GTC1 ~ 10 DAYS LAKE TURKANA VIA OL PEJETA / SAMBURU/ MARSABIT/ CHALBI DESERT/ LAKE BARINGO CAMPING SAFARI
- Ol pejeta wildlife conservancy – home to the largest black rhino sanctuary 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
- Walk alongside camel and local tribes’ people in Tuum
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 worst roads in Kenya, come across colorful and captivating tribes and breathtaking scenery. Gametrackers 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.
Gametrackers has been offering this as our best selling safari in East Africa for over 29 years especially for those true explorers and travellers who want to get off the beaten tourist track and for it, we come highly recommended.
Day 1 – Mt. Kenya
Depart Nairobi in the early morning and proceed towards the slopes of Africa’s second largest mountain at 5199m – Mt Kenya. Afternoon game drive at Ol Pejeta conservancy to see the wildlife including chimpanzees and rhino. We set up camp for the night at Mountain Rock Campsite on the foothills of the mountain (cold night).
Day 2 – Samburu
Depart in the morning after breakfast for Samburu game reserve to arrive there 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, lion, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile 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.
Day 3 – Marsabit
Sometimes waking up to the sounds of splashing elephant in the river we head north again 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 you may also visit the lodge. Overnight camping at the base of Marsabit (cold night).
Day 4 – 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).
Day 5 – Lake Turkana
We break camp and depart early, crossing the outskirts of the Chalbi Desert transiting North Horr before arriving at Loiyangalani 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 a campsite in Loiyangalani in the afternoon and set up tents. A perfect place to relax protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the climate of this remote area. There is the option to upgrade (at an additional cost) to cool traditional bandas complete with beds.
Day 6 – Lake Turkana
The day is spent relaxing. Optional activities (payable direct) include visiting the Desert museum, enjoying a swim at the nearby lodge, hire a boat, visit to Turkana and El molo villages and exploration of Loyangalani town by foot.
Day 7 – 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, you 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 you set camp together with the guides and camels.
Day 8 – 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.
Day 9 – Lake Baringo
Heading south we visit Lake Baringo where we 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 and monitor lizards, numerous birds are effortlessly seen from the shore.
Day 10 – Nairobi
After breakfast we go on an early morning boat ride in search of hippo, crocodile and numerous bird species.
Drive back to Nairobi after breakfast to arrive in the late afternoon.