Wildlife Tours

8 Days South Sudan Tour – Hiking Mountain Kenyeti in Imatong Forest Reserve

 Juba, South Sudan
 12th Feb - 01st Jul

Overview

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The 8 Days South Sudan Tour – Hiking Mountain Kenyeti in Imatong Forest Reserve tour takes to climbing south Sudan’s highest mountain. Mountain Kenyeti, in the Imatong Forest Reserve, is the highest mountain in South Sudan at 3187 meters (10,456 feet). The Imatong Forrest is unlike anywhere else in South Sudan with its semi-tropical montane forests. This adventure is for the person who can hike and carry a backpack of their clothes and bedding. We provide two base camps with cooks & tents.

This mountain is at times called Immatong or Matonge and it lies within Imatong state in southeastern South Sudan. It expands to the northern region of Uganda and earlier eastern Equatoria prior to its re-organization of state. Mount Kinyeti on other hand is the highest mountain range and lies at an altitude of about 3187 and the highest in the entire of South and North Sudan. This mountain range experiences an equatorial kind of climate and featured thick montane forests that inhabit a variety of wildlife.

Imatong Mountains

Imatong Mountains range straddle within Torit County on the western side and Ikotos County on the eastern side of Imatong State. It is situated about 190 kilometers southeast of Juba and south of the main road from Torit to the Kenya border with Lokichoggio town. This mountain range stretches steeply from the nearby plains that slope gradually down from about 1000 meters on the South Sudan border area in the south to about 600 meters at Torit in the North.

Most of the plains are crossed by several streams and divided by low rounded ridges and dotted with small gneiss hills outliers of the major mountain range. They formed due to crystalline basement rock which stretches via the tertiary and quaternary unconsolidated deposits of the plains in the South Sudan Uganda frontier zone. The most widely distributed kinds of rock feature leucocratic gneisses endowed quartz. These mountain ranges are sharply faulted and feature as a major source of year-round rivers. They are the highest in the southeast where their many peaks that stretch up to 3000 meters and Kinyeti is the tallest with 3187 meters. The central block group of high mountains around mount Kinyeti is usually called the Lolibai or Lomariti while the high central part along the Uganda part is popular as Lomwaga Mountains.

There are also some subranges and they include Module or Langia Mountains which lie in the southeast of the central block which is also divided from the lower Teretenya ridge to the east by River Shilok tributary of River Koss. These sub-ranges stretch to the northwest, west, and southwest of the central block. The northwest and west ranges are divided by the Kinyeti River valley whereas the west and southwest range by the Ateppi valley. They extend up to a height of 2000 meters with peaks at a height of 2400 meters. The northwestern chain culminates in Mount Konoro and Garia which all stand at a height of 2500 meters.

River Kinyeti plus many other streams that also drain the northern slopes of these ranges feed Badigeru swamps that are approximately 100 kilometers long and have a width of about 25 kilometers. Besides, the area is ecological of great significance as it inhabits wildlife species such as spotted ground thrush while its floral species comprise of deciduous woodland, wooded grassland, and bamboo thickets to the north and west. In other parts in the east and southeast, you will find a rain shadow of these mountain ranges with a dry sub desert grassland or deciduous as well as semi-evergreen bush. They boast of unique floral species comprising of several hundreds of species that exist in only South Sudan.

This is mainly due to the strategic location of these stunning mountain massifs between the West African rain forest, the Ethiopian plateau, and the East African Mountains together with several others. The vegetation cover at the base area comprises of Terminalia, Albizia as well as mixed Khaya lowland semi-evergreen forest that thrives at 1000 meters and beyond this point, you will find a montane forest with Croton, Podocarpus, Albizia whereas the highest point the forest is replaced by agenda woodland, heather thicket and some parts with bamboo. The wildlife species to catch a glimpse at this mountain range include colobus and blue monkeys, bush pigs, local bushbucks, and on the South Eastern Kipia and Lomwaga. The mammal species that live in this area are distinct from the rest of the mammals which are found in most of the parts of the world. It is also an Important Bird Area with mostly spotted ground thrush.

This mountain range is surrounded by the Nilotic people and they include among others Lotuko in the east, Acholi in the west, and Lango on the southern side. This ethnic group mainly practices subsistence farming and rear mostly livestock.

How to get to Imatong Mountain ranges?

These mountain ranges can be reached through Katire which is an old British forestry station. Katire can be reached via a currently graded dirt route from Torit which is the capital of Eastern Equatoria State. Interested hikers are however encouraged to use a 4 wheel drive cars and you will spend about 3 to 4 hours or beside, you can opt for minibusses to Torit from the main river bridge in Juba. You can also set off from Uganda or use air means from Entebbe, Nairobi, or Addis Ababa. It can be best visited during the dry season, especially from November to March. The best campsite is at Katire on the old colonial house and the trail usually takes hikers about two to three hours.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1 - Arrive in Juba and overnight.

Day 2 - Transfer from Juba City to Torit

Day 3 - Proceed to Base Camp 2

Day 4 - Proceed with Hiking.

Day 5 - Hiking to the summit of Mountain Kenyeti

Day 6 - Transfer from Base camp 2 to Base camp 1

Day 7 - Drive Back To Juba Capital City

Day 8 - Departure

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Tour Overview

Availability

Jan 19 - Dec 25

Duration

15D/14N

Pickup Location

pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise

Language

English

Car PickUp

Available

Tour Guide

Included

Included

  • Meals and Bottled Water
  • Local guides for the mountain trails
  • All park fees and Photo permit
  • Individual tent and mattress
  • Showers and toilets
  • Introduction letter to get your visa
  • Full mobile kitchen
  • Airport pick up and airport return
  • 4x4 Tour Vehicles
  • Cook and rain tarps, we provide all dishes, forks, cups.

Excluded

  • Airfare to Juba (see our page on this subject in this web site -"Flying To South Sudan")
  • South Sudan visa and or entry letter
  • Any health expenses or emergency evacuation costs
  • Any costs for delays caused by airlines, weather, mud, political occurances, lost luggage
  • Tips
  • Use of SAT phone at $4 a min. The base camps will have SAT phones as well as your guide.
  • Bring a small flashlite for the nights.
  • Bring good broken in walking boots or shoes with tread
  • A change of good boot socks for each day walking.

Itenary

Day 1
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 1-Arrive into Juba and overnight.
    Today after registration with authority, if time allows you will have juba city tour or on the last day of your tour and finally overnight.

Day 2
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 2 – Transfer from Juba City to Torit
    Have breakfast, Leave early morning for Torit, 190 miles to the east, and have lunch. Then drive south 60 kilometers to Katire, a former colonial logging camp.
    You will have an overnight at base camp 1, with tents, cook, showers and toilets. Here you can leave extra clothes and other items to reduce your backpack weight.

Day 3
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 3- Proceed to Base Camp 2
    After breakfast Ultimate Wild Safaris guides will transfer you to base camp 2 that will be created the day before by our crew. This is more of a fly camp with rain tarps, cook.

Day 4
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 4 - Proceed with Hiking.
    Have breakfast, then depart from base camp 2, ultimate wild safaris crew and cook will lead you on your hiking adventure to another camp. Stop in late afternoon and build camp for the night.

Day 5
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 5 - Hiking to the summit of Mountain Kenyeti
    Have breakfast and then hike to the summit of Mountain Kenyeti by mid day. After exploring the summit, start down the mountain and reach location of base camp 2 that has been moved down the mountain by our crew.

Day 6
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 6 - Transfer from Base camp 2 to Base camp 1
    Have breakfast with our crew of camp 2 following down the mountain to base camp 1 at Katire where the crew will have dinner and cold drinks waiting.

Day 7
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 7 - Drive Back To Juba Capital City
    Have breakfast, then transfer back to Juba and spend night in a hotel.

Day 8
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 8 – Departure
    Fly out of Juba capital city for home.