The ethnicity of you will encounter on your South Sudan Tours is rich and diverse. There is 64 tribes or ethnic groups which are natives of the South Sudan. Many of these ethnic groups share common culture, very closely-link cultural traits with intelligible languages which forming distinct larger family units of Tribes in South Sudan.
Here are some of the Tribes you will meet on our South Sudan tours that you might encounter on your south sudan tribal tour Dinka Tribe South Sudan| Nuer tribe of South Sudan | Mundari Tribe in South Sudan | Azande Tribe | Baka Tribe South Sudan | Boya Tribe South Sudan | Larim Tribe| Falata Tribe of Sudan| Imatong Tribe of the mountains |Jiye or Jie. Kakwa also found in Uganda | Lango also found in Uganda| Lopit |. Lotuka tribe of South Sudan | Madi | Murle can also be found in Ethiopia | Lotuko tribe in South Sudan
Mundari tribe just 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 tribe during the dry season. In order to secure their cattle, Mundari Tribe at night take their weapons and go to the bush. 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.
Mundari tribe hair is made with cow urine and burnt cow droppings to turn redish brown as a way of beautification
Toposa Tribe is an ethnic group in South Sudan, living in Kapoeta region in the Eastern Equatorial State. Toposa tribe has traditionally lived by small scale farming of maize and millet, herding cattle, sheep and goats and very also practice trade with neighboring communities. They have a tradition of constant low-level warfare, usually cattle raids, against their neighbors. The Toposa way of life is slowly being modernized and traditional social organization is unfortunately starting to disappear.
The Toposa Tribe belong to the called the “Karamojong cluster”, which includes the Karamojong people of North Eastern Uganda, Jiye people also known as Jie in south eastern South Sudan and south western Ethiopia and Uganda’s North East Murogore Mountains, and the Turkana people of Northern Kenya.
However Toposa Tribe of South Sudan say that they originated in the Zulia Mountains in Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park between 1587- 1623,moving to south Sudan due to severe drought, land conflicts and looking for fresh grass for their animals.
Toposa Marking / Scarification.
Toposa tribe scars / markings / scarifications aren’t just any scars: They’re an elaborate part of local culture and can mean everything everything from beauty to adulthood or even, in some cases, are simply a mark of belonging to a given clan/ tribe.
Scarification was a sign of strength, courage and bravery. This procedure is understandably painful and took long to heal, so going under it without howling was a brave thing, and crying would be embarrassing yourself and your family. The more scars one had the more respected one was in one’s culture. Get in touch to organize your south Sudan tribal tour
On arrival at Juba International Airport for your 8-Days Mundari & Dinka South Sudan Tribal tour Photo Tour. Laba Africa team will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to Hotel in Juba, where you will spend the night. Depending on your arrival time, we will take a short Juba city tour to South Sudan’s biggest market, Konyo Konyo. While in the market, you will have an overview of South Sudan’s diverse communities portrayed in their style of dressing and facial or body scarifications. Finally, Dinner and overnight at Acacia Hotel
Today we will introduce our selves to the local authorities in Juba and proceed to the Mundari cattle camp in Terekeka. We will spend the next two nights camping with the worriers next to the river Nile.Prepare yourself for taking amazing photos in these days!
You will continue to explore the camps and villages and immerse yourself in the lives of these amazing people who still live in their traditional ways of life untouched by modernization
Catch the last sunrises and we will say goodbye to the Mundari people and transfer to JubaAccommodation: Acacia Hotel Juba
Today you will transfer to Juba international Airport for your flight to Bor on a small light aircraft. On arrival in Bor, You will meet the local chiefs and local Dink guides to introduce you into the community.
Accommodation : TentsMeal Plan: Full board.
Have another encounter with some of the most indigenous tribe in Africa! Experience well known Dinka pastoral life by sleeping a night with warriors and passionate cattle herders in the camp. Help bringing the cows to the camp from grazing, milking the cow, herding, learn how to identify local greens and herbs, experience traditions as spearing a cow for blood to drink and eat roasted and get your own Dinka name.
Early morning breakfast and enjoy the last sunrise in this amazing camp before taking a light aircraft back to Juba
On your last of this Tour to South Sudan day you will visit the Juba City Tour major attractions like Dr John Garang Tombs, Konyo konyo market, local craft markets and others and depending on the time of your flight, you will transfer to the airport for your flight back home after.
Reasons to Visit South Sudan.
1 The Culture and Diversity of South Sudan
2. South Sudan Wildlife tours
3. South Sudan is not yet discovered by tourists.
4. South Sudan has some of the best Traditional wrestling in Africa.
The best time go for a South Sudan Tribal tour is during the dry months of December to February.
You can travel to the all country and not see any rains. However the weather is so hot with the average of 34 degrees Celsius and you will need to remain as hydrated as possible for a successful South Sudan Tour. The rainy season on the other hand comes with floods and mud with many villages cut off since its impossible to reach
You can now get a South Sudan visa online at the government website (evisa.gov.ss). Please note that you will need an invitation to attach in order for your application to be granted. We can send you this invitation letter if you book a tour with us.
This is a guide to help you understand your options while travelling to South Sudan, regardless of what tribe you are interested in so that you can come prepared.
Quickly prepare your packing list for the culturally diverse to carry on the most interesting and memorable travels.
Subsequently, it is recommended to pack for a trip to South Sudan. If you are planning to visit the Mundari or Toposa Tribes, a tribe tour.
South Sudan tours are for adventurous travellers searching for untouched tribal groups Photographing Mundari Tribe cattle camps, scar tribal people and amazing horned white bulls is a dream for photographers from all around the World.
Our South Sudan Tribal tours will walk you in the life of the traditional tribal world amongst the ethnic groups that have inhabited the region’s wilderness areas for thousands of years. Among the tribe you will meet are Mundari Tribe, Dinka Tribe, Toposa tribe tours, Larim tribe tour and many others plus destinations like Sudd Swamp,
This is an intensely personal tour of one of the world’s lesser-known, yet newest, countries where ancient cultural rituals collide with preconceived traveller expectations, to create an incredibly unique and often moving experience.
There is more to South Sudan rather than the many years of Civil wars and unrest. It is because of this unrest that South Sudan has made it very hard for anyone to explore the country over the years. The country has however recovered from all these horrors since it gained independence in 2011. The tourism industry in South contributes about 4% of the total GDP. There are still some areas of South Sudan that are still unsafe and this hinders the exploration of the country.
There has been a lot of negative publicity to this country but there are a lot of beauty attached to this country. There is little talk about the lakes, rivers, 14 national parks, national reserves, the world’s largest swamp (the Sudd) and probably the best birding site on earth. Some of the national parks in South Sudan are bigger in size than some of the countries in East Africa.
Another mistake many make is to assume that what they see in Juba is all that the county has to offer. The best things about South Sudan are experienced in countryside. South Sudan’s wildlife and remarkable cultures remain isolated in the vast and remote wilderness waiting to be discovered with the help of a good local Guide.
How safe is traveling to South Sudan at the moment? Visiting South Sudan requires people with and open mind. Like the DR Congo Tours, Travelling to South Sudan may seem unsafe or even scary but it’s actually quite different when you get there.
Thousands of international expatriates work in Juba and even the remotest parts of the country without any major security incidences. The Capital Juba is particularly well protected and safe partly because of the large expatriate community and UN peacekeeping forces patrolling the city. This doesn’t mean that you should throw all caution to the wind while traveling to South Sudan. Before traveling to areas outside the capital, caution must be exercised.
Consult your embassy about the latest security situation in the country whenever you are traveling to a particular location. Like we already mentioned earlier, you need to get a knowledgeable and reliable local Guide to move with you at all times. The Guide will help you deal with the political dynamics among the different competing partisan groups in the city and at the countryside. Don’t expect much in terms of quality infrastructure (hotel, roads etc.). Expect longer travel times and changes in plan because of the unpredictable security situation in some of the smaller towns outside Juba. Some travelers find unpredictability the thing that makes traveling to some countries exciting.
What is the reward for going now and not waiting for later? There is a lot of undiscovered gems in South Sudan. Its good experience to explore places that only very few people have had a chance to visit– Pristine wilderness, isolated and rare cultural groups that have not been affected by technology. You would be visiting places which will one day be so popular that you will be smiling (in your advanced age) knowing that you were among the very first to experience it.
Back to security. For those who want to do something different, love adventure and taking risks in order to discover the best that nature has to offer, we don’t recommend that you wait until total peace returns in order to make a decision to visit South Sudan. It is just a matter of time.
Juba is the capital of South Sudan and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. It has relatively good accommodation facilities. The Juba international airport is also a busy one and has Daily flights from most Major Cities of Africa and the middle east.
The roads within and outside the city are getting better and large companies have established base to take advantage of the business opportunities available. Juba can be explored in a day or two. There are a number of interesting things and places to visit while in the capital. Some of them will be covered as attractions of their own in later chapters.
The University of Juba is one of the largest public universities in the young country and an excellent place to visit. The University was founded in 1977 but was later relocated to Khartoum (Sudan) due to civil unrest in the 1980s. Students are taught in English. After visiting the University, you can also stop at the new presidential palace which was opened in 2011, three months after the country got independence.
You can hike the Jebel Kujur Mountain if you want to have the view of the Juba city. This mountain is only 684 meters high. Its original name was Korok but changed to Kuruk because a lot of folks used to visit the summit to perform rituals and other forms of witchcraft. You can also explore some of the old buildings from the colonial days or check out the monument in the middle of the main round about (where the main city clock is located). The Largest market is Juba is known as Konyo Konyo. It is a very chaotic place but is arguably the best place to observe the local people gather in one place to buy vegetable, fruits and groceries.
In case you want to hangout or having a few drinks, it’s good that you look out for hotel bars in one of the leading hotels in the city. Don’t walk in the night or carry any valuables while on the streets. A local guide will let you know that some places in the city are very insecure and should be avoided at all costs.
If you are on a comprehensive tour of the country, you might want to visit other major towns like Aweil, Kodok, Deim Zubeir, Bentui, Gondokoro, Tonj, Gongrial, Torit, Yambio, Rokon, Kaya, Yei, Wau and Rumbek (the former capital). Torit is where the first armed struggle begun in 1955. One can visit the burial ground of the first brave and patriotic men to give up their lives for the liberation of the people in South Sudan.
The Mausoleum of Rev Father Saturnino Ohure is also worth visiting while in Torit. This is one of the catholic priests that died in the struggle for the independence of the country. If you happen to stop in Nimule, don’t forget to visit the famous Tamarind Tree. It is where the explorer Sir Samuel Baker rested while looking for the source of the Nile in 1869. The tree still exists to this day. Due to the bad roads, most towns can be accessed by air.
This is one of the largest National Parks in Africa with an area of about 22,800 Square Kilometers. It is found in the Jonglei state near the Ethiopian Boarder.Between March to April and November to January, one of the world’s greatest wildlife migration occurs in the park. About two million animals including kobs, gazelle and other antelope species move from the Sudds and Bandingilo National Park to Boma National Park and then to Ethiopia. The animal movement is dictated by the coming rains. During the dry months of November up to January, the animals move back again to enjoy fresh green pastures following the flooding of the river Nile. Boma National Park has over 7,000 elephants, baboons and giraffes.
This the largest swamp in the world and it covers about 30,000 Square Kilometers. It is one of the best birding spots in the world. Because there is constant water around the wetland, the soils are fertile hence supporting all kinds of vegetation, wild animals and birds. Over 450 species of birds can be found here including black-crowned cranes, giant white pelicans and shoebill storks. The Sudd is also excellent for fishing.
The Wau zoo is found close to a river in the state of Bahrel Ghazal. The key attraction in the zoo is the stripped hyena (the largest specie of hyenas). Other wild animals in the zoo include antelopes, warthogs, crocodiles, ostriches and primates like baboons.
This park is located in the equatorial region of the country and this area is really under-utilized. It was gazzetted in 1992 and it covers about 10,000 Square Kilometers. It is one of the most important national parks in South Sudan because it attracts the great wildlife migration. The park has incredible biodiversity and is home to giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, gazelles, elephants and reedbuck. You should also read the article about activities in Dar es Salaam.
The Park was gazzetted in 1954 and it is located in the southern part of the country next to the Ugandan Nimule boarder. Therefore, you can access it from Uganda. It covers an area of about 540 Square Kilometers. Nimule National Park is relatively well developed because it is closer to the capital and is home to leopards, baboons, zebras, warthogs and several species of antelopes. The park has an office and rangers can be assigned to take you for a tour of the park or by boat to Opekoloe Island where you can see large herds of elephants and a few predators.
Other animals in the park include hippos, zebra, crocodiles, leopards, warthogs, bushbucks, baboons, jackals, primates, hyrax and the Uganda kob. If you plan to visit Kenya in the near future, you might find the article about where to hangout in Nairobi of interest.
Kidepo Valley National Park is in the remote corner southern part of South Sudan shared with Uganda . The park have a true wilderness vibe and is a great destination for the adventurous traveler. It has excellent wildlife viewing during the Dry season, featuring several species not encountered anywhere else in the country.
This is arguably the best place to go and experience the diverse culture of the people of South Sudan. Like most countries in Africa, the tribal groups in South Sudan value dancing, singing and storytelling as a way of demonstrating what is good about their culture. The Nyakuron Cultural Center was built in 1976 to help showcase the cultural heritage of the people of Southern Sudan. It is built with a large garden, a night club, an outdoor stage and an auditorium.
The White Nile is a tributary of the greater River Nile. It starts its Journey from Uganda. It crosses through several countries one of them being South Sudan.The river Nile has two main tributaries – The White Nile and the Blue Nile. The name came about because of the color of the river. The Nile changes color here because of the clay soil. The White Nile passes through Juba offering tourists in the capital an opportunity to visit it without driving traveling long distances. A good idea is to visit the Juba bridge and admire river from the top knowing that it travels through many countries. You can spot fishermen and transport boats going about their daily business. The White Nile is relatively calm and smooth flowing.
The Dinka are the most influential and largest tribal group in South Sudan. Though many have moved to the capital and other administrative states, most remain nomadic pastoralists. Cattle play an important role in determining the status of individuals and families and it is not unheard of for bride price to exceed 400 cattle. Their cattle camps can contain more than 600 head of cattle. Visiting one of the camps will give you an insight into their way of life which is centered around their animals. The cattle provide almost everything the owner would need to survive. If you are in Juba and cannot easily access the cattle camps outside the city, you can visit the cattle market at the city center to see animals being taken for sale. Cows are very symbolic in South Sudan and a fully grown long horned white bull is a sight to behold.
For mountain hiking lovers, this is a challenging hike. At 3,187m, Mount Kinyeti is South Sudan’s highest peak. It lies in the remote and rarely visited Imatong Mountains close to the border with Uganda. Climbing to the peak exposes one to pristine wilderness, forested slopes and an opportunity to see creatures like leopards, buffaloes and elephants which live in the Imatong Forest Reserve.
And you thought whitewater rafting was only possible in Uganda? Well think twice. A whitewater rafting crew has been set up near Nimule giving adventurous travelers an opportunity to row through the challenging Nile rapids from Nimule all the way to the capital Juba. The whitewater rafting experience here is even more adventurous considering that you will pass through areas with hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, primates and elephants. There are stops on the islands and calmer waters for sport fishing or birding. If you are in Juba for the weekend, you can book a whitewater rafting trip with a company called African rivers. They will pick you up from the capital and take you up to the Fola Falls in Nimule National Park. The activity starts early in the morning. The first eight kilometers are grade 4 rapids and can be nerving for inexperienced rafters. After that things, things get easier as the rapids change to grade 3 and 2.
Garang was the highly respected former leader of South Sudan who died in a helicopter crash as he was coming back from a meeting in Uganda. He was the leader of the liberation movement which fought against the oppressive rule of the Sudanese government until the country gained independence. The Mausoleum is built at the Avenue of Nations – a place where independence festivities are conducted. Visit the Mausoleum to pay homage to a leader who is considered the father of South Sudan. The facility is heavily guarded and you need to be courteous while signing the visitor’s books so that you are allowed entrance without any issues. The facility has a photo of the former president and flags of South Sudan. The actual tomb is heavily guarded and locked in a special enclosure.
This is the main Christian worship center in Juba. It is located between the Gombura and Lanya street. The Sunday prayers attract many of the influential people in Juba and can be an interesting place to be. There are three services on Sunday – one in English, Zande and Arabic. There are plans to build a much larger church that could accommodate the large numbers of worshipers.
The large humanitarian and expatriate community in Juba has led to the establishment of some fine restaurants within the capital. There are both expensive and budget-friendly restaurants which remain late even in the evening. If you want to have more contact with the local people, you can visit one of the cheaper restaurants offering traditional foods. So which are the top restaurants in Juba. We should start with Da Vinci which serves international, Italian and vegetarian meals. There is also Notos Lounge Bar and Grill for Indian and Mediterranean foods. Spice ‘n Herbs is noted for their excellent Chinese, Italian and Indian dishes. You could also visit Home and Away for Thai and other Asian foods. Il Paradiso and Juba Bridge Hotel Restaurant are the places to go if you are interested in African and particularly Ethiopian food. For the best burgers, soups, pies, cakes and fresh salads, Le Bistro is one place you should visit. Other restaurants worth mentioning are Istanbul for Turkish and middle eastern cuisines and Villa Marvella for a quick snack on your way home after a long day of work.
The Wau Catholic Cathedral was built in 1913 and is an important symbol of the role of Christian missionary groups in the countries development. It is built with impressive architectural designs and contains rare glass windows and stone carvings that makes it stand out from the smaller churches in the area.
Wrestling is a traditional sport among many of the tribes in South Sudan. Participants remove their upper clothing and challenge each other for a duel in front of a large group of spectators. There is a price for the winners which can cost a sum or heads of cattle. To watch this, you need to go to the square on weekends.
Generally traveling within South Sudan is expensive compared to neighboring countries apart from Dr Congo Tours. This is mainly because of the scarcity of basic commodities. It is important to travel with enough physical cash because transactions by credit card are only possible in Juba and a few of the larger towns. Dollars are accepted but you would also need notes in the local South Sudanese pound. A Visa and valid passport is important when entering and traveling to the different towns in South Sudan. Expect to be stopped at several check points and road blocks.
South Sudan has a tropical climate with periods of heavy rainfall followed by dry spells. Some parts of the country receive more of the rain and heat but generally, the rainy season occurs in the months of April to October. Areas in higher altitude receive more rainfall compared to the flatter zones. It is also important to note that because of her proximity to the equator, the days and nights are of the same length.
Despite the decades of civil war and less contact with foreigners, South Sudanese are generally very friendly, kind and welcoming to outsiders. You can use their friendliness to foreigners is an opportunity to learn a lot about the country and its internal dynamics without coming across as too inquisitive.
The prolonged insecurity in some parts of South Sudan has driven away many insurance companies and yet it is important to get travel insurance before traveling. The insurance should cover any potential evacuations and treatment in a neighboring country. Look for insurance companies that cover travels to high-risk counties. The medical facilities are not up to international standards except for a few run by government and international organizations.
Transport within the capital and towns:
The best way to move around the capital Juba and smaller towns is by using a boda (motor cycle taxi). Taxis are best for long distance travel and cannot take you to the hidden parts of town. Get a boda rider and ask him to take you for a city tour.
Taking Photos: As innocent as it may look, local authorities and the army in particular will not tolerate those who take photos of public buildings – especially while in Juba. Juba has arguably the strictest policy about taking photos. You could even be arrested or go to prison if caught taking photos without permission and a government official to accompany you. Avoid taking photos of national buildings or military establishments. A local Guide can help you get the required permission. As you get outside the capital, you can take as many photos as you wish.
The root cause of some of South Sudan’s problems are tribal in nature. It is important not to get caught in the mix or appear to be siding with one particular tribe even if you have strong reasons to do so. Handle tribal conversations diplomatically and if possible, let the locals lead the conversations about tribal issues.
A quick google search will give you results and advice not to travel to South Sudan. The US, Australian, Canadian governments advise their citizens not to travel to South Sudan because they consider it dangerous. In fact, a civil war, refugee crisis in neighbouring Uganda and mass corruption and ethnic tensions have left a bad taste in the mouth of many.
But what’s the fact on the ground and is it safe to travel to South Sudan?
A peace treaty was signed between the two major rivals, but there are rare clashes between the 60+ tribes of South Sudan. The peace deal has indeed brought a lot of peace into the country.
When travelling in South Sudan bear in mind that things won’t always work here as you’re used to them working at home. Travelling in underdeveloped and un touristed regions requires both patience and a sense of humour. There may be problems with infrastructure, attitudes may be different, and maintenance may not be as high a standard as we would always like, but this is very much part and parcel of travelling in such a place. We aim to resolve any issues as quickly as possible and thank you for your patience.
Meanwhile, there is almost no tourist industry to speak of and therefore people are very unaccustomed to western visitors, and what they may expect in terms of service. T
he local authorities are likely to be rather confused by your presence and so often your tour leader will need to explain your presence to them – in addition to this they may all interpret rules and regulations differently and so what is permissible in one place may not be in another.
Currently, the best time to visit South Sudan is from November to April. The season is dry so our jeeps can make it to the most remote areas to get the best out of your south Sudan Tour. However, all Tours to the Mundari Tribe visits can be done all year long.
This tour avoids the key affected areas of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states, staying in Central and Eastern Equatoria states. We take the safety of our travellers extremely seriously and our office in Juba gets regular updates about the situation in different areas we visit.
Our team of tour experts include locals born, raised and based in South Sudan and we are fully confident that we can operate tours safely in these parts of South Sudan.
Which areas are safe South Sudan?
Our Tours only go to places we consider safe that is Juba, Mundari tribe in Terekeka and Dinka cattle camps, Laarim (Boya) and Toposo tribe in Kapoeta.
Places we don’t consider safe are Unity and Upper Nile states, Malakal.
Coming for your South Sudan Tribal Tour? Know the best time to come. South Sudan has a climate similar to an Equatorial or tropical climate, characterized by a rainy season of high humidity and large amounts of rainfall followed by a drier season.
The temperature on average is always high with July being the coolest month with average temperatures falling between 20 and 30 °C (68 and 86 °F) and March being the warmest month with average temperatures ranging from 23 to 37 °C (73 to 98 °F).
The most rainfall is seen between May and October, but the rainy season can commence in April and extend until November. On average May is the wettest month.
The season is “influenced by the annual shift of the Inter-Tropical Zone” and the shift to southerly and southwesterly winds leading to slightly lower temperatures, higher humidity, and more cloud coverage.
Finally, the Tours in South Sudan are something else from what you’re used to! It’s a whole new world.
Expensive Travel: Traveling within South Sudan is expensive compared to neighboring countries. This is mainly because of the scarcity of basic commodities. It is important to travel with enough physical cash because transactions by credit card are only possible in Juba and a few of the larger towns. Dollars are accepted but you would also need notes in the local South Sudanese pound. A Visa and valid passport is important when entering and traveling to the different towns in South Sudan. Expect to be stopped at several check points and road blocks.
Friendly People: Despite the decades of civil war and less contact with foreigners, South Sudanese are generally very friendly, kind and welcoming to outsiders. You can use their friendliness to foreigners is an opportunity to learn a lot about the country and its internal dynamics without coming across as too inquisitive.
The Climate: South Sudan has a tropical climate with periods of heavy rainfall followed by dry spells. Some parts of the country receive more of the rain and heat but generally, the rainy season occurs in the months of April to October. Areas in higher altitude receive more rainfall compared to the flatter zones. It is also important to note that because of her proximity to the equator, the days and nights are of the same length.
Best time to visit: Considering that that the country experiences both wet and dry months, it is better to visit during the dry season which fall between November and April. The poor road network in the countryside makes traveling during the rainy season very challenging. The roads are mud-filled while rivers get flooded. This is sad considering that this is the time when the landscape becomes green and very beautiful to behold. The roads become mud-filled and floods can cut off roads for days. The wildlife migration from the Sudd to Boma National Park occur between March and April. If you want to see the animals moving back to the Sudd, then you should visit between November and late December.
Tribal Tensions: The root cause of some of South Sudan’s problems are tribal in nature. It is important not to get caught in the mix or appear to be siding with one particular tribe even if you have strong reasons to do so. Handle tribal conversations diplomatically and if possible, let the locals lead the conversations about tribal issues.
Medical facilities: The prolonged insecurity in some parts of South Sudan has driven away many insurance companies and yet it is important to get travel insurance before traveling. The insurance should cover any potential evacuations and treatment in a neighboring country. Look for insurance companies that cover travels to high-risk counties. The medical facilities are not up to international standards except for a few run by government and international organizations.
Transport within the capital and towns: The best way to move around the capital Juba and smaller towns is by using a boda (motor cycle taxi). South Sudan Tribal tour Taxis are best for long distance travel and cannot take you to the hidden parts of town. Get a boda rider and ask him to take you for a city tour.
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All guides were knowledgeable and took very well care of us, espacially Robert, our excellent driver and guide for the whole tour.
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It’s amazing to be able to get so close to the animals, and experence the beautiful landscape and scenery of Uganda.
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Samuel even bought a Sim card for us to make sure we could get internet data as soon as we arrive in Entebbe Airport.
Our guide was Alonso.
Alonso is our best guide ever… We’ve traveled in a lot of countries, but I can assure you Alonso knows his country better than any other guide. He is very open minded and is able to talk for hours about everything related to his country (way to live, politics, economy, religion, local us and beliefs, etc.).
Alonso is also a true legend all around his country, he knows someone at every places we have been.. he knows perfectly all the natural reserve and taught us many things about the animals during our safaris.
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If your are planning to come in Uganda and do self driving… Please don’t.. The roads are terrible and I wouldn’t advise anyone that is not used to it to drive on these roads by himself.
The car that Laba Africa provided us was amazing. Big SUV with 4 wheel drive with an open roof and a tent on the roof (amazingly comfortable).
The car is very comfortable and safe. Laba Africa even provided us sleeping bags (for the roof tent), cooler, camping chairs, cooking gaz and all the ustensiles we needed to cook ourself.
Alonso and the company has always been attentive to our wishes, needs and desires and is really customer focused.
During our trip, we’ve met a lot of locals, and it has been an amazing human adventure. Uganda is not only a destination to see animals and wildlife, it’s also a beautiful country that has so many to offer (waterfalls, landscape, tea fields, lakes, mountains, volcana, natural reserve, culture, traditions, people, local dance, music, crafts, hikings, cycling, rafting, boats trip, etc.)
Here are the main places we’ve visited : Kidepo National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchinson Falls National Park, Queen Elisabeth National Park, Bwindi Forest, Bigodi Village, Kibale, Lake Mburo National Park, Sipi Falls, Jinja, Kampala.
Among our best memories, we will remember for ever our homestaying with a lovely local family within the Bigodi community, our night safari in Queen Elizabeth NP with the Lions turning around the car, and the quiet Jinja city on the Nile.
We really wanted to spend some time with locals and share a night with them. Laba Africa never organise Homestaying before. We’ve asked Alonso if it was possible. Of course, he made it possible because Alonso would make anything possible for you. So i wanted to thank him again because he made this trip amazing for us and now we keep this experience as our best memory from this trip.
Our trip was supposed to end on the 31st of December as our flight was very early in the morning on the 1st of January.
Alonso drove us to Samuel’s house. Samuel and Morgan (Sam’s GF) cooked for us for lunch and have spend the 31st of December with us. They’ve made a city tour for us, drove us to the craft market in order to buy some gifts for our family before our departure.
And the cherry on the cake… They took us with them in a party to show us “how we celebrate new year Eve in Uganda”. It was on the best rooftop of Kampala, to watch the midnight fireworks.
Honestly, do you know some company that can offer you such experience?
Don’t make a mistake and hire Laba Africa for your journey in Uganda, and please, stay at least 2 weeks if you want to discover most of the things this country has to offer.
Thank you again Samuel, Morgan and Alonso.
I will not forget you guys and I wish you the best for the future, you deserve it!!
Hope to see you again.
we keep in touch
We experienced a very well organized 9-day trip with a driver& guide (Robert) filled with amazing experiences like game drives, chimpz and gorilla tracking and boat safaris. The communication… read more with Laba Africa was very smooth and they tailored the trip according our wishes. The guide was very flexible and came up with ideas and options while on the road. We really appreciated him being with us. The Laba Africa guide had a vast knowledge about flora and fauna and was happy to answer all our questions. The accomodations chosen and booked by Laba Africa were absolutely stunning with very helpful staff.
Laba Africa planned a (4 days, 3 nights) trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with a stop in Lake Mburu (Uganda’s smallest national park). We had a great and friendly guide… read more in Alonso, who was very organized and patient. Making a stop in Lake Mburu breaks up the long drive to Bwindi, and is a great opportunity to get very close to giraffes and many other animals in the park. The gorilla trek itself was amazing and surreal getting very close to a gorilla family. All the lodges booked by Laba Africa, were in beautiful and serene locations with nice rooms, friendly staff and good food! After my third trip with Laba Africa, I would recommend them to anyone any day!
Great 3day trip go Murchison national park and falls! Also passed by rhino sanctuary on our way there. Really liked our driver and guide (Robert) who drove is there safely… read more and found tons of animals for us to see in the park.
Robert was a great guide. We went on Safari at Murchison and to the rhino sanctuary. The bGreat food and company. 10/10
On the way to the safari we went to the rhino sanctuary which was a cool experience. We slept at Fort Murchison which was a really good place to stay… read more in. The next day we went on the safari trip and a boat trip which was amazing. We saw so much animals.
Our guide, Robert, really gave us the best experience one could get.
Really recommend going with Laba!
I certainly got way way more than I imagined on this trip. I seen it on YouTube but not many indulge how fantastic the service this company has provided. My… read more guide Patrick was 10 out of 10. Friendly, informative and never refused an activity I wanted to see or do absolute gentleman. Then little did I know I was going to be provided with bony a top top quality chef. I was expecting package meals but no the food was excellent that I actually gained weight on this trip. I travelled the world but must say this company really exceeded my expectations.
Sam put together a perfect itinerary for our mother-daughter trip. Alonso took us around Kampala and showed us the main sights (Buganda kingdom, the mosque and bustling downtown Kampala), and… read more Robert took us to Murchison Falls National Park, then to Jinja and our final destination Entebbe (4 days). We had such a wonderful time and loved every minute of it: the roadside life, the food, the nature, the magestic animals, the friendly people – everything. They say that once you have experienced Africa, you will always feel a tug to return. Be prepared Laba!
My mom and me went on a two nights trip to Murchison Falls for safari and it was amazing! Sam organized a great trip for us and the communication was… read more very smooth the whole way. Our guide Robert was so nice and we saw so many animals each day. Sam also organized a city tour in Kampala for us and we also went to Jinja on a boat trip to see the source of the Nile, the local markets, and ate Ugandan food. Every part of our holiday was amazing and I would recommend Laba to anyone travelling to Uganda (and elsewhere)!!
I went on a two day Safari in Lake Mburo with Laba Africa Expeditions and it was an amazing trip. Everything was organized very well and our guide Samuel was… read more wonderful and came with suggestions during the trip and listened to our wishes as well. I would recommend this to everybody who wants a fun, safe and amazing safari. Even the rangers at Lake Mburo was great. I had not expected a safari to be such a incredible experience but it really was!
Samuel is the real fixer in Uganda! Within a week he got me the Gorilas permit to Bwindi. He also advised me in anything else I needed.
Adam, my… read more driver who took me from Kigali (Rwanda) to Bwindi, crossing Uganda’s border, became a friend. Is the best guide to move you around! Truly recommend both of them. Laba africa is the best!
We rented a car with roof tent for three weeks and I can highly recommend Laba Africa.
Great advise for trip preparation and replied instantly to all our (many) question… read more by whatsapp. Also arranged for gorilla trekking which was very pratical.
Car turned out to be great, no mechanical problems. Our rooftent was never used before it was brand-new.
Uganda is a beautiful country with very friendly population. We had a great time.
We went three friends on a safari to Murchison Falls (2 nights) and we had the best time. Everything was timed and organized to the last detail by Sam –… read more the best guide and the best company. We saw so many animals and it was an incredible experience for all of us. Sam was very knowledgable about the animals and the nature in general, which added to the whole experience. We stayed in a great lodge just outside the park. There was great food and a nice pool! We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!
Christopher and I have been filming in Uganda for the past week, and the excellent results we got wouldn’t of been possible without Laba Africa. Top professionals who made our… read more work trip go super smooth. We would highly recommend them to other media professionals.
We rented a car from Laba Africa. They are very service minded and nice people. The car was kept in good condition. Recommended
We hired a land cruiser with a tent on the roof. The car and tent were great and pick up and drop off were very smooth- they met us at… read more our hostel each time.
We had a wonderful time with Laba Africa. From the beginning till the end of the trip we felt welcomed and very comfortable.
The accomodations we‘re well chosen and they… read more even prepared a surprise for our honeymoon :).
Samuel and our driver Alonso know a lot about the country and their way of presenting it to us was very pleasant.
The gorilla trekking in bwindi forest was definitely the highlight of our trip. Only after 30 minutes of walking we met the gorilla family and the rangers made sure that all of us could take nice pictures of the animals without disrespecting their personal space. We can really recommend the Bakiga Lodge for the Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi. The staff was really friendly and the food was great. The view from the top is breathtaking and the lodges are lovely decorated.
All in all a trip we‘ll never forget.
The gorilla trekking with Laba Africa was absolutely gorgeous. We were lucky to find the family after just 20 minutes of walking through forest. The rangers were always helping us… read more to get great pictures and they knew much about the animals.
Our driver Alonso was also very kind and gave us many valuable information on the pearl of Africa.
We really enjoyed every single moment that trip and can recommend it to everyone else.
An amazing experience! We saw so many animals, so many incredible landscapes. We also have the chance to discover the local cultures.
The guides were very nice… read more and we learned a lot!
Every lodge we slept in, was perfectly chosen. Uganda is worth a visit! Go there!
Did a great weekend tour visiting the Mundari tribe near Juba, South Sudan. Everything went well, I really enjoyed the trip.
Traveling with Laba Africa was a great experience!
We saw amazing landscapes and animals in different national parks and spent the nights in beautiful lodges. The guides were extemely… read more nice and fun to be around.
Especially the planning of our trip was amazing. We had some special requests because I wanted to visit some friends in between our Safari tours. That was no problem and got nicely included in our plan for the trip. Whatever we requested was made possible!
I can only recommend traveling with Laba Africa. We will definitely return!
My family and I just came back from a three-week-customized roudtrip of Uganda with Laba Africa. It was a tremendous experience!
Starting with chimp tracking in Kibale, we saw lions… read more the same day in Queen Elizabeth NP. Then on to Ishasha, Lake Mburo NP and jinja, where we had a short break. Then we went to a small village near Soroti to visit friends of our daughter. From there we went on to Karamoja, Kibale NP, Murchison Falls NP before we came back to Entebbe.
It didn’t matter what special requests we made, Laba Africa made them possible, sometimes even more!
But the most important thing is this: The planning of this trip startet in autumn 2019 and it was mostly paid for in January 2020. It should have taken place in March 2020, but then the pandemic destroyed our plans. Through all the insecurities for that 18 months peroid until we finally could make the trip, Laba Africa held contact, took care that our chimp tracking permits did not to expire und charged nothing additional – except for some new requests we had.
So Laba Africa is absolutely the best and most reliable partner for visiting Uganda or any of the other countries they are offering tours to! We will return to Uganda and to Laba Africa for sure!
The best part was definitely chimpanzee tracking, that was an incredible experience! Next amazing part of our trip was community walk, where locals showed us their traditional beer, gin, coffee… read more and basket making. It was great to have time to talk to them :) Game drives through savanas was so amazing, our guide Alonso did everything to try to find the best parts of the park and to find every animal there is to see, but you can never be sure, you’ll be lucky enough to see them all. We also saw Murchison falls, that was so nice, although the boat ride to see them from the river was kind of boring, too long for too little of experience. But overall amazing trip!
We really enjoyed out trip through Uganda with Laba Africa. The tourguides took good care of us and they showed us so many fascinating things! Furthermore, it was very… read more easy to change or add additional things to our already existing program.
I can really recommend a trip with Laba Africa to everyone! :)
Thank you very much to Samuel and his team! We really enjoyed our time in Uganda and with you.
Amazing experience!! Very serious and friendly team!! I really advise this company to travel in Uganda!!!
My friend and I did a 10 days Safari through Uganda which was one of the best things we‘ve ever done! Laba Africa organized an amazing tour and we really… read more enjoyed all of it. They took very good care of us. We also got to know local communities such as the Batwa tribe. Thanks to Samuel for this unforgettable adventure.
The trip was simply amazing! Had an experienced guide(Alonso) who showed is not only ugandian nature, but also explained many things about culture of this country. I would aspecially recommend… read more visiting community near Kibale NP.
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