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South Sudan - Land of the Cattle Herders

South Sudan - Land of the Cattle Herders 1880 , 9 Days
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No doubt that South Sudan is one of the most challenging destinations for the intrepid traveler.
This is worlds newest nation, founded in 2011 and probably Africa's least visited country.
In South Sudan you will not find traditional “sights”. In fact, for most of the country, you will not find traditional roads either. What you will find though is ancient cultural rituals, a myriad of colorful local tribes and raw natural beauty.
The country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. It’s the world’s newest nation and is still visited by very few travelers yearly.
During this tour we will explore the growing capital of Juba and the Sudd – Africa’s largest wetland. The highlight of the tour, however, is the time spent with the local Dinka and Mundari people – the legendary cattle herders of South Sudan. They are known for their outstanding pastoral lifestyle and the special bond they have with their cattle. We will spend a few days with them and see firsthand how this bond is expressed in their everyday life, in the culture, the language and even their gestures. Another thing that Mundari are taking very seriously is wrestling. They pride themselves in being excellent wrestlers and if we are lucky, we might witness their daily competitions.

Tour highlights:

Juba - capital and largest city in South Sudan
♦ The Sudd - Africa's largest wetland
♦ The unique culture of the Dinka and Mundari people


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival
Transfer to our hotel for overnight. -/-/-

Day 2. Juba
City tour in Juba. The city is situated on the east side of the White Nile (Bahr al Jabal River) at the southern extent of the Sudd, South Sudan's vast central wetlands. The tour includes the Presidential Palace, John Garang Mausoleum and Jubek Tomb. B/-/-

Day 3. Juba-Terekeka
A 4-hour drive to Terekeka, a centre of the Mundari people. Here we meet the Mundari, a traditional ethnic group known for their facial scarring and traditional rituals. Overnight camping. B/L/D

Day 4. Terekeka - Juba
We spend the morning in a Mundari village, exploring the fascinating culture and customs before we drive back to Juba. B/L/-

Day 5. Juba – Bor
Today we head to te North along the Nile reaching Bor in the afternoon. Bor is located on the site of a fishing village on the White Nile (Bahr al Jabal River), where an ivory-and-slave trading depot was established in the 1860s. It is the administrative centre if the Dinka tribes. The Dinka are pastoralists, moving their herds of cattle to riverine pastures during the dry season (December to April) and back to permanent settlements in savanna forest during the rains, when their food crops, principally millet, are grown. A large number of Dinka people have converted to Christianity and are learning how to adapt or reject ancient religious practices and rituals to match Christian teachings. Overnight in a hotel in Bor. B/L/D

Day 6-7: Dinka Cattle Camps and the Sudd
A full day spent with the Dinka, exploring their fascinating customs and everyday life.  On the second day we take a trip outside the city to see the Sudd. The Sudd (as-Sudd or al-Sudd) is a vast swamp, formed by the White Nile's Baḥr al-Jabal section. The Arabic word sudd is derived from sadd (سد), meaning "barrier" or "obstruction".The area which the swamp covers is one of the world's largest wetlands and the largest freshwater wetland in the Nile basin. Its size is highly variable, averaging over 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) . During the wet season it may extend to over 130,000 square kilometers. Two nights in a hotel in Bor. B/L/D

Day 8. Bor - Juba
Drive back to Juba to spend the last night. Hotel B/L/-

Day 9. Departure


Price Includes:
7 nights simple hotels/lodges in rooms with private facilities
one night camping
all meals acc. itinerary
local English-speaking guide
all ground transport and and airport transfers
Penguin tour leader (at min. 8)
registration fee and entrance fees

Not Included:
tips
personal expenses
photo permit 150 USD (to be paid on the spot)
visa fees


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South Sudan - Land of the Cattle Herders (Rated 4.87 / 5 Based on 8 Reviews.)
Price
1880 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
280 EUR
Status
Guaranteed departure
Price
1880 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
280 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
8-12
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