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Lake Turkana Expedition

Lake Turkana Expedition

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 17 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Kenya  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4100 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5400 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Departure.

Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu / Buffalo Springs. Depart from your hotel or airport in the morning and drive North towards Samburu passing Mount Kenya. Lunch en route. You will already encounter wildlife on the way to the camp. Overnight Bush Trucker Tours mobile tented camp.

Day 3: Samburu / Buffalo Springs. Morning and afternoon game drives in the two neighbouring national reserves. You should come across elephant families, gerenuks, Grevy zebras, Oryx antelopes, Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffes. Beside that you have good chances to find leopards, lions and cheetahs. Overnight Bush Trucker Tours mobile tented camp.

Day 4: Samburu – Marsabit. After about 250 km on rough road you reach the extinct volcano Marsabit. This forested hill is an oasis in an otherwise dry area. Later in the afternoon you might take a walk to Lake Paradise. The main attractions in this park are elephants and greater kudus. Overnight Bush Trucker Tours mobile tented camp.

Day 5: Marsabit – Kalacha. Visit to Marsabit town where you see Rendille warriors in their bright red cloths. Continue northwest through the Chalbi desert. This flat plain was formed by a lake and still fills to form a shallow body of water when heavy rainfall occurs. The area is between 435–500m above sea level, and is very hot and dry. Kalacha Dida is an oasis on the edge of the desert and a watering place for nomadic tribes, mostly Gabbras. A guide will take you around to meet people from various tribes living in this harsh environment. Overnight Bush Trucker Tours mobile tented camp.

Day 6: Kalacha – North Horr – Sibiloi. A quite demanding stretch of a road to get to Sibiloi National Park. But you will be well rewarded by the beauty of this remote area. Overnight Bandas (huts).

Day 7: Sibiloi National park. Early morning and late afternoon you explore on foot. Around midday it is simply too hot. You will reach places where fossilised elephant, crocodile, tortoise, fish eggs and forest have been excavated. The museum shows some of the findings by the Leakey family, renowned for their studies of fossils and early humans in East Africa. Many birds can be seen in the gallery forest of the seasonal river Il Alia. Crocodiles and catfish endure the dry season in remaining puddles. Larger animals living here: Grevy and plain zebras, tiang, lesser kudus, and gerenuk. And the plant life is well worth taking a look at. Overnight Bandas (huts).

Day 8: Sibiloi – Loiyangalani. We leave the most Northern point of our trip and drive South to the oasis Loiyangalani on the shores of Lake Turkana. The colour and size of this lake is well described by its alternative name - the Jade Sea. The area is known is for its large crocodiles and the smallest tribe in Kenya - the El Molo. You will visit both. Overnight semi-permanent camp.

Days 9 & 10: Loiyangalani. The hot day is spent observing the people's activities, a boat ride on Lake Turkana, a visit to the El Molos and in the evening a visit to a manyatta of the Turkana people. Listen to their stories as you sit with them under a starry sky! Overnight semi-permanent camp.

Day 11: Loiyangalani – Tuum

Driving on a stony road south to Mount Nyiro, 2,752 m. You cross lava flows and sand fields. After lunch you walk with camels and guides to the foot of the mountain for your overnight stay. The camels carry the equipment but if you like, riding on the camels can be organised. You cross the Suguta valley which is only a few hundred meters above sea level - one of the lowest and hottest spots in the Great Rift Valley. Volcanos and dry river beds (those become dangerous rivers during rains) form the landscape. Mount Nyiro is surrounded by desert but its top is forested, balancing the water table and providing water to people in nearby villages. Overnight Bush Trucker Tours mobile tented camp.

Day 12: Tuum – Maralal. After an early morning walk you drive to Maralal. The town is nested in between hills and is the venue for the yearly camel derby! Overnight Yare Bandas.

Day 13: Maralal – Baringo See. You drive further South on a relatively well-maintained rough road. Suddenly you spot Lake Baringo over the dense bushes. On a one-hour boat ride on the lake you can see hippos, crocodiles and many birds. The camp will be pitched on its shores. Watch out for hippos emerging at night to graze. Remember - never go between a hippo and the water! Overnight Bush Trucker Tours mobile tented camp.

Day 14: Baringo – Bogoria - Nakuru. Being so close to Lake Bogoria we do not miss the opportunity to visit the geysers and flamingos. We leave the semi-arid areas behind us and drive on a usually good tarmac road, passing sisal plantations, to Nakuru. After lunch you enter Nakuru National Park and proceed to the campsite for your overnight stay.

Day 15: Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is famous for large numbers of flamingos, which colour the lake pink. The park is also a paradise for white and black rhinos, leopards, various antelopes, rare Rothschild giraffes and many more animals. Overnight Bush Trucker Tours mobile tented camp.

Day 16: Nakuru – Nairobi. Drive to Nairobi for lunch and maybe some shopping, depending on your schedule. Day room until transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 17: Arrive home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour cost includes full board, transfers and listed services.

Price Includes:
- Transport in special vehicles
- All listed services
- Park entry & camping fees
- Provision of camp equipment
- Camp staff
- Flying Doctor insurance.

Price Excludes:
- Visa, personal insurances
- Flights
- Personal expenses
- Drinks.

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