Day 1 Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve
Depart Nairobi after breakfast and drive north via Nanyuki
and Mt. Kenya to the remote, semi-arid Samburu. This is
the homeland of the nomadic Samburu people, whose culture
attaches great value to tending their livestock of cattle,
sheep, goats and camels as their main economic activity.
Samburu is rich in species not seen in southern Kenya's
more famous parks, such as Grevy's zebra, reticulated
giraffe, kudu and gerenuk. You'll also have a good chance
at spotting lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. The
semiarid landscape is dramatic, with the rugged outcrop
of Mt. Ololokwe a prominent feature. The Ewaso Ngiro River,
which forms the southern boundary of the reserve, attracts
many birds and is a popular watering hole for elephants.
Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and some relaxation,
then take an evening drive for more game viewing. Enjoy
searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful
area guided by your expert driver, who will amaze you
with his ability to spot game hidden in the bush. 2 nights
at Wilderness Samburu Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch &
Dinner) [Or Similar].
Day 2 Samburu Game Reserve
Full day in Samburu with morning and afternoon game drives.
The region is home to the uncommon Grevy's zebra with
huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs
to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and
the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile are guaranteed sightings,
excellent bird watching with numerous varieties of weaverbirds
and the martial eagle. Leopard sighting is also a special
feature here. Meals and overnight at the Wilderness
Samburu Lodge, Full Board [Or Similar].
Day 3 Marsabit Town / Marsabit National
We head north again along the Trans-African highway to
Marsabit (meaning place of cold), an astonishingly cool,
green and hilly oasis rising high above the dry heat of
the surrounding desert lands. The local Rendille and Samburu
people in their bright red outfits, beads and earrings
make it a vibrant place.
After lunch, we visit the lodge inside the National park
and as long as the roads are dry we drive to Lake Paradise
and Little Lake. Here, an indigenous forest and a desert
come together to create one of the most awesome landscape
on earth. Elephants and greater kudu abound. The dense
forest in the park is also home to a variety of birds.
Meals and overnight at the Marsabit Lodge, Full
Board [Or Similar].
Day 4 Kalacha (Chalbi Desert)
We depart after an early breakfast through the scenic
landscape of the arid north with views of picturesque
hills. We arrive and camp at Kalacha, a small Gabbra settlement
on the edge of the Chalbi Desert.
The Gabbra are an Eastern Cushite people related to the
Somali-Rendille in their historical origins in the southern
Ethiopian highlands about AD 1000. The men wear traditional
shorts and a blanket-cloak and the women wear a wrap-around
and head cloth. They are pastoralists, particularly attached
to their camels. Afternoon at leisure at this idyllic
town. Meals and overnight at the Our Tented Camp,
Full Board [Bandas Also Available].
IMPORTANT NOTES - "Sibiloi
National Park / Koobi Fora / Ileret"
On our longer safari (10
Days) we slot in two extra days whereby we detour further
North to Sibiloi National Park / Koobi Fora Museum from
where we can easily visit the acheological / excavation
sites as well as Ileret located further north bordering
Ethipoia. More nights can be arranged depending on the
guest preferences. Please
Day 5 - Lake Turkana (Loyangalani) - Turkana
We depart Kalacha Town early crossing the Chalbi Desert
to Lake Turkana which is the largest desert lake in the
world and extends for 288 kilometres up to the Ethiopian
/ Kenyan border. It is surrounded by volcanic rock and
desert. We arrive at Oasis Lodge; nestled amongst the
Doum Palms in the semi desert of northern Kenya, near
Lake Turkana, presents a very special opportunity for
a unique safari catering to the more adventurous clients
who want to see the Kenya that few have seen - making
it a perfect place to relax, protected from the scorching
sun and heat characteristic of the climate of this remote
Lunch at the Oasis Lodge
Time permitting, visit the Loyangalani Museum (Desert
Museum), the Turkana, Rendille, El Molo and villages of
other tribes, have a sundowners cocktail by the seaside
as the sun sets or take a boat ride the lake's South Island
before enjoying an evening of authentic traditional dancing
by the Turkana Tribes. Meals and overnight at the Oasis
Lodge, Full Board [Or Similar].
Day 6 - Lake Turkana (Loyangalani) - Turkana
This morning we visit Mount Kulal Forest reserve. Return
for lunch after which you are free to enjoy the relaxing
atmosphere in the shade of the doum palms, a cool drink
at the famous bar, or just swim in the pool. Recently
renovated, Oasis Lodge also hosts two lovely pools fed
by natural hot springs.
Turkana, formerly L. Rudolf is now named after one of
the tribes who live on its shores and it is in this area
that Optionally, you may visit the famous Koobi Fora Museum
where Richard Leakey uncovered the three million year
old fossils of 'Homo Erectus.' This pre historic site
is now known as the "Cradle of Mankind". On
our twelve days package, we add two nights at Sibiloi
National Park from where we can make day excursions to
Koobi Fora and Ileret, village close to the Ethiopian
border, inhabited mainly by Dassanach people. Visit to
palaeonthological museum and to the footprints of a homo
erectus family, only the second such fossilized prints
dis- covered so far after the ones of Laetoli.
Lake Turkana is also known as the "Jade Sea"
because of its remarkable blue green colour. This
is as a result of algae particles, which shift with changes
of the wind and light, so that the water surface shifts
from blue to grey to fabulous jade. The lake is home to
the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the world.
If the weather permits we take a short sunset boat ride
to the surrounding areas.
IMPORTANT NOTES - "Turkana
Lake Turkana Cultural Festival
has become an important element of Kenya's annual event
calendar. The festival encapsulates the traditional knowledge,
beliefs and values of communities in Marsabit County.
This annual event provides an opportunity to travel to
explore Northern Kenya and enjoy myriad of colorful cultures
while discovering treasures of the region. The event features
unique performances and cultural traditions of at least
twelve ethnic communities which live in Marsabit County:
El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra,
Burji, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee,and Waata. The presentation
of the customs and living conditions of the twelve tribes,
their spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts,
dances and music is a unique and fascinating experience
particularly in light of the stunning geographical
characteristics and the limited general knowledge about
the Lake Turkana and Marsabit County. NB:
We normally stay here for 4
nights during this annual mid-year event. Please
Day 7 Maralal Town
With our lunch boxes, we depart after break fast via the
South Horr Valley situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol
Doinye Mara viewing the breath taking scenery as we continue
to climb on torturous, rocky hills to Maralal. Near Maralal
is one of the most breath taking scenes in all of Kenya
the Losiolo escarpment, an endless stretch as land
drops down to the Suguta valley.
Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people
and has a distinctly frontier feel about it, like something
out of a 'wild west' movie. It boasts a colourful Samburu
market and a game sanctuary that lies just outside of
town. Maralal is also home of the Maralal International
Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and
October and attracts riders and spectators from the four
corners of the world. We stay here for a night to break
the long journey to Nairobi. Meals and overnight at the
Maralal Lodge, Full Board
IMPORTANT NOTES - "Post
Turkana Extension - Lake Bogoria Spa"
Most people opt to spend
2-3 days of "healing" at the Lake Bogoria Spa
Resort after the Turkana Expedition. Lake Bogoria Reserve
popularly known for the bubbling hot springs and steaming
geysers. Lake Bogoria Spa Resort is the only spa resort
in Kenya with a naturally heated Spa pool - the pool water
is heated by hot water that naturally occur in the area
from the hot-springs scientifically known as geysers.
The resort has earned popularity owing to peoples belief
in it to provide therapeutic values associated with the
spa and the hot spring geysers. It is now considered as
the healing place and people flock at the spa for its
midicinal values. Also, admire the pink and white swathes
of flamingos on the soda lake. The Reserve also plays
host to the greater shy kudu, an antelope with spiraling
horns as well as impalas, grant gazelles, cheetahs and
water bucks. Please ENQUIRE
Day 8 Back To Nairobi
Heading south again via Laikipia Plains and Nyahururu
we may stop at the Thomson falls named after Joseph Thomson
who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early
1880s. Shaped by the waters of the Ewaso Narok River,
the falls plunge over 72m into a rift, spraying the dark
forest below. After lunch we drive back into Nairobi by
mid afternoon. This marks
the end of this exciting and educative Turkana Adventure
and Cultural Tour!