11: 9 Days Overland
Kenya Northern Frontier
of Interest: Northern Frontier District, Samburu
Game Reserve(Gerenuk and Grevys Zebra), Marsabit
National Park, Kalacha, Chalbi Desert, Loiyangalani,
Lake Turkana, Turkana Villages, Maralal, Nyahururu,
Culture, Ethnic, Samburu village visit (optional
extra cost), Boat Ride, Wildlife, Camping, Traditional
Turkana Bandas, El molo village visit, Bird Watching,
Scenery, Photography, Swimming Facilities (optional
at extra cost), Use of Oasis Lodge Facilities (optional
at extra cost).
Kenya is lightly populated, untamed and often barren.
Setting foot in these parts is like leaving the
21st century; it is an explorer’s heaven, and the
variety of tribes that live here are some of the
most captivating people in the world. They include
the Samburu, Turkana, Rendille, Boran, Gabbra and
El – Molo.
1 – Samburu
Depart Nairobi in the morning heading north via
the shoulder of Africa's second largest mountain,
Mt Kenya to the Samburu Game Reserve. Accommodation
in our semi-permanent campsite 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 climates.
2 – Samburu
day is spent game viewing in the park.
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.
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. 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
3 – Marsabit
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
outfits, beads and earrings make it a vibrant place.
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 the
most compelling landscape on earth. Elephants
and greater kudu abound. The dense forest in the
park is also home to a variety of birds.
4 – Kalacha
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.
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
5 - Lake Turkana
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 a perfect place to relax, protected from
the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the
climate of this remote area.
Day 6 - Lake Turkana
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).
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.
formerly L. 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 pre historic
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.
7 – Maralal
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.
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
8 – Nairobi
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 by mid-afternoon.
is USD $ 1,195 per person sharing Min 5 pax
- Transportation in a custom safari minibus with
pop-up roof ideal for game viewing and sightseeing[joining
- Services of a trained and experienced English
- All camping equipments
- Three meals per day
- Bottled water for use during the safari
- Game drives and all park entry fees
- International air transportation to and from Nairobi
- Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage
insurance, laundry, beverages