Trek & Raft South Sudan
Will Ross, October 18, 2011
Secret Compass are a young tour operator that pioneer expeditionary trips around the world. With 2012 departure dates set for trips to Mexico, South Sudan, Afganistan, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka, founders Levison Wood and Tom Bodkin are working on new itineraries in Madagascar, the Congo, Argentina, Iraq and Brazil. As such as young company, Secret Compass are in an ideal position to refresh adventure touring and create demanding trips based around team action. One of Secret Compass’ focuses is to find trips that have a historical relevance, particularly within exploratory myths of previous adventures. As an example, their tour in South Sudan follows the footsteps of one famous explorer, Samuel Baker.
Baker found himself in present day South Sudan in 1863 as he, like many others, searched for the source of the Nile. Other explorers such as David Livingstone helped forge a depiction of Africa as ‘The Dark Continent,’ what Baker called the ‘Lost Heart of Africa.’ South Sudan’s harsh climate has helped preserve an element of adventure in the world’s youngest country. Recently featured on the global news agenda, South Sudan has taken on a new relevance for travellers interested in forging their own opinions of the world’s youngest country.
From the regional capital of Juba, the expedition moves south to Gilo where the trekking begins in the mighty Imatong Mountains. Local guides lead a hike up Sudan’s highest peak, Mount Kinyeti (3187m) before the route diverts to Nimule National Park. After five days of hiking, the trip takes a more relaxed course over four days of rafting on the upper reaches of the Nile. From Juba, rough camping is the order of the expedition so be prepared to handle real adventure with this great itinerary.
- The 14-day trip costs £2950
- Next departure: 3rd February 2012.
- Contact +44 (0)20 3239 8038 (UK) or +1 347 6900 182 (US) for booking.
- Full itinerary.