This rugged 1,900 km expedition is usually done in a purposely-built truck that takes you up into the heart of the Northern Frontier District. You will traverse along some of Africa’s most adventurous roads, see beautiful mountain forest surrounded on all sides by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana). You will see a great variety of tribes and cross the Chalbi Desert if dry. During the rains, it becomes an enormous shallow lake.
Day 1 Nairobi – Samburu
Depart Nairobi in the morning heading north via the shoulder of Mt Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve. Accommodation in our semi-permanent campsite beautifully set under a canopy of trees or pitch tents on the edge of Ewaso Nyiro River.
Day 2 Samburu
The day is spent game viewing in the park. Elephant abound; you may see Lion, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Gravy’s Zebra and Beisa Oryx.
Day 3 Samburu – Marsabit
We head north again along the Trans-African highway to Marsabit, which is an extinct volcano heavily, forested on its upper slopes. After setting up camp, we will visit the lodge inside the National Park. You may see Elephant, Buffalo and Greater Kudu as the lodge is situated on the edge of a water-filled crater. We do not go further into the park as thick forest hampers the progress of large vehicles and viewing is difficult.
Day 4 Marsabit – Kalacha
We visit Marsabit town and another volcanic crater before making our way back into the desert and lava flows. We camp at Kalacha, a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert.
Day 5 Kalacha – Lake Turkana
We depart early crossing the Chalbi Desert. The desert cannot be crossed if wet but there are alternative roads around the North and South. We arrive at our semi permanent beach campsite just outside Loiyangalani soon after lunch. Here we have our traditional Turkana Huts with a cool breeze blowing from the lake for use if available otherwise we pitch tents in an alternative campsite. Indeed a perfect place to relax protected from the searching sun and heat characteristic of the harsh climate of this remote area.
Day 6 Lake Turkana
We spend the day relaxing and bathing only interrupted by a short boat excursion to visit the surrounding areas. In addition, we visit Loiyangalani and the community settled there, while in the evening we may visit one of the Turkana Manyattas for traditional dances under a star-studded sky at an extra cost if clients wish. Unforgettable experience.
Day 7 Lake Turkana – Maralal
We journey via South Horr and Baragoi to Maralal, Another forested area. The Samburu abound in their red-ochre.
Day 8 Maralal – Nairobi
Heading south again via Laikipia Plains and Thomson’s Falls (Nyahururu) we drive back into Nairobi by mid afternoon. After arrival, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back home.
Oryx safaris recommends the following guidelines for customized Kenya safari tour packages, excluding international flights:
- 5-star: USD $600 – $1,000+ per person per day
- 4-star: Minimum USD $500 per person per day
- 3-star: Minimum USD $400 per person per day