South Sudan Safari Tours

Amakula African Safaris provides South Sudan holiday safaris and tours that will open your head since they will be fantastic cultures and true traditional African tribe organizations that have existed for decades.

South Sudan, like any newly independent country, is divided into regions, with the Mundari, Toposa, Boya, Jiye, Lutoko, and Dinka being among the traditional ethnic groups one should always visit in Africa.

You will spend time seeing South Sudan villages and meeting ethnic leaders before travelling to the west of Sudan, where you will meet other ethnic groups such as the Boya and Lutuko and learn more about their issues and general well-being.

Finally, we’ll go to the Mundari tribe, who are recognized for their distinctive tribal scarring and frequent village wrestling matches, which we should be able to observe or participate in.

This South Sudan safari/tour or trip may not always be easy because infrastructure is sometimes poor and visitors may not receive the correct image, but keep in mind that this is one of the most fascinating trips that anyone should not miss.

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South Sudan’s tribes

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South Sudan is a true definition of a country with authentic tribes and diverse cultures that our forefathers lived with, not to mention the various journeys to the Lantoto national park tour, Boma national park tour, Southern national park tour, Shambe national park tour, Bandigalo national park tour, and Nimule national park tour. Despite the fact that South Sudan is blessed with numerous national parks, due to weak or insufficient infrastructure in the South Sudan national parks, we recommend that guests visit Uganda, Kenya, or Tanzania for wildlife watching and excellent lodging accommodations. 

South Sudan’s ethnicity is broad and rich. The South Sudanese people are divided into 64 tribes or ethnic groups. Many of these ethnic groups share a shared culture and share cultural elements that are closely linked to intelligible languages, constituting different bigger family units of South Sudanese tribes.

Below are the 64 tribes with the tours of South Sudan:

Dinka(Jieng), Nuer (naath), Acholi, Adio(Makaraka, Aja, Anyuak(Anyuaa), Atuot(Reel), Avukaya, Azande, Bai, Baka, Balanda-Boor, Balanda-Bviri, Banda, Bari, Binga, Bongo, Boya (sometimes called Larim, but this is actually a village of the Boya), Didinga, Dongotona, Falata (Arab Nomads), Feroghe, Gollo, Imatong, Indri, Jiye(Jie), Jur(Beli & Modo), Jurchol(luo), Kakwa, Kara, Keliku, Kuku, Lango, Lokoya, Lopit (Tenet is a village of the Lopit), Lotuka(Otuho)(Logir and Ifoto are villages), Lugbwara, Lulubo, Maban, Madi, Mananger, Mangayat , Moro, Moro Kodo, Mundari, Mundu, Murle, Ndogo, Ngulngule, Nyangatom, Nyangwara, Pari ,Pojullo ,Sere ,Shatt ,Shilluk(Chollo), Suri(Kachipo), Tid, Toposa, Uduk, Woro, Yulu, Lokoro.

Every tribe in South Sudan is so authentic but there is this unique tribe you can`t go minus visiting “THE MUNDARI TRIBE

When you arrive in South Sudan, plan to mix and mingle with the Mundari, a tiny indigenous farming group that resides in Terekeka, a hamlet north of Juba. Different symbols around their faces, a mixture of Christianity and animistic beliefs, and they are also well known for their livestock farming and a blessing in disguise, their lands border with the White Nile, which also supports farming, are among the characteristics that distinguish the Mundari. Mundari culture, like that of any other tribe or group of people, is passed on through songs, with boys being taken out of the community to be trained and only those who reach adulthood receiving a V-Shape in the face as well as various dances, poems, and other forms of physical expression that reflect good, charity, and other essential qualities. Men must go through initiation ceremonies, which include living in nature with a village elder for three months apart from the community.

The Dinka tribe safari/tour.

Dinka boy among Cattle

Many Dinka people live in the Anglo-Egyptian province of Bahl el Ghazal, where they are a popular ethnic Nilotic tribe. Despite the fact that they are divided into clans, it is thought that this tribe does not have centralized political power. The Dinkas believe in a single spiritual God known as Nhialic. Later in the nineteenth century, British missionaries brought Christianity to South Sudan, which eventually became the dominant religion.

The Toposa tribe safari/ tour.

The Toposa are the main ethnic group in the Kapoeta region, and they are a fascinating people with ties to the Karamajong in northern Uganda and the Turkana in Kenya. They subsist primarily on livestock. They live in grass-thatched roofed cottages with mud mixed with cow dung and sticks, which are commonly adorned with cattle skulls. The Toposa are herders by nature, which has always put them in conflict with other groups prior to their country’s independence. Men and women were decorated with raised cut designs from incisions covering their backs, toes, and more so their faces, in addition to the Toposa being recognized for their Scarification technique. Yes, you are a tourist, and we will take you on a tour, but you will be pleasantly pleased.

The Boya tribe safari/ tour.

Girl from the Boya Tribe of South Sudan

The Boya dwell in a community east of Torit, in an area shadowed by a mountain, with painted buildings in design like patterns and embellished with beads. They also practice face scarification, which is more common among young blood women than among older women, and which they appear to have learned from their immediate neighbours, the Toposa.

When the Toposa women are mourning, they wear animal skins tied around their waists with bowed legs and arms, and little leaves that mark a striped pattern, just like any other culture. When a woman loses her spouse in their culture, she becomes the property of the deceased’s closest friend (Male).

The Lutuko tribe safari/ tour.

When compared to other ethnic groups, the Lutuko are the most traditional ethnic group living in Torit, the capital of the eastern lowlands. The Lutuko hide under hidden rocks to avoid war predation. The Lutukos were spiritually led by a rainmaker who always interceded for them with the spirits whenever they faced difficulties or needed to give thanks. If you visit the location and discover stones that functioned as a gathering spot for men facing obstacles such as family and illness, it is not by chance.

The Neur tribe safari/ tour.

The Neur is mostly known as the second-largest ethnic group in South Sudan and earlier they always smeared their bodies with ash whenever they wanted to repel insects.

The Didinga tribe safari/tour.

The Didinga reside in the Didinga hills, valleys, plateaus, and slopes, as well as the region’s neighbouring plains. The Boya, Dodoth, Dongotono, and Lotuka are among their neighbours. There have been tensions in the past, but they are currently typically on cordial terms, intermarry, and speak a language that is similar to the Boya, Tenet, and Murle. The Didinga are thought to have arrived in their current location during the sixteenth century as part of a group moving from either Lake Turkana or Ethiopia. During the British time, the Nile’s east and west banks were separated into protestant and Catholic influence sectors, with the Didinga falling under the latter. There is still some catholic influence among certain older folks, although it is waning.  Some older individuals still have a Catholic influence, but it is not genuine faith. The Didinga are pastoralists by inclination and farmers by necessity in terms of culture

Cattle herding is particularly significant, and the area has enough rainfall to plant two crops each year at 2000 meters elevation. They live in clan-based homesteads with spherical buildings with cone-shaped roofs. They also appreciate music and crafts. Although there is a hereditary paramount chief, decisions are decided by the community, and younger individuals have the right to question the older. They want to be educated. The Didinga, like their neighbours, believe in a supreme god and a sphere of spirits interacting with the living. They worship and sacrifice spirits and gods, and they place a high value on ancestor worship. A rainmaker is a key figure in the community. 

The Boma national park. South Sudan Safari/Tour.

The Boma National Park in South Sudan’s and Africa’s largest wildlife reserve. Many documents state that Kruger, Ruaha, and Virunga National Parks are the largest, whereas Boma National Park, with its 22,800 square kilometres, is the largest. With a size of 2,280,000 hectares, the Boma national park is ideal. There are no roads or ranger outposts in this enormous park. It is mostly flat and is crossed by many small streams and swamps, but it is one of the few new conservation destinations with wildlife such as giraffe, elephant, hippopotamus, white-eared Kob, crocodile, Tiang, Mongolia, Lions, leopards, serval cats, cheetahs, wild dogs, Warthog, Olive Baboon, and Vevet monkey.

During the dry season, herds of animals travel from Boma national park to the far-flung Serengeti national park, where over 2,000,000 animals seek grass. Every year, depending on the precipitation, this movement occurs at various times. It moves slowly and is reliant on rain and grass. Since the rains began in March/April/May/June, animals have been migrating from north to south and west to east, from the Sudd flood plains and Bandigalo national park to Boma and Gambela national parks in Ethiopia.

The animals are migrating from south to north and east to west in November, December, and January as the dry season approaches and the animals look for grass. The white-eared Kob will be calving in November, December, and January when they migrate north into the Sudd floodplain and west into Bandigalo Park. Tiang Antelope, a white-eared Kob antelope, is one of the most important migrating species. There were large herds of Zebra prior to the battle with the north, but these animals were greatly decreased in number after the war.

According to a 2008 assessment, the park and the surrounding area close to the park had 6850 elephants. Elephants and zebras migrate as well, following the water and vegetation. In 1982, it was thought that there was around 6000 Giraffe in the Boma park region, but by 2007, only 404 Giraffe remained. During the 25-year war with Khartoum, the armies exploited the animal to feed their troops.

Murle, Anyuah, Suri/Kachipo, Jie, and toposa are some of the tribes who live in the area. There will be numerous opportunities to visit them and see how they have maintained their traditional attire, dwellings, ornamentation, tools, and religious beliefs.

The Imatong tribe safari/tour

This is one of the minor ethnic groups in South Sudan, based primarily in Imatong state in the southeast, previously known as the eastern equatorial before the restructuring. They have taken up residence in the Imatong Mountains, where they continue to practice an updated version of an ancient ritual. The range has an equatorial temperature and extensive montane forests that shelter shrubs and support a wide variety of fauna. To supplement their income, they engage in farming.

The Nimule national park.

The Nimule National Park is located near the Ugandan-South Sudanese border. The world’s longest river, the Nile, runs for 48 kilometres along the park’s eastern boundary. The route between Uganda and Juba runs parallel to the Nile on the park’s eastern boundary. Nimule National Park, which covers 41000 hectares, was established to protect rhinos. It’s the park that’s the easiest to get to.

The Southern national park.

The southern national park, which spans 23000 square kilometres, was established in 1939. The park is drained by three rivers. The wildlife of the Southern National Park includes galleries, woods, rain forests, bushveld, and grasslands. Lungfish, catfish, tilapia, and crocodiles are among the aquatic species found in the park’s waterways. Colobus monkeys, African buffalo, huge elands, kob, and Congo lion giraffes are examples of these animals.

The Bandingalo tribe safari/tour.

In South Sudan’s nature protected area of roughly 8000 square kilometres, this park is also known as Bandigilo. Throughout the year, the park is home to a variety of animal species including giraffes, zebras, hippos, olive baboons, eland, cheetahs, and birdlife. There will be days of rain and days of no rain if you visit the park with us during the wet or rainy season. The roads will be muddy, but there will be plenty of wildlife to see.

Prepare your packing list as soon as possible for culturally diversified journeys that will be both intriguing and memorable.

• Toiletries (include wet wipes)

• Sunscreen. 

• Headlamps/LED torches for going around at night (We don’t recommend moving around) Mundari Tribe camp is quite hot

• Sunglasses to protect you from the African sun 

• Insect repellent – you’ll need it when visiting the Mundari and Toposa tribes 

• First aid kit and frequent medicine

• Hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes 

• Around the camp’ shoes or flip flops 

• Camera

Is South Sudan safe for travel in 2022?

A short Google search will yield results advising against visiting South Sudan. The governments of the United States, Australia, and Canada advise their nationals not to travel to South Sudan because it is considered risky. A civil war, a refugee crisis in neighbouring Uganda, widespread corruption, and ethnic tensions have all left a sour taste in many people’s mouths.

But what is the fact on the ground and is it safe to travel to South Sudan?

Although the two biggest adversaries signed a peace deal, there are still occasional skirmishes among South Sudan’s 60 tribes. The peace agreement has brought a great deal of tranquillity to the country.

Tips on how to Travel to South Sudan safely in 2022.

• Always use a reputable local provider! We have a better understanding of the country than anyone else.

• Don’t go out late at night alone yourself. • Leave your expensive jewellery at home and keep a low profile.

• Never display your money to anyone! As much as possible, hide them!

• Do not take photographs in Juba City.

General:

Keep in mind that things may not always work as they do at home when travelling in South Sudan. Travelling in underdeveloped and tourist-free areas necessitates patience as well as a sense of humour. There may be infrastructural issues, different attitudes, and upkeep that isn’t always up to snuff, but this is all part of the experience of visiting such a location. Thank you for your patience as we work to rectify any issues as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, there is essentially no tourist sector, so locals are unfamiliar with western guests and what they could anticipate in terms of service.

When to go on a trip to South Sudan:

The ideal time to visit South Sudan is currently between November and April. Because the season is dry, our jeeps can reach the most distant locations, allowing you to get the most out of your South Sudan tour. All tours to the Mundari Tribe, on the other hand, can be done at any time of the year.

Safety: 

This tour stays in Central and Eastern Equatoria states, avoiding the key affected areas of Unity, Upper Nile, and Jonglei states. We are highly concerned about the safety of our travellers, and our office in Juba receives daily reports on the situation in the many regions we visit.

Climate:

South Sudan has a climate that is comparable to that of an Equatorial or tropical climate, with a wet season marked by high humidity and substantial amounts of rainfall, followed by a dry season.

July is the coolest month, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 °C (68 to 86 °F), and March is the warmest, with average temperatures ranging from 23 to 37 °C (73 to 98 °F).

The rainiest months are May through October, but the rainy season can start as early as April and go until November. May is the wettest month on average.

The annual change of the Inter-Tropical Zone, as well as the shift to southerly and southwesterly winds, influence the season.

Top highlights on South Sudan Tours-Trips

• Photograph the Mundari people burning cow droppings and taking their cows to graze in their cattle camp beside the White Nile River. • Witness the wrestling between different villages and clans.

• Lotukotribe cultural trip through small villages

• Boma National Park is a world wonder, with millions of creatures migrating!! You will be one of the first to see it.

• Toposa tribe’s dating ritual! Without the use of tinder or bars, you can date anywhere in the world. In the rural settlements surrounding Kapoeta, how do you find a partner?

Finally, the tours in South Sudan are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced! It’s a completely different universe.

Things to consider while visiting Juba and South Sudan

Expensive Travel: South Sudanese travel is expensive when compared to neighbouring countries. This is primarily due to a paucity of basic necessities. Travelling with extra cash is essential because credit card transactions are only available in Juba and a few of the larger towns. Dollars are accepted, but you’ll need South Sudanese pound notes as well. When travelling to and entering South Sudan’s various towns, a valid passport and visa are required. Expect to be pulled over at a number of checkpoints and roadblocks.

Friendly People: South Sudanese are generally exceedingly kind, kind, and accepting of strangers, despite decades of civil strife and limited contact with foreigners. You can take advantage of their openness toward visitors to learn a lot about the country and its internal dynamics without coming across as overly curious.

The Climate: The climate in South Sudan is tropical, with periods of heavy rain followed by dry spells. Although some sections of the country experience more rain and heat than others, the rainy season normally lasts from April until October. Rainfall is heavier in higher-altitude areas than in lower-altitude areas. It’s also worth noting that her days and nights are the same lengths due to her proximity to the equator.

Best time to visit: Given that the country has both wet and dry seasons, it is best to travel during the dry season, which runs from November to April. Travelling in the countryside during the rainy season is difficult due to the poor road network. The roads are clogged with muck, and rivers are overflowing. This is particularly unfortunate because this is the time of year when the scenery turns green and is very lovely to look at. Floods can cut off roads for days if they become mudslide-infested. Between March and April, wildlife migrates from the Sudd to Boma National Park. Between November and late December is the best time to visit to watch the animals returning to the Sudd.

Taking Photos: Local officials and the army, in particular, would not accept anyone who snaps images of public facilities, no matter how harmless they appear to be — especially in Juba. Juba has one of the strongest anti-photography policies in the world. If you are discovered taking photos without permission and without a government official accompanying you, you may be jailed or sentenced to prison. Avoid photographing national monuments or military installations. A local guide can assist you in obtaining the necessary authorization. As soon as you leave the capital, you are free to snap as many images as you like.

Tribal Tensions:  Some of South Sudan’s challenges have a tribal component to them. Even if you have compelling reasons to do so, it’s critical not to get caught up in the conflict or appear to be siding with one particular tribe. Handle tribal discussions diplomatically, and if at all possible, let natives lead tribal discussions.

Medical facilities: Despite the fact that the extended unrest in some parts of South Sudan has driven away many insurance firms, it is critical to obtain travel insurance before leaving the country. Any probable evacuations and treatment in a nearby nation should be covered by the insurance. Look for insurance providers that provide coverage for trips to high-risk areas. Except for a few run by the government and international NGOs, the medical facilities do not meet international standards.

Transport within the capital and towns: Using a boda is the greatest way to go around the capital Juba and other towns (motorcycle taxi). Taxis are best for long-distance transport and will not take you to the city’s hidden gems. Obtain a boda rider and request a city tour from him.