South Sudan NILE RIVER BOAT TRIP THROUGH THE SUDD TO THE CHOLLO KINGDOM
Ten days safari by boat on the River Nile. Starting at Juba, going north on the Nile River, stop at Bor,then passing through the great Sudd Swamp and Zeraf Game Reserve to Fashoda (just upriver and on the other side of the river from Malakal), dock on the river at Fasoda to visit the Chollo (Shilluk) people and then return to Juba taking a different route through the Sudd.
The 21 meter (68 feet) long “Queen Juba” boat to be used on this safari. Two mercury diesel 320 hp engines, fuel tank capacity 1800 liters (enough to cruise Juba to Fasoda and return) . 1 Head. Interior seats will be removed for a community sleeping area of costs with air mattresses. A kitchen, with ice maker, the chef will be located on the upper deck with shade tarp (not pictured).
Showers with water pumped from the Nile will be rigged. Life jackets aboard. Laundress aboard to wash clothes. The boat has water tanks to carry 1000 liters. All drinking water is boiled. Generator for night lights and recharging camera batteries. The boat is 4 meters (13 feet) wide.
DAY 1 – Arrive into Juba on your flight in the morning. Met at the airport and helped through immigration and customs. Driven direct to the boat moored River Nile pier, where lunch will be waiting. Cruise to Bor and anchor for the night in an area famous for Shoebill storks.
DAYS 2 and 3 – Cruise into the great Sudd Swamp and Zeraf Game Reserve, flowing with the Nile River current north. Famous for the birdlife, hippos, islands with elephants, floating islands of papyrus with Nuer fishermen. Anchoring each night.
DAY 4 – Reach the docking area on the Nile River at the Shilluk Villages across and upriver from Malakal. We will dock at Fashoda, the location of the Shilluk Tribal capital.
DAYS 5 & 6 – Many photo opportunities visiting the Shilluk Villages, “perhaps” the King of the Shilluk people will give us an audience, Shilluk dances. Opportunities to buy Shilluk spears, bows, and arrows, jewelry, basketry. All meals and sleeping aboard.
DAYS 7, 8, 9 – Cruising back to Juba against the Nile river current. Side trips when possible will be made into side River channels looking for wildlife and floating islands with Nuer fishermen families. Anchoring at night.
DAY 10 – Arrive back at the Juba River dock in the morning. Transport to the airport 2 hours before your afternoon flight out of Juba. Help through Immigration and customs
Bird watching (bring binoculars & bird book), photography of wildlife, visiting tribal people for photography & trade for artifacts, fishing (bring your own pole and lures) and exploring the greatest wetland on earth, are the high points of this safari.
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