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 activities or Juba university to mingle with some fresh intellectuals.
Dinner at Afex Camp
Overnight at Royal Palace Hotel
Friday 3rd December
Breakfast in Royal Palace 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.
-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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