Lake Turkana Expedition SAFARI -Samburu, Turkana Lake, Baringo Lake
This journey into the Northern Kenya takes you into the sparsely populated and less explored part of Kenya where you will traverse across some of the worst roads in Kenya, come across colorful and captivating tribes and breathtaking scenery. For those true explorers and travellers who want to get off the beaten tourist track and for it, we come highly recommended.
Depart Nairobi in the early morning and proceed towards the slopes of Africa’s second largest mountain at 5199m – Mt Kenya. Afternoon game drive at Ol Pejeta conservancy to see the wildlife including chimpanzees and rhino. We set up camp for the night at Mountain Rock Campsite on the foothills of the mountain (cold night).
DAY 2 SAMBURU
Depart in the morning after breakfast for Samburu game reserve to arrive there in time for the afternoon game drive in the park. Animals to look out for include the uncommon Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, lion, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile are also sighted along the river bed. Accommodation in our semi-permanent campsite beautifully set under a canopy of trees or pitch tents on the edge of Uaso Nyiro River (meaning Brown in Samburu language). Cold showers are available which are amazingly refreshing in the hot, dusty climate.
DAY 3 MARSABIT
Sometimes waking up to the sounds of splashing elephant in the river we head north again along the Trans-African highway to Marsabit. This is an astonishingly cool, green and hilly oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. Lunch en route before proceeding towards the amazing Lake Paradise and you may also visit the lodge. Overnight camping at the base of Marsabit (cold night).
DAY 4 KALACHA
We visit Marsabit town and another volcanic crater before descending back into the desert and lava flows. Lunch en route passing the Kaisut and Chalbi Desert (impassable if wet) as we proceed towards Kalacha. This is a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert inhabited by the Gabbra people (pastoralists particularly attached to their camels). Enjoy an evening sunset, swim at the campsite or watch a Gabbra performance in the evening (optional cost) (windy night).
DAY 5 LAKE TURKANA
We break camp and depart early, crossing the outskirts of the Chalbi Desert transiting North Horr before arriving at Loyangalani town; the base of Lake Turkana. (It is the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometres up to the Ethiopian / Kenyan border surrounded by volcanic rock and desert). We arrive at our semi – permanent beach village 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.
DAY 6 LAKE TURKANA
The day is spent relaxing. Optional activities (payable direct) include visiting the Desert museum, enjoying a swim at the nearby lodge, hire a boat, visit to Turkana and El molo villages and exploration of Loyangalani town by foot.
DAY 7 TUUM CAMEL SAFARI
Departing Lake Turkana via the very rocky road out of the Rift Valley we head south to Tuum, situated on the west of Mt. Nyiro which stands to the East of the Suguta Valley. This is a very scenic but rough drive through lava flows to the broken sands on the edge of the Kaisut desert. After a picnic lunch, you get the chance to walk with camels and Samburu guides in these breath-taking landscapes for a few hours to the foothills of Mt. Nyiro where you set camp together with the guides and camels.
DAY 8 MARALAL
After breakfast we have an early morning walk in the cool and spectacular African sunrise for a couple of hours after which we proceed to Maralal via Baragoi where we spend the night (cold). Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it.
DAY 9 LAKE BARINGO
Heading south we visit Lake Baringo where we spend the night at a campsite sleeping amongst the grazing hippos. L. Baringo is the most Northerly of Kenya’s small Rift Valley lakes; creased with papyrus and well developed acacia forest. Hippos, crocodiles and monitor lizards, numerous birds are effortlessly seen from the shore.
DAY 10 NAIROBI
After breakfast we go on an early morning boat ride in search of hippo, crocodile and numerous bird species. Drive back to Nairobi after breakfast to arrive in the late afternoon.
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Different species of zebras, giraffes and a lot of other animals. View on the Mount Kenya. Not very popular park, so there is peace and quiet, and it’s ideal for people, who are looking for elite safari.
All year except April and May (rain season).
Park Samburu is located about 800 – 1200 m above sea level. It’s popular because of the book (and movie) „White Massai” – story about white woman who throws her previous life for love to the Masai. Samburu tribe represent nomadic lifestyle, their traditions and culture are unchanged for hundreds of years and they are very proud of it. Their simply life is fascinating. Samburu are related to the Maasai. Their clothes are colorful, highly decorated and they wear a lot of necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. It is said, that Samburu is very proud and intelligent tribe.
Samburu game reserve is home to many animals. Some animal species are only found in the North such as the grevys zebra and long necked Gerenuk. You can meet here also elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses. Park is very quiet, away from civilization, and that is why there is so many animals in here. This is the place where you have the unique opportunity to cross the equator.
Northern Kenya, about 530 kms north of Nairobi, travel time about 9 – 12 hours.
Rendille tribes, elephants, kudu.
All year except April and May (rain season).
Marsabit is located southeast of the Chalbi Desert. Marsabit in the local language means „place of cool.” The area is amazingly cool, green and hilly, it rises high above the dry and hot desert areas all around. Local people – tribes Rendille, wearing bright red outfits, beads and earrings, makes this park extremely interesting and full of life.
Marsabit City is the outpost of urban civilization in the desert of northern Kenya. The area has a single extinct volcano Mount Marsabit. There are heavily forested hills here, which create, in contrast to the desert, its own „island” eco-system. Marsabit City now has about 5,000 inhabitants speak the languages of many tribes (Burji, Gabbra, Rendille, Borana, Turkana, Bantu). There is an airstripe in the city. Area inhabited by elephants and kudu. Elephants are often seen as vermin local agriculture.
Southern Kenya, close to the border with Ethiopia. About 800 kms of Nairobi, travel time (by car): 12 hours. It is impossible to get there in one day. There is a small airport by the lake.
The biggest desert lake in the world, wild tribes, cradle of mankind.
All year except April and May (rain season).
Lake Turkana is the biggest desert lake in the world (6405 square kms, more than 260 kms lenght, several dozen kms wodth). Its coastline is longer than entire Kenyan coast. Located in Northern Frontier District, this is a huge lake which is one of the most beautiful place in our planet. This is the place, where was born Europe, America and other continents. This is the beggining of the world.
Burning sun and life-giving water, the largest population of crocodiles, cheetahs, antelopes, traditionally living tribes Turkana, El Molo, Samburu, Gabra, Rendile – all this things you can see in this magical place. In a place called Koobi Fora almost 3 millions years ago the first African was build his own house. This magical place and unreal scenery make huge impression on tourists.
Central Kenya. About 280 kms north of Nairobi, travel time: 5 – 8 hours.
450 species of birds (like pelicans, cormorants, herons), crocodiles, hippopotamuses and many others animals.
All year except April and May.
Lake Baringo is the most Northerly of Kenya’s small Rift Valley lakes. There is no commercial tourism. You can watch here a beautifull birds and their lives around the lake and on small islands. You can boating on the lake and watch crocodiles and hippopotamuses. You can go from here to the hot springs in Bogoria Lake (about 1 hour) and watch there great flamingos.
Lake Baringo is surrounded by mountains and rocky hills. There is also a dormant volcano.
Even if you are not passionate of bird watching, our guide will show you their fascinating life and awaken your new hobby.
You will never forget the silence, peace and birdsongs from Lake Baringo.
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