13 days Spectacular Lake Turkana Safari / Camel Treks
This is a special safari operated from a safari truck equipped for rough terrain. Camping is at camp sites and in the bush, depending on our location. All camp equipment is provided (except sleeping bags). Our cook will keep you well fed throughout safari. After leaving the safari vehicle at Maralal, you continue on camels, trekking in the bush with Samburu guides who speak English.
They will keep you entertained with local stories and culture. Enjoy a Samburu dance on your last night at Yare Club in self contained Bandas, and on day 13 you are transferred back to Nairobi for departure home or an extension.
Arrive at the airport, are picked by a Leading Expeditions team and transferred to Nairobi budget hotel on bed and breakfast.
Breakfast and leave for Samburu with lunch en-route. The afternoon is spent in a local community encounters with the Samburu people.
Dinner and overnight at Samburu campsite.
Breakfast at camp and visit the local communities en-route to Marsabit. Marsabit is an extinct volcano heavily forested on the upper slopes.
Dinner and overnight at Marsabit campsite.
After visiting Marsabit town, we make our way down into the desert and lava flows with a visit to a local village. We camp at Kalacha, a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi desert.
Breakfast and leave for a whole day visiting the local communities. The desert cannot be crossed if wet, but there is an all weather road around the North side which is mostly lava.
We camp at Kalacha, a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi desert.
A day exploring, bathing and resting at Loiyangalani with boat excursion to El Molo bay.
Dinner and overnight at campsite.
We journey south via S. Horr and Baragoi to Yare Club at Maralal. Another forested area, Samburu and Rendile abound in their red ochre. Dinner in camp before joining the camel section, overnight in self contained Bandas.
After breakfast you set off to the Maralal villages where you have a cultural experience of the community. It should be remembered that this is not primarily a game-viewing safari, but you never know what you might bump into.
Dinner and overnight at campsite
After a hot breakfast you set off through the bush. You may ride or walk, the pace is slow and the camels can allow you to change whenever you wish. Mattresses pad the locally made wooden frames 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 stop due to washed out riverbeds.
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. We find attractive and unexplored Oases and deep wells perched on the edge of the Dida Galgalu plains. Here nomadic peoples water their goats oblivious of the visitors. Eventually we find ourselves at the Kalacha Oasis – a natural spring creating an incredible island of life in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions – Ostrich, Sand grouse, Water birds, Jackals, and much more are seen here. On your arrival at camp a shower awaits you [water permitting] and your cook will have afternoon tea and snacks ready for you.
The El Molo are the smallest ethnic group in Kenya, numbering about 300 people. According to some historians, the ‘pure’ El Molo may number only forty. The rest being of combined Samburu and Turkana blood. Later in the afternoon you may choose to go on a nature walk with your Moran guides. Dinner and overnight at campsite.
Usually returning to our Club about midday, you are free to explore Maralal town after lunch, or just relax around the camp. If you choose to visit the town, your Moran guides will accompany you to add to the experience. Before dusk the Samburu Morans and ladies will dance for you at the camp, before dinner and overnight in our Bandas.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Nairobi in an available vehicle in time for your next destination.
All park fees
Transport in a comfortable custom-built safari vehicles with a window seat guarantee (4WDs)
Services of a qualified tour driver/guide
All meals and drinking water on safari
Accommodation in tents
Camel hire fees