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This rugged 2,500 km expedition takes you, in a purposely-built truck, up into the heart of the Northern Frontier District. This tour takes you along some of Africa’s most challenging roads. You will see beautiful mountain forest surrounded on all sides by hot dusty deserts, cross the Chalbi desert and eventually arrive at the shores of the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana). You will encounter great wildlife, meet various tribes and also see fossils.

The 3 listed tours are suitable for those who can survive without luxury, at least for a while! You will enjoy the tour if you are adventurous, fit and in good health, and prepared to eat local food when necessary. Sometimes we may ask you to lend a hand to help us finish camp duties in good time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day

Place / Activity

Accommodation

 

 

 

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Departure

 

 

 

 

 

2

Nairobi – Samburu / Buffalo Springs
Depart from your hotel or airport in the morning and drive north towards Samburu passing Mount Kenya . Lunch en route. You will already encounter wildlife on the way to the camp.

Campsite along
Ewaso Ngiro River

 

 

 

 

3

Samburu / Buffalo Springs
Morning and afternoon game drives in the two neighbouring national reserves. You should come across elephant families, gerenuks, Grevy zebras, Oryx antelopes, Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffes. Beside that you have good chances to find leopards, lions and cheetahs.

Campsite along
Ewaso Ngiro River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elephants _ Gerenuk
Giraffenkopf Weibchen

 

 

 

 

4

Samburu – Marsabit National park
After about 250 km on newly tarmaced road you reach the extinct volcano Marsabit. This forested hill is an oasis in an otherwise dry area. Strong winds will hit the car while crossing Kaisut desert Later in the afternoon you might take a drive to Lake Paradise. The main attractions in this park are elephants and greater kudus.

Public campsite

 

 

 

 

Marsabit

 

5

Marsabit – Kalacha
Visit to Marsabit town where you see Rendille warriors in their bright red cloths. Continue northwest through the Chalbi desert. This flat plain was formed by a lake and still fills to form a shallow body of water when heavy rainfall occurs. The area is between 435–500m above sea level, and is very hot and dry. Often the water flows from the mountains in Ethiopia. Kalacha Dida is an oasis on the edge of the desert and a watering place for nomadic tribes, mostly Gabbras. A guide will take you around to meet people from various tribes living in this harsh environment.

Public campsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsabit _ Kalacha

 

 

 

 

Huette Kalacha
Gabbra Frauen Tanzen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Kalacha – North Horr – Sibiloi
You face a quite demanding stretch of a road to get to Sibiloi National Park. But you will be well rewarded by the beauty of this remote area.

Bandas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 + 8

Sibiloi Nationalpark
Early morning and late afternoon you explore on foot. Around midday it is simply too hot. You will reach places where fossilised elephant, crocodile, tortoise, fish eggs and forest have been excavated. The museum shows some of the findings by the Leakey family, renowned for their studies of fossils and early humans in East Africa. Many birds can be seen in the gallery forest of the seasonal river Il Alia. Crocodiles and catfish endure the dry season in remaining puddles. Larger animals living here: Grevy and plain zebras, tiang, lesser kudus, and gerenuk. And the plant life is well worth taking a look at.

Bandas (huts)
They have divided sleeping
 rooms, toilets and showers

 

 

 

 

9

Sibiloi – Loiyangalani
We leave the most Northern point of our trip and drive South to the oasis Loiyangalani on the shores of Lake Turkana. The colour and size of this lake is well described by its alternative name - Jade Sea. The area is known for its large crocodiles and the smallest tribe in Kenya - the El Molo. You will visit both. If you like you can also visit the village of the Turkana tribe.

Semi-permanent camp
with Turkana huts

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Loiyangalani
The hot day is spent observing the people's activities, a boat ride on Lake Turkana, a visit to the El Molos and in the evening a visit to a manyatta of the Turkana people. Listen to their stories as you sit with them under a starry sky!

Semi-permanent camp
with Turkana huts

 

 

 

 

 

 

TurkanaSee

 

 

El Molo Fisch
Turkana Frauen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Loiyangalani – Tuum
You drive further south on a relatively well-maintained rough road. You will reach Suguta Valley, one of the hottest places in Kenya and just a few hundred meters above sea level. Camels will carry your luggage (not you) to a Samburu village near Mt. Kulal (2.752 m).

Kameltrekking

 

  

   Mobile camping

 

 

 

 

12

Tuum – Maralal
After an early morning walk you drive to Maralal. The town is nested in between hills and is the venue for the yearly camel derby! But before you reach Maralal town, visit World’s end.

Campsite

 

 

 

 

Markt bei Maralal
Worlds end

 

13

Maralal – Lake Baringo
The relatively well maintained rough road takes you to Lake Baringo. Here at the lake shore you pitch your tent and enjoy the birds and as well the hippos and crocodiles on a boat ride.

Mobiles Camping
at Lake Baringo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonnenaufgang Baringo See
Flamingos starten kleiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Baringo – Lake Bogoria - Lake Nakuru
Being so close to Lake Bogoria we do not miss the opportunity to visit the hot springs and flamingos. We leave the semi-arid areas behind us and drive on a usually good tarmac road, passing sisal plantations, to Nakuru.

Mobile Camping inside or outside the park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Nakuru National park
Lake Nakuru was famous for large numbers of flamingoscolouring the lake pink. Due to the high water level the flamingos have migrated and many pelicans and other water birds flocked in. The park is also a paradise for white and black rhinos, leopards, various antelopes, rare Rothschild giraffes and many more animals.

Mobile Camping inside or outside the park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bmnashorn_See
Leopardenkater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Nakuru – Nairobi
Drive to Nairobi for lunch and maybe some shopping, depending on your schedule. Day room and dinner at the Carnivore restaurant until transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arrival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price per person 2017/8 from US$ 2.500.- (4 participants)

Included:

  • Airport transfers in Nairobi
  • Safari in special safari vehicle
  • All park entry and camping fees, booking fee for special
    campsite in Nakuru and bandas
  • Rangers, police escorts, guides
  • 1 hour boat ride on Lake Turkana
  • Camel trekking at Tuum
  • Visits to villages in Kalacha and Loiyangalani
  • Meals according to program
  • Provision of campequipment
  • Cook, assistant (but still we need your hands as well)
  • Flying Doctor insurance

Not included:

  • Visa, personal insurances
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Not listed activities and services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 days Turkana         

Day 1 Nairobi – Maralal
Depart in the early morning towards Maralal via Nyahururu (stop at Thompson falls briefly). Lunch en route as we arrive in the campsite in the late afternoon to pitch up tents for the night. (Particularly long drive; cold night).
Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it. It is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from all over the world.

Day 2 Marlal - Lake Turkana
After breakfast, we start the long journey driving via Baragoi and South Horr to arrive at our semi - permanent beach campsite 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.
Lake Turkana 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.

Day 3 Lake Turkana
The day is spent relaxing. We visit the El molo tribe and thereafter enjoy a sunset boat cruise (look out for crocodiles along the shore). Other optional activities (payable direct) include visiting the Desert museum, enjoying a swim at the nearby lodge and exploring Loyangalani town. Return to the campsite for dinner and overnight.d viewing is difficult.

Day 4 Lake Turkana - Kalacha
After an early breakfast we cross the Chalbi desert (if dry) via North horr towards Kalacha. If it has rained, we shall use another route avoiding the desert. Kalacha 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 Kalacha - Marsabit
Break up camp in the early morning as we head south towards Marsabit (meaning place of cold); an astonishingly cool, green and hilly oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. En route we stop to enjoy views of the massive Gof Redo crater and desert landscape. The area is home to the local Rendille and Samburu people abundant in their bright red outfits, beads and earrings. This will be a cold night.
 After setting up camp, 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.

Day 6 Marsabit - Samburu
Depart in the early morning along the trans-african highway towards Samburu. Lunch en route and arrive Samburu National reserve in time for an afternoon game drive.
Accommodation is in our semi-permanent campsite, beautifully set under a canopy of trees or we may pitch tents on the edge of Uaso Nyiro River (meaning Brown in Samburu) if they are occupied. Cold showers are available which are amazingly refreshing in the hot, dusty climate.  

Day 7 Samburu
The day is spent game viewing in the park. You may also opt to visit the lodge for a swim and cold drink or a nearby Samburu village (payable direct).

Samburu is part of a lava plain that includes a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings. The region is home to the uncommon Grevy's zebra, gerenuk antelope, Somali ostriches, lions and Oryx. Elephant, crocodile and numerous birds providing excellent sightings.

Day 8 Samburu - Nairobi
Depart camp after breakfast viewing game as we drive back to Nairobi via Mt. Kenya region. Arrive back in the late afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price 2018 8 day per person US$ 1.390.- pro Person  + local fees: US$ 162.-
Price is based on 2 participants. Group tours are cheaper and depart Fridays when enough bookings

Included:

  • Transport in special safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Full board on safari, prepared by the cook
  • Provision of camp equipment (except sleeping bag, can be hired at US$ 30.- and a refundable deposit of US$ 40.-)

Not included:

  • Not mentioned transfers and excursions
  • Park entry – and camping fee (local payments)
  • Drinks
  • Toilet paper and other personal items
  • Personal expenses, tips
  • Personal insurance, visa, Flying Doctor Insurance US$ 25.- per Person
  • Bank fees for Swift transfers
Samburukrieger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 days Turkana starts with day 1 at Sweetwater (Laikipia) and spends a day at Lake Baringo, where you find crocodiles, hippos and many birds. The route is in opposite direction than the 8 days Turkana trip.

Price 2018 US$ 1.755.-  per person + local payments: US$ 187.-. Group tours are cheaper and departd Wednesdays when enough bookings.