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NDOTO MOUNTAINS, LAKE TURKANA, CHALBI DESERT AND SAMBURU

  • Day 01
    Day 01    Nairobi

    On the day of arrival, you will be met by Africa Calling Safaris representative, he/she will give you a briefing about your tour and prepare you for your tour. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

  • Day 02
    Day 02    Mt. Kenya

    After breakfast, we will leave your hotel and drive towards the central province and the highlands of Kenya, passing through one of the major highways heading to the north of Kenya. On our route we will drive past the Delmont pineapple plantation in Thika and also through the blue post hotel, here we will stop for a short break. We proceed north passing through the slopes of Mount Kenya; Kenya’s highest mountain and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.We will arrive in good time for an afternoon walk in the forest. Dinner and overnight at the mountain lodge.

  • Day 03
    Day 03    Nanyuki

    After an early breakfast we will drive past Nanyuki town a once administrative town for the British colonial era. As we drive further north, the altitude will start to drop, we will start to see the change of the landscape and vegetation to an arid- semi arid bushes and Acacia trees. We will pass the final major town Isiolo which is the largest town before you enter the Northern frontier district. We will drive past the Samburu game reserve and arrive in good time in the Ndoto Mountains for our dinner and overnight in a mobile camp set in the village. Here we will camp and interact with the local Samburu tribesmen, visit their villages to learn on how they live in this harsh land. The most interesting part is where they dig the Milgis river bed in search of water, sometimes the wells are as deep as 5-6 men deep. This well was called the singing wells, since while they are fetching water the men sing in encouragement and praise their cattle and livestock and the symbol and importance it has in their lives. It is worth seeing. Also we will have the opportunity to do game walks as it is also a wildlife corridor. We will also teach you on many survival skills, in this amazing land, during our stay here we will show you how to look for honey following the bird (honey guide) and show you how to harvest this precious commodity for the locals.

  • Day 04
    Day 04    Nanyuki

    After an early breakfast we will drive past Nanyuki town a once administrative town for the British colonial era. As we drive further north, the altitude will start to drop, we will start to see the change of the landscape and vegetation to an arid- semi arid bushes and Acacia trees. We will pass the final major town Isiolo which is the largest town before you enter the Northern frontier district. We will drive past the Samburu game reserve and arrive in good time in the Ndoto Mountains for our dinner and overnight in a mobile camp set in the village. Here we will camp and interact with the local Samburu tribesmen, visit their villages to learn on how they live in this harsh land. The most interesting part is where they dig the Milgis river bed in search of water, sometimes the wells are as deep as 5-6 men deep. This well was called the singing wells, since while they are fetching water the men sing in encouragement and praise their cattle and livestock and the symbol and importance it has in their lives. It is worth seeing. Also we will have the opportunity to do game walks as it is also a wildlife corridor. We will also teach you on many survival skills, in this amazing land, during our stay here we will show you how to look for honey following the bird (honey guide) and show you how to harvest this precious commodity for the locals.

  • Day 05
    Day 05    Loiyangalani

    Early morning after breakfast, we drive towards Lake Turkana, passing through mount Poi, Oldonyo Mara and Mount Nyiro. The landscape is quite breath taking and the views pleasant. We will pass through Illaut, a small trading centre and a common market place which takes place every Tuesday fortnight; here all sorts of commodities are brought to the market from traditional medicines, to local honey brew, livestock and cereals. The drive is quite beautiful with few stops to familiarize yourself with this beautiful mountain and landscapes. We will arrive in Loiyangalani just at the shores of Lake Turkana (the Jade Sea) dinner and overnight at the palm shade/ loiyangalani lake bandas.

  • Day 06
    Day 06    Loiyangalani

    Day spent visiting the Elmolo, Turkana,Rendile tribes and if the weather permits as the lake can get very rough and dangerous to be on boat we will take a boat ride to the south island national reserve. Evening we will be entertained with the rich and cultural dance of the Turkana tribe. This will be a real treat as it is very entertaining. Dinner and overnight at the palm shade camp/ loiyangalani Lake Bandas

  • Day 07
    Day 07    Kalacha

    After breakfast we will drive to the Chalbi desert via Gas and north Horr to Kalacha, this drive will take us out of the lake basin and into the chalbi desert, this desert during the rains floods and forms a lake and not accessible till the dry seasons. Driving through the desert is quite an amazing experience, feels like you heading nowhere as it is just endless. On the west of the desert we are bordered by the Mount Kulal Mountain (Mount Kulal is an eroded-down extinct volcano located in northern Kenya, just east of Lake Turkana. The mountain has an elevation of 2,285 metres (7,497 ft). Mount Kulal has been a biosphere reserve since 1978. Mount Kulal is the only place where Kulal white-eye (Zosterops kulalensis) has been found. Here we will meet a new beautiful tribe the Gabra tribe who dominate this landscape; they are pastoralists whom specialise in Camels. With their very colourful fabrics worn mostly by the women, looks like you are somewhere in Rajastan India. Their dome shaped huts also cover by the fabric gives it quite a contract in the desert landscape. There are several oasis where one can easily finds hundreds of camels watering. Camels in this case dromedary (disambiguation). Single hump camel is the common sight you will see in this territory. Are watered once every 9-15 days so they are very adaptable to this land. Upon arrival in Kalacha we will have an afternoon walk into the chalbi and kalacha dida, after the rains usually the desert forms salt crystals and the sight looks like you walking on snow!, dinner and overnight at the Kalacha camp/ women group camp.

  • Day 08
    Day 08    Marsabit

    After breakfast we will drive to Marsabit National park, this will be quite an amazing day as you will start to elevate in altitude, and the air starts to cool off. The town is situated on an isolated extinct volcano, Mount Marsabit, which rises almost a kilometer above the desert. The hills here are heavily forested, in contrast to the desert beyond, with their own "insular" eco-system. Lake Paradise (which attracts game animals such as elephants and buffalo), and Bongole Crater located in the heart of the forest are both local attractions. Amazingly you will find it hard to believe how such a dense forest can exist in the heart of the desert. Now in theory during the day the temperatures can rise very high in the surrounding deserts causing evaporation into the atmosphere, during the night the moisture held in the atmosphere condenses and falls onto the mountain and is trapped into the huge dense forest and causes a huge and thick mist, this is what replenishes this amazing natural forest and landscape. The first wildlife films to be ever filmed were here in Marsabit at the Lake paradise where Martin and Osa Johnson lived for four years. After returning home, they released the features Jungle Adventures (1921) and Head-hunters of the South Seas (1922). The Johnsons' first African expedition, from 1921 to 1922, resulted in their feature film. Dinner and overnight at the rim of the Sokote Dika( meaning small sugar bowl in gabra) we at times have a visit from the forest elephants whom come out to lick the salt on the rim of the crater right in from of the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

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ITINERARY & Time Schedule

  • Days Place Duration:
  • Day 01 Nairobi
  • Day 02 Mt. Kenya
  • Day 03 Nanyuki
  • Day 04 Nanyuki
  • Day 05 Loiyangalani
  • Day 06 Loiyangalani All Day
  • Day 07 Kalacha
  • Day 08 Marsabit
  • Day 09 Samburu
  • Day 10 Nairobi