Turkana Camel/Lakes (Fridays) 13 ½ Days – Camping Safari.
The first section of this combination safari is operated in a safari truck. Specially designed with high sides, the vehicle is equipped for the rough terrain you will pass over. Camping is at camp sites and in the bush, depending on our location. All camp equipment is provided [except sleeping bags], and our cook will keep you well fed throughout the safari. After leaving the safari vehicle at Maralal, you continue on camel. Trekking in the bush with English Speaking Samburu guides, who will keep you entertained with local stories and culture. Your last night (Monday) at Yare Club is in self contained Bandas, a Samburu dance is included, and on Tuesday you join your vehicle coming to Samburu to take you to Baringo and Nakuru to where you will take a shuttle to Nairobi.
Day 1: Samburu. Depart Nairobi at 09:00 a.m. heading North via the shoulder of Mt. Kenya to Samburu Reserve.
Day 2: Samburu. The day is spent game viewing in the Reserve. Elephants abound, you should see lion, reticulated Giraffe. Gerenuk, Grevey's Zebra and Oryx.
Day 3: Marsabit. Marsabit is an extinct volcano heavily forested on the upper slopes. We will visit the Lodge in the National Park.
Day 4: Kalacha. After visiting Marsabit town, we make our way down into the desert and lava flows. We camp at Kalacha, a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi desert.
Day 5: Lake Turkana. Departing early we cross the Chalbi Desert. The desert can not be crossed if wet, but there is an all weather road around the North side which is mostly lava. We arrive at the permanent beach campsite just outside Loiyangalani. After visiting Marsabit town, we make our way down into the desert and lava flows. We camp at Kalacha, a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi desert.
Day 6: Lake Turkana. A day exploring, bathing and resting at Loiyangalani with boat excursion to and EI Molo bay.
Day 7: Maralal. We journey South via S. Horr and Baragoi to Yare Club at Maralal. Another forested area, Samburu abound in their red ochre. Dinner in camp before joining the camel section, overnight in self contained Bandas.
Day 8: Camel Trekking. After breakfast you set off through the bush and Maralal game sanctuary. It should be remembered that this is not primarily a game viewing safari, but you never know what you might bump into!
Days 9 and 10: Camel Trekking. After a hot breakfast you set off through the bush. You may ride or walk, the gait is slow and the camels can allow you to change whenever you wish. Mattresses pad the locally made wooden flames on your camel. The pace is relaxed and there is plenty of time to study the environment and take pictures as you move along.
There are only a few places where you might be forced to dismount due to washed out luggers and river beds. The camels are led by Samburu Morans who will keep you informed of what you are seeing and of the culture of the people you may meet. On your arrival at camp a shower waits you (water permitting) and your cook will have afternoon tea and snacks ready for you. Later in the afternoon you may choose to go on a nature walk with your Moran guides.
Day 11: Camel Trek/Yare Camel Club. Usually returning to our Club about mid day, you are free to explore Maralal town after lunch, or just relax around the Club. If you choose to visit the town, your Moran guides will accompany you to add to the experience. Before dusk the Samburu Moraos and ladies will dance for you at the Club, before dinner and overnight in our Bandas.
Day 12: Lake Baringo. Joining the safari vehicle at Kisima, you descend to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, arriving at Lake Baringo in the afternoon. This is a fresh water lake which supports a great variety of birds, as well as hippos and crocodiles. Indeed. The Lake is reputed to be the bird-watching centre of Kenya.
Day 13: Lake Bagoria. Early morning start making a scenic drive through Lake Bagoria Park, a shallow soda Lake with beautiful scenery and also home to a sizeable number of Flamingo's and other species of birds. After viewing the boiling hot springs and geysers, we proceed south to Lake Nakuru, home to thousands of Flamingo's, as well as Lions, Warthogs, Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Hippo, leopard and many others. Dinner and overnight in a campsite outside of town.
Day 14: Nairobi. After breakfast, you are assisted onto a shuttle bus returning to Nairobi.
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