Culture, breathtaking scenery, and wildlife stand at the forefront of this safari! The main focus of this trip is the desert Lake Turkana which has remained wild and un-touched with its outstanding cultural tribes.
You will encounter the Samburu, Rendille, El Molo, and Dasenich Tribes amongst others. The festival is the main event of this safari, and it will bring these cultures close to you in a way you will never experience. You will also encounter wildlife in Samburu Reserve and the Great Rift Valley Lakes.
Upon arrival at the Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by a representative from Msafiri and Four Points by Sheraton holding a signboard with your name on it and the hotel logo as well. If you wish to change money into the local currency, we advise that you do it while at the airport. You will then be transferred to your airport hotel for overnight stay. (Four Points by Sheraton Airport Hotel - Bed & Breakfast).
After breakfast at approx. 0700 Hrs. you will be picked up by your guide and depart for Samburu National Reserve which will be approx. 6 Hrs. drive. Rugged and remote, this wildlife reserve provides some of the best and most colorful game viewing in the country. Samburu is inhabited by a wide variety of animals, more so the rare species such as the long- necked gerenuk, gravy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa oryx. Other animals include the leopard, the mighty lion, elephants; crocodiles can be seen swimming in the Ewaso Nyiro River along with the hippo. Arrival in time for lunch, followed by unlimited afternoon game drive exploring the beauty that is within Samburu and its richness in wildlife and birdlife.
Full day in Samburu Game Reserve with unlimited game drives. You may choose to go out for a morning game drive and return for breakfast to your camp. If you would like to have another game drive after breakfast pls. inform your guide and he will be happy to oblige. Most animals rest during the hot lunch hour and ideally you will see most game again in the afternoon. The landscape is stunning and with a bit of luck you may see Elephants in the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River, a beautiful sight. Meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge
After our sunrise Samburu Village visit and breakfast. Begin your drive to Marsabit at around 1000 Hrs. with packed lunches. Arrival in Marsabit late afternoon. Check-in to your accommodations at the Catholic Guest House. Thereafter at around 1530 Hrs. depart for a late afternoon game drive in Marsabit National Park. The park comprises of densely forested mountain and three crater lakes that are the only permanent surface of water in the region and that provide habitat for a variety of birdlife and wildlife. Major wildlife attractions include the African elephant, the endangered Gravy's zebra, lion, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, large herds of greater and lesser kudus, common zebra, Grant's gazelle and many other small antelopes. Marsabit is the home for the Gabras / Rendille and the Borana tribes. Dinner and overnight at Catholic Guest House
Early morning departure for Loiyangalani with packed lunch / bites purchased to arrive late afternoon. The Lake Turkana Festival will be the highlight of your safari; this being the first day of the festival, you will find most of the tribal groups in their early stages of preparations. The event features unique performances and cultural traditions of at least twelve ethnic communities which live in Marsabit County: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra, Burji, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee, and Waata. The presentation of the customs and living conditions of the twelve tribes, their spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts, dances and music is a unique and fascinating experience in particular in light of the stunning geographical characteristics and the limited general knowledge about the Lake Turkana and Marsabit County. Dinner and overnight at Palm Shade Camp
The next 02 days will be spent with the local communities exhibiting their culture and get a chance to interact and photograph them. There is a possibility of visiting the Southern Island but this depends on wind situation as there are no powerful boats in this area. You can make a walk on the lakeshore of lake Turkana. If you want to visit also the villages of the different ethnic communities, please talk to your guide. He will assist you. Additional charges can arise. Meals and overnight at Palm Shade Camp
After breakfast depart for Maralal with packed lunches to arrive late afternoon. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in this remote town. Dinner and overnight at Ngari Hill Guest House.
After breakfast depart for Lake Baringo to arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Lake Baringo has always been a haven for birders boasting over 400 Species. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy various excursions available. Some of you may partake the canoeing or fishing excursion on the lake while others could opt to visit the local Njemps community or simply relax enjoying the beautiful views of the lake or bird walks. Njemps are the only pastoralists community who eat fish while it is forbidden food to the rest of the Nomadic groups!!! Meals and overnight at Island Camp
Breakfast at your lodge until 0830 Hrs when you depart for a boat ride and finally drop off on the shore. Lake Baringo together with Lake Naivasha are the only two Great Eastern Rift Valley FRESH water Lakes found in Kenya. The coxswain may use food baits to attract the fish to the surface making them visible to the fish eagle…..you may be lucky to catch dramatic spectacle. Thereafter depart with packed lunches for a game drive in Lake Bogoria Game Reserve known for its curative hot geysers. Fresh water springs at the lake edge attract an abundance of birds and wildlife. There are many Fish Eagles, which often prey on the local flamingoes. Lately this lake has been the home of thousands of flamingoes and hence attracting many tourists. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Island camp.
After breakfast at your lodge depart for Lake Nakuru National Park which is approx.2.5 Hrs. drive away to arrive midmorning. Proceed on for a game drive immediately only to check-in at your lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive in search of Lion and the otherwise elusive leopard leading you to the famous Baboon Cliff which offers a fantastic view of the Lake and the National Park. The Park is home to a high concentration of wildlife despite its proximity to the Nakuru Town. The simple coexistence between people and wildlife in this region is quite amazing. A visit to the famous Makalia falls spices your experience as it gives you the opportunity to leave your vehicle for a while to catch a glimpse of the splendid waterfalls. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Your last morning game drive and breakfast. Freshen up and check out from your lodge rooms. At approx. 1000 Hrs. begin your drive back to Nairobi, arriving by 1300 Hrs. A farewell lunch is planned for you all at the Carnivore Restaurant that gives you a chance to recap on your just concluded safari and say last goodbyes to the friends you will have made. Thereafter drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your out-bound flights.
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
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