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8 Days, 7 Nights - Northern Kenya and Lake Turkana safari via Lake Baringo

(Lake Baringo, South Horr, Lake Turkana, Maralal, Samburu)

Highlights

Northern Kenya is barren and lightly populated and an area of Kenya that is completely off the tourism route. The Local Tribes that live here are some of the most captivating people in Africa and are sure to leave a long-lasting impression on you during your visit. These tribes include the nomadic pastoralists the Samburu, Turkana, Rendille, Boran, Gabbra and El – Molo. This expedition is run in sturdy land cruisers or especially designed expedition trucks as you will be travelling off the beaten track on some of Africa's worst roads. You will however get the opportunity to see beautiful mountains and forests, surrounded on all sides by hot dusty deserts. (Lake Turkana).The camp is situated right on the shores of the lake with spectacular views. This Safari is an ideal Safari for clients who do not mind roughing it, and who want to get off the usual tourism route. The Safari not only offers some spectacular scenery with the highlights been the Lakes, but also offers you the chance to meet some of the most remote tribes in Africa, untouched by Western Influence.

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Baringo
Depart Nairobi in the morning stopping at the top of the world to view the Great Rift Valley. Lunch at Nakuru and arrive at Lake Baringo late afternoon. Watch out for hippo while you shower. Depart Nairobi in the morning stopping at the top of the world to view the Great Rift Valley. Lunch at Nakuru and arrive at Lake Baringo late afternoon. Watch out for hippo while you shower.

There are only two fresh water Lakes in the Rift Valley and Lake Baringo is one of them, surrounded by large arid plains it looks like an oasis in a desert.  The lake is also an ornithologist’s paradise since the lake is houses over 450 species of birds including the largest of the heron species, called the goliath heron.  Birds are attracted here because it is filled up with a variety of rare fish species.  Hippos and crocodiles also find the ecosystem favorable along the shores of the lake.  The rock hyrax is another animal that you cannot go without seeing.  Also, nearby is a spectacular hot spring which attracts large numbers of visitors annually. 

All meals and overnight at the campsite

Day 2: Lake Baringo - South Horr
Climb out of the Rift Valley in the morning chill towards Maralal and the red-ochred Samburu people, who are still nomadic and proud.  Then another spectacular climb up Losiolo and down past Baragoi to South Horr where we camp next to a small clear stream.

All meals and overnight at the campsite

Day 3: South Horr – Lake Turkana
Break early in the morning for Lake Turkana. The rough road gets worse as we descend across ancient lava flows towards the Jade Sea and the Oasis Loiyangalani lying between the lake and Mt. Kulal. We arrive at our permanent beach campsite just outside Loiyangalani soon after lunch and settle in our traditional Turkana huts with a cool breeze blowing from the lake. Indeed a perfect place to relax protected from scorching sun and heat characteristic of the harsh climate of this remote area.

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, Issyk-Kul Lake and the (shrinking) Aral Sea, and among all lakes it ranks twentieth. The water is potable but not palatable. It supports a rich lacustrine wildlife. The climate is hot and very dry.

All meals and overnight at the campsite

Day 4: Lake Turkana
We spend the day relaxing and bathing only interrupted by a short boat excursion to visit the surrounding areas where crocodiles and birds may be spotted. In addition, we visit Loiyangalani and the community settled there while in the evening we may visit one of the Turkana Manyattas for traditional dances under a star studded sky at an extra cost if clients wish.

On-shore and off-shore winds can be extremely strong as the lake warms and cools more slowly than the land. Sudden, violent storms are frequent. Three rivers (the Omo, Turkwel and Kerio) flow into the lake, but lacking outflow its only water loss is by evaporation. Lake volume and dimensions are variable. For example, its level fell by 10 meters between 1975 and 1993. Due to temperature, aridity and geographic inaccessibility, the lake retains its wild character. Nile crocodiles are found in great abundance on the flats. The rocky shores are home to scorpions and carpet vipers. Although the lake and its environs have been popular for expeditions of every sort under the tutelage of guides, rangers and experienced persons, they certainly must be considered hazardous for unguided tourists.

All meals and overnight at the campsite

Day 5: Lake Turkana – Maralal
We will go up the Horr valley and back to Baragoi, camping further South at Maralal.

Maralal is a small hillside market town in northern Kenya, lying east of the Loroghi Plateau within the Samburu District. It is the administrative headquarters of the Samburu people. The town has an urban population of 16,281 (1999 census [1]). The market was pioneered by some Somali settlers in the 1920s. Nearby is the Maralal Game Sanctuary. Maralal is also home to Kenyatta House, the location where Jomo Kenyatta was detained prior to his release. The town also serves as a base for tourist activities such as bush walking, whitewater rafting and camel riding. It is also known for camel racing and is surrounded by the Maralal National Sanctuary. The famous Maralal camel derby hosted by Yare Safaris is held here. This is a tourist friendly town with many cheap hotels and friendly people.

All meals and overnight at the campsite

Day 6: Maralal – Samburu National Reserve            
We arrive at Samburu around lunch time and settle in our Permanent campsite beautifully set under a canopy of trees on the edge of Uaso Nyiro River.

Samburu National reserve is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa's big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The Ewaso Nyiro River, the boundary with the neighboring buffalo springs national reserve, is where the elephants buffaloes and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semiarid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colorful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.

All meals and overnight at the campsite

Day 7: Samburu National Reserve
Spend a day game viewing in the park. Elephants abound: you may see lion, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grey's zebra and Oryx.

The Samburu People are semi-nomadic pastoralists with amazing cultures; their dressing to start with is fascinating, they dress in very traditional clothing of bright red material used as skirts and multi-beaded necklaces, bracelets and earring. Following closely is their special relationship with cattle, sheep, camels and goats thus milk is their staple food. At times they mix it with blood. Meat is only eaten on special occasions.  The Samburu, whose language is also called Samburu, are known to make soups from roots and barks and eat vegetables if they grow within their vicinity.

All meals and overnight at the campsite

Day 8: Samburu National Reserve – Nairobi

The road back to Nairobi passes over the high shoulder of Mt. Kenya. Lunch on the way arriving in Nairobi by late afternoon.

Cost per person sharing

2 People US$ 2,385

4 people US$ 2,145

Price includes:

  • Transport in a custom made 4x4 Land cruisers – each person is guaranteed a window seat.
  • Accommodation in Camps on full board basis
  • Game drives/ Park entrance fees
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Flying Doctors emergency evacuation cover
  • Mineral water for drinking

Price Excludes:

  • Hotel accommodations in Nairobi before and after the safari can be arranged on request.
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Cultural visits to Samburu/Turkana Villages
  • Boat ride in Lake Turkana
  • Tipping
  • Drinks
  • Personal effects
  • Extras not mentioned above

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