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GTC 1: 10 Days Lake Turkana via Ol Pejeta / Samburu / Marsabit / Chalbi Desert / Lake Baringo

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Highlights: Ol pejeta Wildlife Conservancy home to the largest black Rhino and Chimpanzee sanctuary, Views of Mt Kenya on clear days from its foothills, Samburu Game Reserve; home to the Gerenuk and Grevys Zebra endemic to the North, Marsabit National Park; cool, mountainous with the amazing (but windy) Gof Redo crater, The Kaisut and Chalbi deserts; enjoy the dust devils and mirages! Lake Turkana; amazing view of the Jade sea promising fantastic sunsets and dramatic scenery; The Samburu, Gabbra, Borana, El molo, Turkana, Pokot tribes, look out for hippos in Baringo whilst enjoying a boat ride, Camel walk alongside local tribes' people in Tuum

Safari Summary:

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 rugged roads in Kenya, come across colorful and captivating tribes and breathtaking scenery. Crocodile Racers will take you from the semi-arid / savannah type geography and wildlife of the Samburu area to the mountainous cool Marsabit into the desert environs of the Chalbi desert (impassable if wet) finally greeting the brilliant jade sea (Lake Turkana) before enjoying a camel ride in Tuum alongside the Samburu herdsmen. For the zealous adventurous, join us for an experience like never before.

Day 1: Nairobi – Mt. Kenya

Depart Nairobi in the early morning and proceed towards the slopes of Africa's second highest mountain at 5199m Mt Kenya. An afternoon game drive at Ol Pejeta conservancy to see the wildlife including Chimpanzees and Rhinos. We set up camp, dinner and overnight at Mountain Rock Campsite on the foothills of the mountain (cold night). (Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 2: Mt Kenya – Samburu

Early departure after breakfast for Samburu Game Reserve to arrive 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, Lions, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephants and Crocodiles 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. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: Samburu – Marsabit

At times, waking up to the sounds of splashing elephants in the river as we head North 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 we may also visit the lodge. Overnight camping at the base of Marsabit (cold night). (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: Marsabit – 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). (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: Kalacha – 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. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 6: Lake Turkana

The day is spent relaxing. We visit the El molo tribe. Other options include visiting the Desert museum, enjoying a swim at the nearby lodge; hire a boat and exploration of Loyangalani town on foot. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 7: Lake Turkana – 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, we 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 we will set camp together with the guides and camels. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 8: Tuum – 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. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 9: Maralal – Lake Baringo

After breakfast, head south visiting Lake Baringo where we will 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, Monitor lizards, numerous birds are effortlessly seen from the shore. (Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner)

Day 10: Lake Baringo – Nairobi

After breakfast, set for an early morning boat ride in search of Hippos, Crocodiles and abundant bird species. After a well deserved adventure, drive back to Nairobi arriving late in the afternoon. (Breakfast & Picnic lunch)

NB: Quoted price is subject to change without notice should necessitating factors dictate. These may be influenced by changes in government policies, intermittent exchange rates among other factors.

Charges are inclusive of:

  • Return road transport in our customized 4x4 vehicles with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Game drives
  • Basic camping in tents on full board basis as reflected in the itinerary
  • Camping fees & a mattress
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Services of our professional chef and driver guide

Charges are exclusive of:

  • Visa and any related fees
  • Park entry fees
  • Medical, travel & personal insurance cover
  • Drinks
  • Hire of sleeping bag (charges at KES 300 per sleeping bag per night)
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Any other item not mentioned in the inclusive list
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