Rejser til Sydsudan

Det nyeste land i verden inviterer til at blive udforsket i stor skala. En rejse rundt i Sydsudan giver dig et indblik i livsformer, der hurtigt forsvinder eller er forsvundet fra andre lande på det afrikanske kontinent.

Sydsudan er et land fuldstændig uberørt af turisme og hjemsted for nogle af Afrikas fascinerende etniske grupper. Sydsudan er rå og utæmmet, og et af ​​de mest spændende steder at besøge på kontinentet.

Sydsudan tager dig med til en forunderlig verden af ​​unikke oplevelser og repræsenterer meget indbegrebet af eventyrrejse. Mød Toposaerne der er en af ​​Sydsudans mest interessante etniske grupper. De er berømte for deres livsstil baseret på kvæghold. Besøg Mundari og se de traditionelle brydekampe, udforsk de smukke landsbyer i Boya og nyd følelsen af ​​at være en vaskeægte pioner i dette land.

Med sin uafhængighed er Sydsudan blevet tilgængelig, men meget få tager hertil. Dem, der gør, bliver belønnet med enestående eventyr, der ikke findes magen til andre steder.

Grupperejse 1 ► Sydsudan - På opdagelse i verdens yngste nation

Det er desværre ikke muligt at arrangere rejser til Sydsudan i øjeblikket. Så snart det er muligt vil Happy Lama Travel orientere om muligheden for at besøge dette unikke land i vores nyhedsbreve.

Generel information om grupperejser i Sydsudan

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Sydsudan foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Sydsudan.

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Trip Summary

Africa’s newest country, South Sudan, has effectively been off limits for decades – but no longer. This trip allows you an insight into a land that few have ever visited, a country brimming with superb opportunities for fascinating encounters with local people. Starting in the capital Juba we head north to the lands of the Mundari people, known for their scarification techniques as well as traditional wrestling, which we hope to be able to see while here. Heading east we drive to Kapoeta, one of the most remote parts of the country but our base for exploring the villages of the Toposa people, a striking ethnic group with a cattle based economy who live in traditional villages. We are privileged to spend time learning about their culture and customs – few western travellers make it here and you will almost certainly be one of the first westerners to visit these villages. From here, we return west, stopping to meet the colourful Boya people, and discovering the hillside villages of the Lotuko. Finally we head back to Juba via the verdant Imatong Hills. This is not an easy trip – South Sudan is the world’s newest country, emerged from decades of war, and infrastructure outside of Juba is virtually non-existent. However, for those keen to break new ground and really get off the beaten track, there are few better places. This is a chance to experience a part of Africa that has changed little for centuries, the Africa encountered by the Victorian explorers – it doesn’t get much more exciting than this.

Day 1 – Juba

Arrive in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore. Overnight Rainbow Hotel or similar.

Juba
The area of present day Juba has had various names over the years and the actual army post or trading post shifted locations many times. In the 1850s it was known as Gondokoro and marked the southern limits of Egyptian government control. During this period it was used as a base by the explorer Samuel Baker when he was made governor of the region, as well as being the starting point for expeditions further into Central Africa.

From 1894 to 1910 the nearby town of Lado was important, however the river port was called Rejaf, which is just south of present day Juba. In 1922 a group of Greek traders actually settled the location of modern Juba. In the 1930s and 40s Juba was a base for the great flying boats that came down from Europe to Cairo and onward to South Africa, with aircraft landing in the Nile River to re-fuel.

After the peace accords were signed between Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan in 2005, the town started to explode with people arriving from all over the world in search of business opportunities. Merchants from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, England, Greece, China and Korea among others all came to Juba to build a new nation and seek their fortunes. Hotels, restaurants, shops sprung up, often overnight, water purification plants were built, and the population of the city has increased dramatically since this point.

Juba is the capital of South Sudan, and the centre of government. It is also where the late independence leader Dr John Garang is buried – his mausoleum is one of the city’s very few ‘sights’.

Day 2 – Mundari Villages

Drive north towards Terekeka. We turn off the main road and head into the bush to explore the villages of the Mundari people, one of South Sudan’s more traditional ethnic groups. We hope to be able to see a wrestling ceremony while. Return to Juba for the evening. Overnight Rainbow Hotel or similar. (BL)

The Mundari people
The Mundari live in the region north of Juba, mostly in small villages in the bush. Cattle are important to the Mundari, as they are to many of South Sudan’s tribal groups,. And the villages are often marked with tall poles bearing the skulls of bulls. The Mundari are renowned for the style of scarification that they practice – many people have pronounced V-shaped parallel scars on their foreheads, and traditionally the bottom incisor teeth are removed during childhood. Both practices are now discouraged by the new government but are found among many adults. Part of Mundari traditional culture involves wrestling and there are regular matches between rival groups of men, who often decorate their bodies as part of the ritual. These matches are quite fascinating to witness, with different groups of supporters cheering and singing t encourage their teams.

Day 3 – Kapoeta

A long day’s drive east as we head to the town of Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria State. The road can be difficult at times, and we may pass evidence of the civil war in the form of tanks, half hidden in the bush. Overnight Mango Camp. (BL)

Please note that although we use the best hotel in Kapoeta, this is a very remote region and conditions are simple.

Days 4-5 – Toposa Villages

We spend two days exploring the villages of the Toposa people in the region around Kapoeta to learn about their traditional customs and practices. We may also be able to see the small scale gold mining that is taking place. This is a unique opportunity to meet people to whom the modern world is barely relevant. We return to Kapoeta each night. Overnight Mango Camp. (BL)

The Toposa People
The Toposa live in one of the most unforgiving parts of South Sudan, in a landscape of rocky ground and thorny acacias. Closely related to the Turkana in Kenya – one of their traditional enemies – and the Karamojong of northern Uganda, the Toposa lifestyle is based around livestock, and they are notorious for cattle raiding. Many Toposa still wear the traditional dress – for women this consists only of animal skin around their waist, while men are naked. The Toposa are however changing and those living nearer to Kapoeta are starting to adopt the habit of wearing clothes, although for women at least this still retains an air of more traditional way with brightly coloured cloth, or simply skirts, to replace the skins.

The Toposa also practice body scarification, although very differently from the Mundari. There are two main styles. Chests, stomachs and backs can be patterned in hundreds of tiny scars to produce a large design – less commonly these also cover the face. Perhaps the more dramatic style entails larger cuts being made, which when healed leave enormous raised scars, often on the upper arms or chest. The Toposa also practice tooth removal.

Weapons are important to the Toposa and you will see many men and even teenagers carrying Kalashnikovs, which became widely available during the civil war. While the Toposa are generally very friendly please bear in mind that tribal authority takes precedent over anything else in the villages, and we ask that you follow your tour leader’s advice at all times.

Day 6 – Boya Villages - Torit

Return along the road leading to Juba. We drive into the bush to explore the villages of the Boya people, situated between some small and picturesque hills. From here we continue to Torit for the night. Overnight Hotel Torit or similar. (BLD)

The Boya People
The Boya live in the areas surrounding the small settlement of ‘Camp 15’, in villages that can hold several hundred people. The women usually wear colourful beads, and some younger women are starting to adopt the scarification practices of the Toposa, with whom there has previously been conflict. The Boya are noted for the colourful decoration and unusual design of their houses.

Day 7 – Lotuko Villages

Visit some of the villages of the Lotuko people, the dominant ethnic group in the region around Torit. We visit some pretty villages tucked away among rock hillsides, before returning to Torit for the night. Overnight Hotel Torit or similar. (BLD)

The Lotuko people
The Lotuko people are mostly found in the area around Torit, and number around 100,000 in total. Made up of a number of different sub-groups, the Lotuko live in scattered villages. Many of these are now perched halfway up the hillsides that neighbour Torit – during the civil war many villages relocated to higher ground for greater security. Many houses are built on terraces of stones, blending well into the mountains. Traditionally a number of villages were under the central authority of a ‘rain-maker’, whose responsibility it was to commune with the spirits to ensure rain and thus a profitable harvest. Each clan within the Lotuko was traditionally associated with a particular animal. In traditional villages one can still find the stone enclosures, constructed as a specific meeting place for the menfolk of the village. Although the Lotuko have by and large adopted many western traditions and styles of dress, their villages are very different from those that you will have seen before, and well worth a visit.

Day 8 – Imatong Hills - Juba

Drive through lush scenery to the Imatong Hills, where we stop to explore a village belonging to the friendly Imatong people. Afterwards, we return to Juba for our final night. Overnight Rainbow Hotel or similar. (BL)

The Imatong Mountains
The Imatong Mountains are situated east of Juba and hold the distinction of being the home of South Sudan’s highest peak, Mt Kinyeti, at 3187m. First visited by the British explorer Samuel Baker in 1863, they have been largely isolated from other areas and are remote enough to have provided a haven for the Lord’s Resistance Army during the time of the civil war. The people here practice subsistence farming, and the climate makes this more viable than in other areas – annual rainfall is around 1500mm and you will notice that the region is far greener than other areas you will have passed through.

Day 9 – Juba

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Det er desværre ikke muligt at arrangere rejser til Sydsudan i øjeblikket. Så snart det er muligt vil Happy Lama Travel orientere om muligheden for at besøge dette unikke land i vores nyhedsbreve.

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