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8-Day Journey to Mundari and Dinka – The Heart of South Sudan’s Cattle Culture

This 8-day, 7-night Mundari/Dinka Cattle cultural tour is designed to take you to places that have a special draw for photographers.

Photography through geography is what this tour is all about.

This South Sudan tour will provide you with the opportunity to experience two of South Sudan’s most diverse tribes: the Dinka People and Mundari.

Many people migrate to the capital of South Sudan, Juba, but the majority of Dinka and Mundari people are still nomadic pastoralists, and their cattle camps – often with 500 head or more cattle – provide a fascinating glimpse into their way of life.

Their cattle are the main source of wealth and prestige, and when pastures become scarce, this is often the cause of conflict or migration.

The Mundari cattle camps and Dinka cattle camps have more than 500 cows and offer a fascinating glimpse into one of the most populous and arguably the most influential of South Sudan’s tribes.

The Dinka and Mundari are among the most prominent pastoral tribes in the country, and visiting one of their cattle camps, with young boys and cattle living side-by-side, is an opportunity to see the fundamental role these animals play in their community.

Detailed 10-Day South Sudan Cultural Immersion Tour Itinerary

Mundari and Dinka Tour Highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival & Hotel Transfer
  • Day 2: Transfer to Mundari Cattle Camp
  • Day 3: Mundari Cattle Encounter
  • Day 4: Transfer back to Juba
  • Day 5: Transfer to Bor Town
  • Day 6: Dinka Cattle Encounter
  • Day 7: Transfer back to Juba
  • Day 8: Juba City Tour & Departure

Detailed Mundari and Dinka Tour Itinerary

The South Sudan Economy

Day 1: Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Upon arrival at the Juba International Airport in the capital of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, a guide will pick you up at the Airport and take you to the Hotel in Juba where you will spend the night.

Depending on the time of your arrival, we will take you on a short Juba City tour to the largest market in South Sudan, Konyo konyo.

During the tour, you will get an overview of South Sudan’s diverse communities in terms of their dress and facial or body scars. Finally, you will have dinner and spend the night at the Royal Palace Hotel.

Day 2: Transfer to Mundari Cattle Camp

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred from Juba on a 4-hour drive away from Juba. After lunch, we’ll go to a local Restaurant called “Naivasha”.

While it’s technically a lake and a town in Kenya, it has historical ties to South Sudan because it’s the town where the peace talks that led to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the government and the rebels (the SPLM/A) took place.

We’ll then introduce ourselves to state government officials (although they’ll know we’re coming) before driving to Mundari’s cattle camp, where you’ll spend two days.

This camp will be perfect for photography, especially during the evenings and mornings when the cattle come back from grazing.

After that, it’s off to dinner and then overnight camping, with tents close to the cattle camp.

Day 3: Mundari Cattle Encounter

Today is the main day of our Mundari encounter. We will start with early morning photography and then have breakfast.

Then we will continue to explore the Mundari village and their daily life. Tents near the cattle camp.

Day 4: Transfer back to Juba

Breakfast, a photo shoot in the early morning, transfer to Juba, lunch, dinner, and overnight at the Royal Palace Hotel.

Day 5: Transfer to Bor Town

Start your day with an early breakfast at the Royal Palace Hotel, then drive to Bor Town, where you will have lunch, dinner, and an overnight stay in the main town of Bor for Dinka. Accommodation: tents.

Day 6: Dinka Cattle Encounter

Start your day with an early breakfast, then head to meet the cattle camps for your morning photoshoot.

Lunch is then followed by your afternoon and evening photoshoot.

Day 7: Transfer back to Juba

First, you will have morning photo-shoots in Bor. Then, you will drive back to Juba.

Day 8: Juba City Tour & Departure

Start your day with breakfast and then explore the morning Juba city.

Take a tour of the Presidential Palace, the Dr. John Garang mausoleum, the Jubek tomb, and the craft market.

Please note that cameras are not allowed. After lunch, have a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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