8 Days Lake Turkana bus tour Camping Safari
Northern Kenya where the event will takes place 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 is a 8 day expedition to Northern Kenya that avoids the rigorous journey across the Chalbi Desert but still transverses rugged country to the frontiers of Kenya and the Lake Turkana. Transport is by custom built four by four Land cruisers that seat 7 people and accommodation is in canvas tents that are pitched in the middle of the African Wilderness to create a private camp.
This rugged 1,800-km expedition is run in land cruiser or expedition trucks. You will traverse along some of Africa's worst roads towards the lake Turkana; 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). We have been offering this as our best selling safari for over 10 years especially for those true explorers and travelers who want to get off the tourist beaten track. You will see a great variety of tribes during the tour and cross the Chalbi Desert .
Day 1: Nairobi – Maralal
Pick up from your hotel as early as 0630am after early breakfast then We depart heading to Maralal via Nyahururu (stop at Thompson falls briefly for lunch. After lunch proceed on up north where we step in on the muram road which becomes bumpy as we proceed on north.The drive normally takes not less then 8-9 hours to get to Maralal, on arrival we will check in Sunbird Hotel which is just within Maralal town for refreshments. Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it. It is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from all over the world. (Dinner and overnight in Sunbird Hotel based on full board}
Day 2: Maralal – Lake Turkana
After breakfast, we start the long journey driving via Baragoi and South Horr to arrive at our semi – permanent beach campsite where we have our traditional Turkana Huts (if still available; if not we pitch tent at an alternative campsite) which make it a perfect place to relax protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the climate of this remote area. Lake Turkana is the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometers up to the Ethiopian-Kenyan border surrounded by volcanic rock and desert. Dinner and overnight in Loiyangalani Bandas based on full board (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)
Day 3: Lake Turkana
The day is spent relaxing and you may visit the local or hire a boat to visit the surrounding area (at an extra cost). In addition, we may visit Loiyangalani and the community settled there while in the evening visiting one of the Turkana Manyattas [optional] for traditional dances at an extra cost if clients wish. We can even visit the Elmolo tribe which is the smallest tribe in Kenya and have good time with them. Turkana, formerly L. Rudolf is now named after one of the tribes who live on its shores and it is in this area that Richard Leakey uncovered the three million year old fossils of ‘Homo Erect-us.’ This pre historic site is now known as the “Cradle of Mankind”. The Lake is also known as the “Jade Sea” because of its remarkable blue – green color. 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 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. Dinner and overnight in the Bandas camp.
Day 4: Lake Turkana – Kalacha
After an early breakfast, we cross the Chalbi desert (if dry) via North horr towards Kalacha. If it has rained, we shall use another route avoiding the desert. Kalacha is a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert inhabited by the Gabbra people (pluralists particularly attached to their camels). We enjoy an evening sunset, swim at the campsite or watch a Gabbra performance in the evening (optional cost) (windy night). (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)
Day 5: Kalacha – Marsabit
Break camp in the early morning as we head south towards Marsabit (meaning place of cold); an astonishingly cool, green and hilly oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. En route we stop to enjoy views of the massive Gof Redo crater and desert landscape. The area is home to the local Rendille and Samburu people abundant in their bright red outfits, beads and earrings. This will be a cold night. After setting up camp, we visit the lodge inside the National park and as long as the roads are dry we drive up to Lake Paradise and Little Lake. Here, an indigenous forest and a desert come together to create the most compelling landscape o¬n earth. Elephants and greater kudu abound. The dense forest in the park is also home to a variety of birds. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)
Day 6: Marsabit – Samburu
Depart early morning along the trans-African highway towards Samburu with lunch en route. Afternoon game drive at Samburu National Reserve. Accommodation is in our semi-permanent campsite, beautifully set under a canopy of trees or we may pitch tents o¬n the edge of Ewaso Nyiro River (meaning Brown in Samburu) if they are occupied. Cold showers are available which are amazingly refreshing in the hot, dusty climate. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)
Day 7: Samburu Full Day
The day is spent game viewing in the park. Samburu is part of a lava plain that includes a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings, some large enough to be called mesas. 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 though we have to search for it especially in the morning when hunting for its meals, you either spot it early in the morning or in the afternoon because most of the day, it spend its time under the rocks or trees to shed its self from the hot sun. Dinner and overnight in the campsite.
Day 8: Samburu – Nanyuki - Nairobi
Early Morning game drive as early as 0600am, then return to the camp for the main breakfast, there after check out the Camp and proceed back to Nairobi with a stop over for lunch in Nanyuki. After lunch leave for Nairobi arriving late afternoon with a drop off in your hotel or residential house
The cost per person sharing is 1260
Included In The Package
Transport with Safari designed with pop up 4x4 Toyota Land cruiser
Park entrance fees
Three meals in a day while on adventure
Pickups and drop off
Accommodation in Tented Camps and guest house
Excluded In The Package
Tips for driver/cook/guide
Boat Ride in Molo
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