15 Days Lake Turkana Expeditions “The Jade Sea”

Lake Turkana is situated northwestern part of Kenya Kenya's most rugged and wild region, and is definitely for the more adventurous. Truly off the beaten track, a visit here gives an experience that is "raw" in every sense of the word. Deserted nature reserves, empty roads and inaccessible mountains, the area is naturally undisturbed and boasts two World Heritage Sites (Sibiloi and Central Island), and is also integral to research into man's origins - Koobi Fora is the site of several key archaeological discoveries.

El Molo Bay is the home of the smallest tribe in Kenya, the El Molo. The grass shelters that are their homes sit prettily on the bank from which they make their living on subsistence fishing, and the people are extremely friendly, so the price it costs to walk through the village is worth it.

Arrive -Nairobi Heron Hotel (FB)

Day 1. Arrive this morning or in the evening in the city of Nairobi and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Masai Mara G/Re OL-Moran Tented Camp (FB)

Day 2. Depart to Masai Mara G/Re after breakfast, this is where you will enjoy the herd of animals and the amazing way they co-exist amongst each other. Get here by lunch time, after you refresh, have lunch relax as you wait to start the afternoon game drive.

Masai Mara G/Re OL-Moran Tented Camp (FB)

Day3. Optional early morning balloon safari and bush breakfast. Have full day game drive and cultural immersion in this great game reserve declared a “world wonder” by UNESCO due to the great wildebeest migration spectacle in the Mara-Serengeti eco-system. Get a closer look of the animal on the plains, with their endless vistas and enormous herds of grazing animals, look for the predators hidden in bushes or long grass i.e. lion, Cheetah and Leopard. There are hippos in the rivers and exotic birds everywhere. Dinner and overnight.

Lake Baringo Roberts Camp (FB)

Day 4 &5. 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.

Two days of extensive walking and boat excursions to the central island of the lake home to the Njemps people closely related tribe to the Masai though unlike the Masai who are pastoralists their main activity is fishing using traditional boats made of reeds and palms wood. The lake host various birdlife including the fantastic Fish eagle and hippos which can be seen grazing early morning and evenings. Visit the Pokot village a nomadic tribe that live on the hash dry and remote parts of the Rift Valley.

South Horr Samburu Youth Sports Centre (FB)

Day 6. Depart after breakfast and drive to South Horr via Loruk, Mugie into Marlal town for lunch. After lunch proceed further up the escarpment down to the expansive wilderness of Baragoi to South Horr. Arrive late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

South Horr Mt Ngiro Base Camp(FB)

Day 7. After breakfast meet the guides and other expedition members later depart South Horr with Samburu worriors as your guides and hike to Mt Ngiro. Here you set up camp at the base where you have fantastic views of Suguta Valley. Mt Ngiro is an island haven with tropical forest in the desert. Extensive excursions in the forest and view points.

Mt. Nyiru Suguta Valley Camp (FB)

Day 8. After breakfast dismantle your campsite and walk to Ruum where you saddle your pack animals and hike into Suguta Valley with its desert scenery, salt lakes, volcanic cones and plugs. Camp at a suitable place in the valley. Use your water sparingly. Suguta is an arid part of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya directly south of Lake Turkana. The valley is floored by a seasonal stream complex, the Suguta River, which terminates in the seasonal playa lake Lake Alablab. Lake Logipi, a saline, alkaline lake that is often inhabited by flamingoes, lies at the northern end of the valley, where it is separated from Lake Turkana by a complex series of volcanoes called the Barrier. This region is sparsely populated. Members of the Turkana people live in parts of the Suguta Valley.

Lake Logipi Logipi Camp (FB)

Day 9. After breakfast you walk to Lake Logipi with its Cathedral rock. The lake hosts flamingoes. Camp by the lake Side. Lake Logipi is a saline, alkaline lake that lies at the northern end of the arid Suguta Valley in the northern Kenya Rift. It is separated from Lake Turkana by the Barrier volcanic complex, a group of young volcanoes that last erupted during the late 19th Century or early 20th Century. Saline hot springs discharge on the northern shoreline of Lake Logipi and at Cathedral Rocks near its southern limit, and help to maintain water at times of extreme aridity.

Lake Turkana Southern Lake shore Camp (FB)

Day 10.Early breakfast and Walk to lake Turkana via Kokorinya ridge before the sun heats up. Scenic landscape doted with volcanic rocks and from a distance the green / blue shimmering Lake Turkana. Camp by the lake shore

Lake Turkana Palm Shade Camp (FB)

Day11-13. After breakfast walk east past Teliki volcano to Von Honels Bay where we will meet transport to take us to Loiyangalani. Lake Turkana formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is a lake in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. It is the world's largest permanent desert lake and the world's largest alkaline lake. By volume it is the world's fourth largest salt lake after the Caspian Sea, Lake Issyk-Kul and the (shrinking) Aral Sea, and among all lakes it ranks twentieth. It supports a rich lacustrine wildlife. The climate is hot and very dry. The rocks of the surrounding area are predominantly volcanic.

Central Island is an active volcano, emitting vapors. Outcrops and rocky shores are found on the East and South shores of the lake, while dunes, spits and flats are on the West and North, at a lower elevation. Native peoples who live around lake Turkana include the Turkana, Rendille, Gabbra, Daasanach, Hamar Koke, Karo, Nyagatom, Mursi, Surma and the least populated tribe in Kenya El- Molo.

Marlal Yare Carmel Camp (FB)

Day14. Depart very early and drive to Marlal with a stop over at South Horr for lunch. Proceed further to arrive late afternoon.

Nairobi Departure (FB)

Day15. After breakfast drive to Nairobi to arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure, farewell dinner before been transferred to the airport for departure.

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