KENYA HOLIDAY, CULTURE AND WILDLIFE

Tripoto
1st Jul 2017
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KENYA HOLIDAY, CULTURE AND WILDLIFE

On this trip, we venture to the little visited northern regions, an arid land home to several different ethnic groups including the Samburu, El Moro and Rendille, all of whom adhere to very traditional and unique ways of life. We explore the haunting Chalbi Desert, an ocean of volcanic sand where only the toughest species survive, and continue to Sibiloi National Park and the mighty Lake Turkana, the largest desert lake in the world. Here we find the El Molo, who hunt the hippos and giant crocodiles that they share their home with. On our return, south we visit the stunning Rift Valley lakes with their superb wildlife.

This tour offers travellers the chance to explore parts of Kenya which see very few visitors, giving a glimpse into ways of life that have disappeared in most parts of the world.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax after your flight. Depending on your arrival time, a city tour can be organised.

Accommodation

• Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

• Dinner

Day 2: Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve

Head north to Isiolo village and encounter the colourful nomadic tribes which reside there. Homestay for the night, enjoying a game drive En route and spotting exotic wildlife unique only to this region.

Accommodation

• Homestay (1 night)

Included Activities

• Evening Game drive

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

The early morning finds us out and about on a game drive, a great opportunity for photographs and tracking rare wildlife. We enjoy an afternoon game drive on the dry plains hopefully encountering herds of dusty elephants drinking at waterholes, crocodiles lurking in the shadows and track paw prints of lion, leopard and cheetahs amidst dramatic bushveld.

Accommodation

• Community Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

• Full Game Drive

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 4: Samburu National Reserve to Marsabit National Park

Drive approximately 250 km on a rough road towards the extinct volcano of Marsabit. The peak is surrounded by lush forested hills, forming a welcoming oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. This afternoon we have a guided walk around the nearby lake.

Accommodation

• Tented Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

• Walk to the Lake

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 5: Marsabit National Park to Chalbi Desert

Visit Marsabit town in the morning, where we can see the nomadic Rendille warriors, roaming the land with their iconic cattle, camels and goats wearing traditional dress of purple and red robes, combined with feathers, beads and goat skins. We continue our journey through the land of crater lakes and volcanoes and enter the Chalbi desert, a flat plain formed by an age-old crater lake which fills up to form a shallow body of water during heavy rainfall. Kalacha Dida is an oasis on the edge of the desert and a nourishing watering place for nomadic tribes, mostly Gabbras who are on the move. We set out on a guided walk meeting various tribes living in this harsh yet abundant environment.

Accommodation

• Homestay/Guest House (1 night)

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 6: Chalbi Desert to Sibiloi National Park

A long day of driving through the shifting landscape of the north. Although rather demanding the journey to Sibiloi National Park and the beauty of the remote and wild plains is well worth the effort.

Accommodation

• Community Camp (1 night)

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 7: Sibiloi National Park

The day is spent exploring the landscape. This area is home to a large variety of arid environment species including gerenuk, Oryx, the rare lesser kudu and Grevy's and Common zebra. As well as this, carnivores such as hyenas, golden jackal, cheetah, lion and other small cats including caracal can be found here. Overnight at a lodge.

Accommodation

• Community Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

• Game Drive

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 8-9: Lake Turkana

From the northernmost point of our trip we head south to the shimmering blue-green hues of Lake Turkana. We head to the oasis of Loyang Alani, where we explore the crystal shores, search for exceptionally large Nile crocodiles and encounter the smallest tribe in Kenya, the El Moro, Kenya’s last remaining hunters.

Accommodation

• Homestay (1 night)

Included Activities

• Cultural Experience

• Lake Turkana Boat Ride

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 10: Maralal via Mt. Nyiru

We depart on a stony road heading further south to the jagged peaks of Mount Nyiru as we traverse across lava flows and sand fields. Despite being surrounded by dry desert the peaks of Mount Nyiru are forested. Continue to the small hillside market town of Maralal, pioneered by Somali settlers in the 1920’s. Overnight at a hotel (BLD)

Accommodation

• Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 11 : Lake Baringo

We continue our journey south bound to the shores of Lake Baringo in its hot and dusty setting. The scenic lake is fed by several converging rivers and contains several small islands. We set out on an afternoon walk in search of a variety of bird life.

Accommodation

• Community Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

• Evening walk

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 12 Lake Bogoria

Drive to Lake Bogoria, arriving around lunch time. This afternoon take a game drive. The reserve plays host to kudu as well as impalas, Grant’s gazelles, cheetahs and waterbucks.

Accommodation

• Community Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

• Morning boat ride

• Game drive

• Visit hot springs

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 13 Lake Nakuru

The morning finds us exploring the surrounds of Lake Bogoria and admiring the thousands of pink flamingos which congregate on the lake during season, before driving to Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is renowned for large concentrations of flamingos and is also a sanctuary for the endangered black and white rhinos. This reserve has one of the highest densities of wildlife to be found on the continent and our chance of spotting lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and buffalo are excellent during an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation

• Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities

• Lake Nakuru - Game Drive

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 14: Lake Naivasha

Today we return to Nairobi via Lake Naivasha, an area of spectacular scenery with good opportunities for game and bird watching. We take a boat cruise, searching for hippos, fish eagles and thirsty antelope. In the afternoon, we visit Joy Adamson´ s famous Elsamere farm house. We leave Lake Naivasha at around 3.30pm for the 2 to 3hrs drive directly to Nairobi’s international airport or hotel

Included Activities

• Lake Naivasha boat Ride

• Elsamere Farm House

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Cost Includes:

• Full board accommodation while on safari

• All entrance fees.

• All airport transfers.

• Activities as stated in the itinerary above.

• Exclusive use of a 4x4 seven seater safari van

• Services of an English-speaking driver guide.

• Lunch on the last day

• 1 litre of mineral water per day.

Cost Excludes:

• Drinks and beverages.

• Any item of personal use.

• Travel insurance.

• Visas

• Tips and gratuities

No of Persons

Price Per person

2

$ 4233

3

$ 3645

4

$ 3321

5

$ 3175

6

$ 3057

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