Ethnic expedition to 5 undiscovered tribes of the world's newest country: Mundari, Toposa, Jiye, Larim and Lotuko

SOUTH SUDAN


UPON REQUEST. Possible dates:
January 29th to February 9th, 2019 or
December 14th to 25th, 2019.
Tour to South Sudan

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travel to South Sudan
We invite you to join the ethnographic route to discover some of Africa's most traditional tribes. South Sudan is Africa's newest country and it has not yet been discovered by tourism.
We will bring adventurous travelers to the virgin territory of Mundari cattle herders, the tallest people on Earth, who still live in the Stone Age on the banks of mighty White Nile river in full unity with their livestock, and discover four other traditional tribes hidden in the hills of Eastern Equatoria state.

Tour to South Sudan. We invite you to join the ethnographic route to discover some of Africa's most traditional tribes. South Sudan is Africa's newest country and it has not yet been discovered by tourism.
We will bring adventurous travelers to the virgin territory of Mundari cattle herders, the tallest people on Earth, who still live in the Stone Age on the banks of mighty White Nile in full unity with their livestock, as well as to four other traditional tribes hidden in the hills of Eastern Equatoria state.

SHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: UPON REQUEST.
Possible dates:
- January 29th to February 9th, 2019 or
- December 14th to 25th, 2019
- your dates within December to April period


Duration: 12 days/11 nights

Cost per person: EUR 3500 subject to 11 participants.

Everything is included (incl. domestic flight and Full Board meals) except for:
- international flight to Juba,
- international medical insurance,
- visa of South Sudan (visa on arrival in the airport at USD 120).
Estimated cost of international flight Moscow – Juba – Moscow: EUR 800 – 900 (to be purchased by your own).

Single supplement: 650 EUR per person. It is provided along the whole route (in hotels, bungalows and tents).




TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO SOUTH SUDAN
Day 1. ARRIVAL IN JUBA

Arrive by air in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the youngest country on Earth. Obtaining visa upon arrival at the airport. The guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel Royal Palace. Arrange travel permits (stamp in passport). The rest of the day is free to relax or explore.
Dinner and overnight in hotel Royal Palace.
Meals: lunch (if needed), dinner
Accommodation: hotel Royal Palace in Juba


Day 2. JUBA – KAPOETA

In the morning, after breakfast, transfer to the airport. Domestic flight to Kapoeta (2 hours flight), to the eastern part of the country. Kapoeta is an ideal base to explore Toposa tribal territory.
The Toposa are Turkana speaking cattle rearing people that have resisted western influence to this date. Toposa have traditionally lived by herding cattle, sheep and goats, and in the past were involved in the ivory trade. They have a tradition of constant warfare, usually cattle raids, against their neighbors.
Depending on arrival time, we can visit the first Toposa tribal village.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Mango camp (simple bungalows with shower and toilet en-suite)


Days 3 – 4. KAPOETA. TOPOSA AND JIYE TRIBES

Two full days to explore Toposa and Jiye tribal villages.
The Toposa and Jye belong to what has been called the "Karamojong cluster", which also includes the Karamojong people of Uganda, the Nyangatom people in south western Ethiopia and the Turkana people of Kenya.
The Toposa economy and social life revolves around herding livestock, including cattle, camels, donkeys, goats and sheep. Boys are first given care of goats and sheep, then graduate to looking after cattle when they come of age. Possession of cattle, along with possession of a loaded gun, are the main measures of status and wealth. Cattle are central to Toposa culture. The Toposa have always competed for water and pasturage with their neighbors, and have always engaged in cattle rustling. The Toposa also pan for gold and other precious minerals in the stream beds.
Both Toposa and Jiye tribes continue to dress in their traditional clothes (leather-beaded skirts) and pierce their lips and scarify their arms, chests, and faces. Each scarification is a work of art.
Visit different communities and enjoy the intense welcome dances.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents (day 3) and Mango camp (day 4)


Day 5. KAPOETA – BOYA HILLS. LARIM TRIBE

After breakfast drive (2 hours) to Boya Hills to meet the Larim (Boya) tribal minority.
Larim speak Murle and are excellent architects. They also pierce their nose and lips and scarify their bodies. Larim keep cattle and grow seasonal crops, such as sorghum, maize and beans. Widowed women wrap vegetable cords around their legs and head. Larim is considered one of South Sudan's most traditional groups.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 6. BOYA HILLS – ILIEU KINGDOM. LOTUKO TRIBE

After breakfast drive (4 hours) to mountain kingdom of Ilieu ruled by a priest-king. Interesting 14th Century stone walls. Explore the village and meet the Lotuko people.
Lotuko people are a Nilotic ethnic group that populates the region characterized by ranges and mountain spurs such as the Imotong mountain, the highest mountain in South Sudan.
As agro-pastoralists, they keep large herds of cattle, sheep and goats, and supplement this with hoe-farming, hunting, and fishing. Land is owned by no single person, but in trust by the community. In the mountains, after finding a site, the group decides the boundaries of each person's garden, with certain areas being fallow for a number of years.
Lotuko's religion is based on nature and ancestor worship that is deeply rooted in their ethnic identity.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 7. ILIEU KINGDOM – TORIT

Breakfast. After last visits around the village, farewell from the mountain kingdom and drive (2 hours) to the town of Torit. En route we can see the local life.
Check-in at Torit Hotel. Dinner in Northern Sudanese restaurant on the main colonial street.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Torit hotel


Day 8. TORIT – JUBA

After breakfast long drive (8 hours) to Juba. En route stops in town, such as Liria. Reach Juba and check-in in the hotel.
Dinner in Da Vinci restaurant with nice views over Nile River and old metal bridge (the only place in Juba to take pictures of the Nile).
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: hotel Royal Palace


Day 9. JUBA – TERAKEKA

Breakfast and drive by 4x4 vehicles to the South Sudanese bush. 4 hours drive to Mundari tribal territory. Reaching Terakeka, regional capital, walk around the market to meet the first Mundari tribal people. After having checked with the local authorities drive to a cattle camp to spend the night.
Full day to see aspects of the Mundari daily lifestyle.
Mundari are a small ethnic group related to the Nilotic peoples. Mundari, together with neighboring Dinka people, are sometimes noted for their height. With the Tutsi of Rwanda, they are believed to be the tallest people in Africa.
The traditional Mundari tribal lands are located roughly 75 kilometers north of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and are centered on the town of Terekeka in the state of Central Equatoria. The land, like much of South Sudan, is predominantly flat and marked by occasional isolated large hills. The low-lying land contains many rivers and lakes and provides a very fertile basis in support of cattle grazing.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Days 10 – 11. TERAKEKA. MUNDARI TRIBE CATTLE CAMPS

Two full days we stay with Mundari tribe. We will set the camp on one side of White Nile river and by small canoes cross the river to other side and to the islands. We will also follow the nomads with their cattle.
Visit the camp and small Mundari villages where facial and body scarification are still practiced to this day. Mundari villages are also interesting because of vernacular architecture: huts, black and white totems, and granaries beautifully built.
The Mundari, like other nilotic tribes, are very cattle-oriented: cattle serves as food, a form of currency and a mark of status. Marriages are arranged by the prospective groom offering cattle to the bride's family and husbands may take as many wives as they can support. The Mundari engage in perennial cattle raiding wars with the neighboring Dinka during the dry season. In order to secure their cattle, Mundari men at night take their weapons and go to the bush.
Mundari have kept alive animistic religion while the neighboring Dinka have lost most this traditional ways due to war and conversion to Christianity.
In common with other nilotic tribes in Sudan, the Mundari practice ritual scarification as a rite of passage into adulthood for young men. The typical Mundari scar pattern consists of two sets of three parallel lines, each on either side of the forehead, extending in a downward slope and unconnected in the middle.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 12. TERAKEKA – JUBA – FLIGHT HOME

Breakfast and farewell from Mundari land. Last pictures of the landscape: forested savannah and the mighty White Nile river. Drive to Terakeka and further to Juba.
Afternoon to relax at the hotel (Day use hotel). At the arranged time transfer to the airport, trying to be at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled departure time. Flight back home.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: day use hotel


* The order of visits and excursions can be modified according to local conditions (i.e. state of roads, market days etc.). If some visits and/or tours could not be done due to external conditions, they will be replaced when possible.
Cost includes:

  • Domestic flight Juba – Kapoeta
  • All transport, transfers to and from the airport
  • SUV vehicles in good condition with working air conditioner, with experienced driver and fuel (maximum 3 people + driver in one car)
  • Accommodation in hotels, camps (bungalows) and tents, based on twin accommodation
  • Camping gear
  • Full board meals along the whole route, prepared by experienced cook during the expedition days and in restaurants/cafes in the cities
  • Drinking water along the whole route, incl.in the cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • All permissions and police papers
  • Visiting tribes and excursions, all payments to the tribes
  • Visa support


To be addidionally (personally) paid:

  • International air ticket to Juba (roundtrip)
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa on arrival at the airport (USD 120)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tipping guides and drivers



To take with:

• sets of clothes suitable for the weather conditions, including lightweight clothes (shorts, T-shorts), and warm clothes (hoody, light jacket), long sleeve clothes
• sun hat/panama
• swimwear
• raincoat
• comfortable trekking footwear, light footwear (sneakers)
• sleeping bag for warm weather
• tourist mattress (up to you)
• mosquito net
• personal hygiene items
• individual medical kit (analgetic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydron, court plaster, your personal medications)
• anti malaria prevention pills (up to you)
• sunblock set (cream, spray)
• repellents
• sunglasses
• big backpack for stuff
• small backpack for radial walks (25 – 30 L)
• headlamp
• favorite meals (chocolate, nuts)
• photo and video camera, extra batteries
• optional donations for tribal people: anti malaria drugs, anti-septic spirit, cotton wool, eye drops, traditional tobacco (can be bought in Juba), plastic or ceramic beads for body decoration & string
KEY FEATURES:

TOUR TO SOUTH SUDAN
South Sudan

Best season: December - April



Discover virgin territory of Mundari cattle herders, the tallest people on Earth, who still live in the Stone Age on the banks of mighty White Nile river in full unity with their livestock. They are famous for their numerous cow herds, kept with Kalashnikov guns, and elaborative vernacular architecture.

Explore Toposa and Jiye tribal villages – the most authentic tribes of "Karamojong cluster", which also includes the Karamojong people of Uganda, the Nyangatom people in south western Ethiopia and the Turkana people of Kenya.

Larim tribe populated Boya Hills area – one of South Sudan's most traditional groups, who still practice nose and lips piercing.

Mountain kingdom of Ilieu ruled by a priest-king, and Lotuko tribe in the mountainous region with Imotong mountain, the highest mountain in South Sudan.

Living in the cattle herders camp following nomads in the swamps of White Nile river, by small canoes crossing the river and reaching the surrounding islands.

The world's newest country!



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