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Turkana Adventure and Cultural Tour - Koobi Fora
LAKE TURKANA (Koobi Fora) - "The Cradle of Mankind"

Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is a lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. It is the world's largest permanent desert lake and the world's largest alkaline lake. The Lake is also known as the "Jade Sea" because of its remarkable blue – green colour. The Lake Turkana area is regarded by many anthropologists as the cradle of humankind due to the abundance of hominid fossils. Many athropologists from all over the world visit its rich archeological sites to study these fossils since the discovery of a two-million-year-old skull in 1972. The famous archaeologist Richard Leakey has led numerous anthropological digs in the area which have led to many important discoveries of hominin remains.

Turkana is an outstanding region in terms of diversity of plant and animal communities, its unique geographical features, the richness of the surrounding traditional peoples and their cultures, notwithstanding the abundance of fossils especially hominid fossils, that earned it the name 'The `Cradle of Mankind' which has contributed more to the understanding of paleo-environments than any other site on the continent. The three Turkana National Parks serve as a stopover for migrant waterfowl and are major breeding grounds for the Nile crocodile, the Lessor Flamingo and hippopotami. In recognition of the above factors UNESCO listed the Parks as a natural World Heritage Site.

At Africhoice, we organize carefully designed tour programs to suite your needs whether for archeological study, cultural study including the Dassanech Dimi Ceremony and more. Transport is by custom built four by four Land cruisers that seat 7 people and accommodation is in more up - market hotels available along the route. We care and value our guests' comfort and we only go for the best accommodation option available. We endeavour to give you our client a mix of the above ingredients for an unforgettable experience in and around Lake Turkana. Here is one of the popular tours we operate but we also offer tailor-made shorter or longer safari programs depending on your preference.

Areas of Interest: Northern Frontier District, Samburu Game Reserve(Gerenuk and Grevys Zebra), Marsabit National Park, Kalacha, Chalbi Desert, Loiyangalani, Lake Turkana, Turkana Villages, Maralal, Nyahururu, Thomson Falls.

Activities: Culture, Ethnic, Samburu village visit (optional extra cost), Boat Ride, Wildlife, Camping, Traditional Turkana Bandas, El molo village visit, Bird Watching, Scenery, Photography, Swimming Facilities (optional at extra cost), Use of Oasis Lodge Facilities

ITINERARY: 8 Days- Turkana Safari via Chalbi Desert
Limited to 12 participants per departure, this educational cultural trip leaves nothing to chance taking you to some undiscovered remote locations of northern Kenya away from the mass tourism experienced in other areas both in comfort and style. *Conditions apply. This tour is open thoughout the year - Route Map
Lake Turkana Adventure and Cultural Tour - Route Map

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 Park
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]. [Or Similar].

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 ENQUIRE for details.

Day 5 - Lake Turkana (Loyangalani) - Turkana Cultural Festival
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 area.
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 Cultural Festival
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 Cultural Festival"
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 ENQUIRE for details.

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 [Or Similar].

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 for details.

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!

PACKAGE (I): 2016 - 2017 [8 Days Regular Package]
Rate: Per Person Sharing
Single Room Supplement
US$ 3,950
US$ 695
US$ 3,740
US$ 695
12 PAX
US$ 3,540
US$ 695
NB: Special Rates For Private Groups Also Available On Request
PACKAGE (II): 2016 - 2017 [10 Days With Sibiloi / Koobi Fora]
Rate: Per Person Sharing
Single Room Supplement
US$ 4,640
US$ 715
US$ 4,440
US$ 715
12 PAX
US$ 4,240
US$ 715
NB: Special Rates For Private Groups Also Available On Request
PACKAGE (III): 2016 - 2017 [12 Days Turkana Cultual Festival]
Rate: Per Person Sharing
Single Room Supplement
US$ 5,950
US$ 865
US$ 5,740
US$ 865
12 PAX
US$ 5,540
US$ 865
NB: Special Rates For Private Groups Also Available On Request
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INCLUDED In Turkana Adventure and Cultural Tour
Full board accommodation whilst on the trip as specified
Transport in custom-built safari truck a with window seat guarantee
Free supply of bottled mineral water on safari and game drives
All Park Entry Fees at all parks / game reserves visited
All day excursions mentioned in the itinerary
Proffessional Tour Leader / Guide / escort
Unlimited game viewing drives / photo sessions per day whilst on safari
Armed Security Escort (Where Need Be)
Services of an English - speaking and professional safari drivers
EXCLUDED In Turkana Adventure and Cultural Tour
International Airfares in and out of Nairobi, Kenya.
Tourist entry Visa to Kenya (US$ 50 PP) also available on arrival
Travel Insurance Cover, Personal or Baggage (Recommended)
Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions and/or quoted separately
Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, internet, laundry etc.
All alcoholic drinks, wines and spirits.
Tips and gratuities to driver guides/lodge/hotel staff
All other extras not mentioned in the 'included'
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
VALUE ADDED FEATURES: The AfriChoice! Difference
Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme*
Complimentary 'AfriChoice!® Authentic African Safari Hat

NB: The AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme ONLY covers the cost of evacuating the casualties from emergency site to the nearest hospital by air or ground ambulance but does not cover hospitalization bills.
Tailor-Made Tours and Safaris: Also Available

We also operate this tour for organized groups and students willing to explore as a private group and not willing to join one of our set departure. To get more information on a custom-designed safari package or experience, do not hesitate to Contact Us or simply complete our short Booking Enquiry Form. A safari consultant or representative from our office will get in touch with you.

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