Lake Turkana Camping Safari via chalbi desert. –
Ref GTC 035
Duration: 7 nights 8 days
This rugged 1,800-km expedition in a purposely-built truck
takes you up into the heart of the Northern Frontier
District. You will traverse along some of Africa’s worst
roads; see beautiful mountain forest surrounded on all sides
by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at our camp on the
shores of the Jade Sea
Lake Turkana. Ours is the only camp
situated right on the beach of the lake with spectacular
views of the South Island.
The camp comprises 12 double
traditional Turkana palm leaf huts, a dinning/lounge,
kitchen, showers and toilets. A 20-seat boat is based here
and is available for sunset cruises and exploring the
surrounding areas. On this Kenya over land safari you will see a great variety of tribes
during the tour and cross the Chalbi Desert if dry. During
the rains it becomes an enormous shallow lake.
Day 1 – 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 Uaso Nyiro River.
Day 2 – Samburu:
The day is spent game viewing in the park. Elephants abound;
you may see lion, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, grevy’s
zebra and oryx.
Day 3 – 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 kudu as the lodge is situated on the edge of a
water-filled crater. As long as the park is dry we drive
through thick forest to the famous Lake Paradise. There are
some very steep hills which are impassable if wet.
Day 4 – 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
Day 5 - 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 scorching 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 [optional] for traditional dances under a star
studded sky at an extra cost if clients wish. Unforgettable
Day 7 – Maralal:
We journey via South Horr and Baragoi to Maralal, another
forested area. The Samburu abound in their red-ochre.
Day 8 – Nairobi:
Heading south again via Laikipia Plains and Thompson Falls
(Nyahururu) we drive back into Nairobi by mid-afternoon.
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