8 Days Lake Turkana Cultural & Nature Adventure Safari.

Northern Kenya is lightly populated, untamed and often barren. Setting foot in these parts is like leaving the 21st century; it is an explorer's heaven, and the variety of tribes that live here are some of the most captivating people in the world. They include the Samburu, Turkana, Rendille, Boran, Gabbra and El – Molo. This rugged 1,800-km expedition is run in land cruiser or expedition trucks. You will traverse along some of Africa's worst roads; see beautiful mountain forest surrounded o n all sides by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at our camp o n the shores of the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana).

Duration: 8 Days
Departure: Regular departure throughout the year, check on the tabulated departures dates
Starts: Nairobi
Ends: Nairobi
Accommodation: 2 & 3 ** Hotels & lodges, Tented Camps and Fly camps
Meals: Full time cook
Guides: Resident guides & Porters
Average Walking Distance: 10Km – 17Km
Terrain: Rain Forest, Savannah, bushy acacia trees wilderness, dry river beds and scattered hills
Level of difficulty: Moderate - sound basic fitness required
Host Community: Maasai, other tribes Kikuyu, Kamba and Luo
Mode of transport: Donkeys & 4x4 adventure safari vehicle

The Price:

The Price Includes:

  • Transport.
  • Park entry fee, permits & excursions
  • Accommodation and all meals while on safari as per the itinerary
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide
  • Game drives as per the Itinerary
  • Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
  • Government taxes.

The Price Excludes:

  • Extras at the lodges -tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other personal
    expenses
  • Excursions
  • International air fare
  • Visa

The Itinerary

Arrive -Nairobi The Strand Hotel (HB)

Day 1. Upon arrival at the airport you will be received by our representative who will then transfer you to your hotel.

Lake Baringo Roberts Camp (FB)

Day 2. Depart after breakfast to Lake Baringo one of the lakes on the floor of the Rift Valley. Scenic landscape with clear views of the Tugen Escarpment which part of the western Rift Valley escarpment while on the East the Aberdares ranges establish themselves on the horizon.

Check in by lunch time. Some rest and short walks along the shores before lunch. After lunch take a boat ride to visit the Chamus or Njemps tribe which still exist as they did thousands of years ago fishing in the spectacular lake Baringo using a hand made rafts made of reeds….not a new invention but still something very innovative and obviously successful otherwise it would have been abandoned centuries ago.

They are unique people, though linguistically related to the Masai and Samburu, they have broken from tradition and also fish which is taboo among the Maasai tribes who will not even touch let alone eat fish. Living on the islands in the middle of Lake Bogoria boats are critical or the survival of the Il Chamus. Each boat is one man outfit and men have carved out territories on the lake in which they fish. Each fisherman works in the early morning hours and using line and nets, he catches a variety of small carps and lungfish for home and sale to passing people. The Il Chamus are one of a handful of tribes left in the world that uses this kind of traditional method of fishing. Visit their village as well to talk to the young and old men and women. Return late afternoon to the camp.

South Horr Samburu Youth Sports Centre (FB)

Day 3. After a very early breakfast we journey via Marlal to South Horr situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol Doinye Mara. Stop over for lunch at Maralal as we continue to climb o¬n torturous, rocky hills, viewing the breath taking scenery to South Horr. Check in at the centre late afternoon then after wards walk to the Samburu villages for cultural immersion and dance of the Samburu. Return to the centre late for dinner and overnight.

Lake Turkana-Loiyangalani Palm Shade Camp (FB)

Day 4. From south Horr we head north to the small town of Loyangalani, known as "a place of many trees" in the native Samburu tongue. We arrive at the shimmering blue-green hues of Lake Turkana, known to many as the fabled “Jade Sea” or the “Cradle of Mankind”. It’s the largest desert alkaline lake in the world which supports a complex network of fish, grazing mammals, bird life and predators. This is 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 extraordinary jade. Its lapping shores extend for 288 kilometers up to the Ethiopian / Kenyan border and its modest depths reach up to 140 m. We head to oasis of Loyangalani, where we explore the crystal shores, search for exceptionally large Nile crocodiles and encounter the smallest tribe in Kenya, the El Molo.

Lake Turkana-Loiyangalani Palm Shade Camp (FB)

Day 5 &6. We visit the tribe of the El Molo people, Kenya’s last remaining hunters. Said to have
originated from either Somalia or Ethiopia, the El Molo resides on the “Island of Ghosts” in villages on the shores of Turkana. They live off the land, hunting water species such as fish, hippopotamus and even the cunning Nile crocodile. In the evening we visit a traditional Turkana Manyatta, where we listen to storytelling, watch mesmerizing dances and embrace their traditional music under a blanket of heavy jeweled stars. The blazing hot day is spent discovering the compelling enigmas of the fascinating area as we embark on a boat cruise along the sparkling jade surfaces, spotting crocodiles lazing on the sandy shores, a multitude of birds colouring the big blue sky and hopefully even the occasional water turtle

Marlal Yare Carmel Camp (FB)

Day 7. After a very early breakfast we journey via the Horr Valley situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol Doinye Mara viewing the breath taking scenery as we continue to climb o¬n torturous, rocky hills to Maralal. Stop over for lunch at South Horr. Near Maralal is o¬ne 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 colorful Samburu market and a game sanctuary that lies just outside of town. Maralal is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens o¬nce a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from the four corners of the world

Nairobi Departure

Day 8.Depart after breakfast to Nairobi to arrive late afternoon. Farewell dinner at Carnivore Restaurant later transfer to the airport for departure

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