NAHNKCS-002, 9 Days Nothern Kenya Cultural Safari

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NAHNKCS-002, 9 DAYS NORTHERN KENYA CIRCUIT

Trip highlights : Northern Kenya 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 rugged 1,800-km expedition is run in land cruiser. You will traverse along some of Africa’s worst roads; see beautiful mountain forest surrounded on all sides by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at Oasis Lodge (Lake Turkana).

Day 1:Nairobi - Samburu

Depart Nairobi early in the morning. Lunch at Nanyuki, a very lively town with a variety of business activities. Its here where the base for both Kenya and British Army training is located. Also, it is at this point that one can cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere of the world by crossing the equator, 210kms from Nairobi. Nanyuki is right at the base of Mt. Kenya, the snow caped and the 2nd highest peak in Africa at 5,199m high.

Arrive in Samburu in the evening making enroute game drive,

Camp:Pithed Camp.

Day 2: Samburu

After Breakfast in the morning proceed to early morning game drive for 2½ hours exploring the Samburu National Reserve. Its in this National Reserve one comes across mammals restricted to the Somali-Masai arid zone such as Grevy’s Zebras, the reticulated giraffes, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuks, etc.Drive back to the camp for breakfast, then relax either at the camp or visit the nearby lodge for swimming (optional and paid for directly). Evening game drive.

Camp: Pithed Camp.

Day 3: Samburu - Marsabit

After breakfast depart for Marsabit, having lunch enroute and arrive in the evening at Marsabit National Reserve for the game drive. Overnight and dinner either at the camp in the National Reserve or back to the budget hotel in Marsabit Town. Marsabit once abundant population of elephants, and its wildlife in general has plummeted due to poaching and human encroachment. Otherwise many mammals live here including greater Kudus.

Marsabit town is 390km from Nanyuki and 280 km from Samburu National Reserve.

Day 4: Marsabit - Kalacha

Early breakfast and depart for Kalacha an urban centre between Lake Turkana and Marsabit Town. Arrive for lunch at the camp. After a very nice time of relaxing, make either a visit to the local people or the Chalbi desert for this is the Cabra Community which stays next to the desert.

Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day 5:Kalacha - Loyangalani

After breakfast depart for Loyangalani at Lake Turkana arriving for lunch either at the local people’s Turkanas camp site or at the lodge. Lake Turkana is the largest lake in Kenya. In the evening make a visit to the local people’s boma (manyattas) or village.

Camp: Loyangalani Camp Site.

Day 6: Loyangalani

After breakfast proceed to the lake shore for boat ride and visit the Elmolo people living in the Island in the lake. This is believed to be the smallest tribe in Kenya with a population of less than 100 people.After having a wonderful time on the lake, come back for lunch then relax.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 7: Loyangalani - Maralal

Early breakfast and depart for Maralal having lunch enroute, arrive at evening then dinner and overnight at the Yare Camp Site or Banda.

Day 8: Maralal - Baringo

After breakfast depart for Lake Baringo in the Rift Valley. Arrive for lunch at the camp. Relax until evening and proceed for boat ride or nature walk.

Lake Baringo is famous for many different types of birds especially the herons and fish eagle. Its here on the Island which is located in the middle of the lake one can visit a small family of the Jemp people, this is one of the maa language speaking tribe in Kenya.

Day 9: Baringo - Nakuru

After late breakfast at Lake Baringo depart for Nakuru via Lake Bogoria to Nakuru National Park. Lake Bogoria is famous for the hot springs that come from underground and the greater Kudus. Arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park Camp Site for lunch. Relax until 4.00pm for evening game drive. Lake Nakuru is much famous for its millions of flamingoes that roams at the lake. At first, the park was established as a birds sanctuary and later different mammals like White and Black Rhinos were introduced. One also has a high chance of spotting a leopard which is rarely seen on other parts across the country.