Lake Turkana Camping Safari in Kenya

Lake Turkana Camping Safari in Kenya

Package Duration
8 Days / 7 Nights
Destination Covered

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  • Description :
    Areas 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, Thomson Falls.

    Lake Turkana camping safari is an 8 day expedition to Northern Kenya that avoids the rigorous journey across the Chalbi Desert but still transverses rugged country to the frontiers of Kenya and the Lake Turkana. Transport is by custom built four by four Land cruisers that seat 7 people and accommodation is in more up - market canvas tents that are ferried by purpose-built trucks and pitched in the middle of the African Wilderness to create a private camp with all the facilities of a luxury permanent tented camp.

    Northern 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.

    This rugged 1,800-km expedition is run in land cruiser or expedition trucks. You will traverse along some of Africa's worst roads; see beautiful mountain forest surrounded o n all sides by hot dusty deserts, eventually arriving at our camp o n the shores of the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana). Claudious tours has been offering this as our best selling safari for over 21 years especially for those true explorers and travelers who want to get off the tourist beaten track and for it, we are highly recommended.

    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 that are all available for use, if not, we pitch tents nearby. 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.
    Package Includes :
    • Full Board Accommodation
    • Transport
    • Tour Guides
    • Park Fees as mentioned above
    Package Excludes :
    • Tips
    • Laundry
    • Samburu Village visit
    • Extra activities

  • Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu

    Meals: FB

    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.

    Day 2: Samburu

    Meals: FB

    The day is spent game viewing in the park. Samburu 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.

    The 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 here.

    Day 3: Samburu - Marsabit

    Meals: FB

    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.

    After 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.

    Day 4: Marsabit - Kalacha

    Meals: FB

    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.

    The 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 their camels.

    Day 5: Kalacha - Lake Turkana

    Meals: FB

    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

    Meals: FB

    The 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).

    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 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 as 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.

    Day 7: Lake Turkana - Maralal

    Meals: FB

    We depart after break fast 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.

    Maralal 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.

    Day 8: Maralal - Nairobi

    Meals: HB

    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.

  • Package Terms & Conditions :
    • Reservations and Payment:
      When booking your holiday direct with Claudious Tours and Safaris or with your travel agent, please quote the tour number or your own specialized itinerary, intended date for arrival and departure, number of people traveling and sleeping arrangements. This will ensure that our arrangements are to your satisfaction. Gorilla trekking requires a minimum of 12 weeks advance booking. Children under 12 are not allowed to track chimpanzee and children under 15 are not allowed to trek the gorillas. A 40% deposit is required 2 moths before intended departure with the balance to be settled 30days prior to commencement of the tour. We will receipt your money, thereby confirming your safari. If a reservation is made within 30 days of departure, the entire amount must be made at the time of confirmation.

      Full refund will be provided if cancellation occurs in writing 60 days prior to commencement of a safari. Refund on all pre-paid money will be based on cancellation fees levied by hotels and lodges. Generally there is a 50% charge on cancellation within 14-35days, 75% charge within 2 - 14 days, and 100% charge within 48 hours. We reserve the right to deduct all expenses incurred from money paid. Gorilla permits are non-refundable.

      Alteration Of Tour:
      The right is reserved to alter any route or arrangement, to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour should the conditions necessitate. The right is also reserved to decline, accept or retain any member of a tour at any time. Should you fail to join a tour, join it after departure or leave prior to completion, no tour fare refund can be made.

      Transfer Of Booking:
      In the event you are unable to extraordinary circumstances, we may transfer your booking to another party provided the arrangements remain the same and if suppliers (airlines, hotels, etc.) are all ready to accept the transfer. Gorilla permits are transferable in some instances.

      Mode Of Payment:
      All prices are quoted in US Dollars. You may pay by cash or travelers cheque to Claudious Tours and Safaris, or your travel agent. Foreign currency cheques, Payment by credit card may be accepted subject to bank charges at the prevailing rate. Local currency can be accepted at the current dollar-buying rate.

      Mode for transport utilized will be dependent on the number of clients and the route taken based on the specifications of the chosen itinerary. Fully trained and experienced English speaking driver / guides are provided.

      Based on twin bedded rooms or tents with private bathrooms where possible, Single rooms may be available with the payment of a supplement fee but can not always be guaranteed.

      Tour Price:
      The prices quoted are inclusive of all transportation as per the itinerary, park entrance fees, permits where applicable, driver's allowances and full board accommodation. The rates are not inclusive of accommodation and meals while in town, traveler's insurance, local departure taxes, visa fees gratuities, sodas and alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry and other personal expenses.

      Traveller's Insurance:
      You are advised to buy travel insurance through your agent before coming to East Africa, but local evacuation coverage is available in the unlikely event of a medical emergency while out in the bush. Please request this at the time of booking.

      All bookings are accepted on the specific condition that Claudious Tours and Safaris and its agent act only as agents of the passengers in all matters relating to hotel/lodge accommodations, tours transport, etc. and shall not be liable for injury, delay, loss or damage in any manner whatsoever. Claudious Tours and Safaris reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied. The respective laws of the countries visited govern Claudious Tours and Safaris's liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises. Finally, whilst every care is taken, Claudious Tours and Safaris cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to baggage.

      Viewing Animals:
      When it comes to game viewing, please be advised there are no guarantees. It is a privilege to see animal in their natural habits. Take only a photograph; leave only a footprint. A gorilla permit guarantees you will trek gorillas to their location but does not guarantee that the gorilla be in plain sight.

Contact Detail

Claudious Tours and Safaris

Contact Person :-

Claude Edmond

Address :-

P.O. Box 43749-00100, Nairobi, Kenya - 00100

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