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8 Days Northern Kenya Safari

8 Days Northern Kenya Safari

Highlights: Nairobi | Samburu Shaba | Marsabit | Kalacha | Lake Turkana | Maralal | Nairobi

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Trip starts: Nairobi, Kenya

Trip ends: Nairobi, Kenya

Attractions

The Northern Kenya Highlights safari  is the perfect tour for those adventurers who want awe-inspiring game drives, unparalleled wildlife and enchanting landscapes at an excellent price. Accompanied by private guide Experience Samburu - Kenya’s hot arid desert. See the crocodile-filled Ewaso Nyiro River, miles of lion-stalked grasslands and elephant-studded bush. Explore the misty mountains of Mount Kenya, the second highest snow topped mountain on the continent. Enjoy the trans African highway to Marsabit, for great encounter of ele[phants and kundus, Visit the Kalacha land on the edge of Chalbi Desert where you get a chance to interact with the local communities like the Gabbra related to the Somali-Rendille in their historical origins in the southern Ethiopian highlands about AD 1000. Voyage down to lake Turkana the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometres up to the Ethiopian/Kenyan border. Interact with the locals Turkana, formerly Lake Rudolf is now named after one of the tribes who live on its shores and it is in this area that Richard Leakey uncovered the three million year old fossils of 'Homo Erectus'. Travel through the Horr valley to Maralal the unofficial capital of the Samburu people, also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from the four corners of the World. Return to Nairobi for some souvenir shopping or dinner before returning home from this unforgettable adventure!

DayDescriptionAccommodation
Day 01:

Nairobi - Samburu  National Game Reserve [ approximately 4.5 hours drive]

Pick up airport drive to Samburu Lunch and afternoon game drive till dusk – major attraction Gerenuk.

Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 02:

Samburu  National Game Reserve / Shaba

Full day in the park with morning and afternoon game drives. Major attraction major attraction - Gerenuk.

Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 03:

Marsabit region

Drive to Marsabit - meet local Rendille and Samburu people
Optional activities

A Safari Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 04:

Kalacha Region

Drive to Kalacha  - meet The Gabbra community

Optional activities

A Safari Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 05:

Lake Turkana Region

Drive to Turkana  -optional activities in the lake [boat ride] or Turkana Manyatta - visit Loiyangalani

A Safari Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 06:

Lake Turkana Region

Full day in Turkana - optional activities in the lake [boat ride] or Turkana Manyatta - visit Loiyangalani

A Safari Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 07:

Maralal Region

Drive to Maralal - optional activities

A Safari Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 08:

Nairobi

Drive back to Nairobi - transfer

Depart, end of itinerary

Day1: Samburu National Park

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will complete the customs and immigrations formalities then met and assisted by Nitarudi Afrika Representative, a short Safari brief then commence drive via Africa's second largest mountain, Mt Kenya to the Samburu Game Reserve. Accommodation in a semi-permanent campsite which is beautifully set under a canopy of trees, or we may pitch tents on the edge of Uaso Nyiro (meaning brown in Samburu) River. Cold showers are available which are amazingly refreshing in the hot, dusty climate. Lunch plus afternoon game drive till dusk. Dinner and overnight stay at a Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan full board.

Day 2: Samburu National Park

We spend this day with full day game viewing in the park. Samburu is part of a lava plain that includes a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings, some large enough to be called mesas. This reserve is becoming one of Kenya's most admired stops after the Mara. The region is home to the uncommon Grevy's zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx, with long spiraled antlers. Elephant and crocodile are guaranteed sightings, excellent bird watching with numerous varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sighting is also a special feature here. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Marsabit Region

We head north again along the Trans-African highway to Marsabit (meaning place of cold), an astonishingly cool, green and hilly oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. The local Rendille and Samburu people in their bright red outfi ts, beads and earrings make it a vibrant place.

After setting up camp, we visit the lodge inside the National park and as long as the roads are dry we drive to Lake Paradise and Little Lake. Here, an indigenous forest and a desert come together to create one of the most compelling landscapes on Earth. Elephants and greater kudu abound. The dense forest in the park is also home to a variety of birds.

Day 4: Kalacha Region

We depart after an early breakfast through the scenic landscape of the arid north with views of picturesque hills. We arrive and camp at Kalacha, a small Gabbra settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert.

The Gabbra are an Eastern Cushite people related to the Somali- Rendille in their historical origins in the southern Ethiopian highlands about AD 1000. The men wear traditional shorts and a blanket-cloak and the women wear a wrap-around and head cloth. They are pastoralists, particularly attached to their camels

Day 5: Lake Turkana Region

We depart early crossing the Chalbi Desert to Lake Turkana which is the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometres up to the Ethiopian / Kenyan border. It is surrounded by volcanic rock and desert. We arrive at our semi-permanent beach village where we have our traditional Turkana huts; making it aperfect place to relax, protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the climate of this remote area.

Day 6: Lake Turkana Region

The day is spent relaxing and you may visit the local lodge to swim or hire a boat to visit the surrounding area (at an extra cost). In addition, we may visit Loiyangalani and the community settled there while in the evening visiting one of the Turkana Manyattas (optional) for traditional dances at an extra cost if clients wish. An unforgettable experience under a star studded sky so close you can almost touch it.

Turkana, formerly Lake Rudolf is now named after one of the tribes who live on its shores and it is in this area that Richard Leakey uncovered the three million year old fossils of 'Homo Erectus'. This prehistoric site is now known as the 'Cradle of Mankind'. The lake is also known as the 'Jade Sea' because of its remarkable blue-green colour. This is a result of algae particles, which shift with changes of the wind and light, so that the water surface shifts from blue to grey to fabulous jade. The lake is home to the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the world. If the weather permits we take a short sunset boat ride to the surrounding areas.

Day 7: Maralal Region

We journey via the Horr Valley situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol Doinye Mara viewing the breath taking scenery as we continue to climb on torturous, rocky hills to Maralal. Near Maralal is one of the most breath taking scenes in all of Kenya - the Losiolo escarpment, an endless stretch as land drops down to the Suguta valley. Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it, like something out of a 'wild west' movie. It boasts a colourful Samburu market and a game sanctuary that lies just outside of town. Maralal is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from the four corners of the World.

Day 8: Nairobi - Depart

Heading south again via Laikipia Plains and Nyahururu we may stop at the Thomson falls named after Joseph Thomson who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880s. Shaped by the waters of the Ewaso Narok River, the falls plunge over 72m into a rift, spraying the dark forest below. After lunch we drive back into Nairobi arriving by mid-afternoon.

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Safari Options

We may customize any of our itineraries to suit you. You are at liberty to reduce or add a number of nights, change a hotel (upgrade/downgrade), add local flights, change a given routing, proceed to Kenya etc. Please contact our expert consultants for your preferred trip plan.

Beach Extensions: Note that you may connect a flight to one of the Indian Ocean Islands of Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi or Zanzibar to unwind by the pristine beach. Please contact our expert consultant for your preferred trip plan.

 

Includes / Excludes

Includes:

  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Ground transport in a custom made tour van with pop up roof for game drive and photography.
  • [a custom made 4x4 safari land cruiser is also available on request]
  • Game drives with a qualified private English speaking driver guide while on safari.
  • Your park entrance fees
  • Drivers and vehicle park entrance fees.
  • Drivers allowance
  • 1 litre of bottled drinking water per person per day
  • Specialised and personalised services

Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional visit to Masai village $50 per prson
  • Optional Masai Mara hot air balloon safari $480
  • International flights.
  • Tips/gratuities.
  • Entry visas and fees.
  • Items of a personal nature and any other not mentioned above.
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