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Availability : Jan 2021 - Jan 2024
Nairobi
Kenya
Min Age : 3+
Max People : 200
Tour Features

Budget Tour: This tour uses budget accommodation options

Private tour: This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

Can start any day: If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Can be customized: You can request changes to this tour.

Solo travelers: Solo travelers can book this private tour. It will be at a slightly higher cost.

Departure & Return Location

Nairobi

Departure Time

6: 30 AM

Price Includes

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Accomodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking guide (Other Languages available on request)
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transport on 4x4 Safari Van/Cruiser
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Drinking water on all days during safari
  • All activities unless listed as optional

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Anything not mentioned

Complementaries

  • Pickup and drop off to hotel
About 7 Day Lake Turkana and Chalbi Desert Safari

Lake Turkana – Explore one of Kenya’s wildest places and marvel at vast volcanic calderas and the Jade Sea itself. Surrounded by volcanoes and ancient lava flows, Chalbi Desert is the hottest and most arid region in Kenya. It has towering sand dunes and volcanic mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1Nairobi - Samburu

Our driver guide will pick you from the your hotel at 0630hrs or Airport and drive north to Samburu National Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at the reserved lodge or camp. After lunch proceed for an afternoon game drive as from 1600hrs until dusk.

Dinner and overnight at Umoja Camp

Meal Plan: Umoja Camp
Accommodation: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 2Samburu - Marsabit

After breakfast we head north along the Trans Africa highway to Marsabit an extinct Volcano heavily forested on the upper slopes. Set up camp and visit the lodge inside the National Park sees elephants buffalo, greater Kudu among others as the lodge is perched on the edge of the water filled crater. Thick forest hampers deeper penetration and viewing so we don’t penetrate further. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation: Nomads Hotel

Day 3Marsabit - North Horr

Leave Marsabit for North Horr through Chalbi Desert. Chalbi Desert is a virtually flat sandy landscape to the east of Lake Turkana was once part of the lake itself and during periods of unusual precipitation large areas still fill to form a very broad and shallow areas of standing water.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Palm Shade or similar

Day 4North Horr - Loiyangalani|Lake Turkana

Early morning departure crossing the Chalbi desert. When wet, the desert can not be crossed and alternative routes to the south and north are used. Arrive at the Palm shade camp outside Loiyangalani enjoying a cool breeze from the lake soon after lunch. Pitch tents and relax protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the harsh climate of this remote area. Dinner and overnight stay at Palm shade camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Palm Shade Resort or similar

Day 5Lake Turkana

The day is spent relaxing and you may visit the local 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. We can even visit the Elmolo tribe which is the smallest tribe in Kenya and have good time with them. Turkana, 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 Erect-us.’ This pre historic site is now known as the “Cradle of Mankind”.

Dinner and overnight stay at Palm shade camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Palm shade Camp.

Day 6Turkana - Maralal

Pick up from your camp as early as 0630am after early breakfast.
We depart heading to Maralal – on arrival we will check in Sunbird Hotel which is just within Maralal town for refreshments. Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it. It is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from all over the world.
Dinner and overnight in Sunbird Hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Sunbird Hotel.

Day 7Back to Nairobi

Breakfast at leisure then depart for Nairobi via Nyahururu (stop at Thompson falls briefly for lunch. After lunch proceed on up South- Arrival into Nairobi in the evening drop off at your hotel or Airport.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Not Included

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