This lugged expedition will take you in to the heart of Northern Kenya frontier district, where you will traverse along some Africa’s worst roads, see beautiful mountain forests surrounded by hot dusty deserts.
Starting from Samburu Game Reserve, you will see animals on the Ewaso Nyiro river, head north through Marsabit and Chalbi Desert, eventually arrive at the shows of the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana) where you will explore the surrounding area at Loyangalani. The route is inhabited by various nomadic tribes e.g. Samburu, Gabbra, Turkana, Elmolo and Rendille.
Day 1: Nairobi/Samburu
You depart for Samburu early in the morning passing through hush farmlands, cross the Equator where you can stop for pictures. Proceed to Samburu, fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. Arrive by lunch time. Later embark on a late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 2: Samburu
Full day spent exploring the park. The highlights of Samburu game reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserve have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife especially the cats (leopard, cheetah, lion); Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich, Elephant, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, gerenuk, buffalo, grant’s gazelle, waterbuck, baboon, impala, dik-dik, antelope and Crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro River. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuary among them Somali ostrich, go-away birds, secretary bird, lilac-breasted rollers, weavers, sunbirds, hornhills, spurfowl, gineafowl, vultures. Meals and overnight the lodge.
Day 3: Samburu/Marsabit
You head further north along the Trans-African highway to Marsabit, an astonishingly cool, green and hilly oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. The local Rendille and Samburu people in their bright red outfits, beads and earrings make it a vibrant place. Lunch at enroute. We visit 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 on earth. Elephants and greater kudu abound. The dense forest in the park is also home to a variety of birds. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 4: Marsabit/Kalacha
You depart the camp after an early breakfast and drive through the scenic landscape of the arid north with views of picturesque hills. We arrive and camp at Kalacha, a small Gabbra settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert. Dinner and overnight stay at a Kalacha Camp. The Gabbra are an Eastern Cushite people related to the Somali-Rendille in their historical origins in the southern Ethiopian highlands about AD 1000. The men wear traditional shorts and a blanket-cloak and the women wear a wrap-around and head cloth. They are pastoralists, particularly attached to their camels.
Day 5: Kalacha/Loyangalani
You depart early crossing the Chalbi Desert to Lake Turkana which is the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometres up to the Ethiopian / Kenyan border. It is surrounded by volcanic rock and desert. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 6: Loyangalani (Turkana)
The day is spent relaxing. Otherwise, you may visit the local lodge to swim or hire a boat to visit the surrounding area, visit to el Molo/Turkana villages and exploring Loyangalani town (at an extra cost). In the evening, you may visit one of the Turkana Manyattas [at an extra cost for traditional dances. An unforgettable experience under a star studded sky so close you can almost touch it. Meals and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7: Turkana/ Maralal
You depart the Camp soon after breakfast and proceed to Maralal as you journey via the Horr Valley situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol Doinye Mara viewing the breath taking scenery as we continue to climb on torturous, rocky hills to Maralal. Near Maralal is one of the most breath taking scenes in all of Kenya – the Losiolo escarpment, an endless stretch as land drops down to the Suguta valley. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 8: Maralal/Nairobi
Heading south again via Laikipia Plains and Nyahururu, you may stop at the Thomson falls. After lunch you drive back to Nairobi arriving by late afternoon. End of safari