Nairobi – Samburu and buffalo springs Game Reserve (Isiolo)
Depart Nairobi and drive north towards the central highlands of Kenya via Nanyuki and on to Mt. Kenya to the remote, semi-arid Samburu. This is the motherland of the nomadic Samburu people, whose culture confers great value to tending their livestock; cattle, sheep, goats and camels. This being their main economic activity. Samburu is opulent in species not seen in other southern Kenya's more famous parks, such as reticulated giraffes, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and Somali ostriches. There’s a good chance of catching a glimpse of lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. The semi-arid landscape is dramatic, with picturesque views of the rugged outcrop of the beautiful Mt. Ololokwe a prominent feature. The Ewaso Ng’iro River, which acts as part of the formation of the southern boundary of the reserve, attracts varied birds species and is a popular watering point for elephants.
Arrive at your lodge-Samburu Sopa Lodge in time for lunch and some relaxation. Take an evening drive for some game viewing of the area guided by our expert driver-guide, who will astound you with his ability to spot game hidden in the bush. Return to the lodge in time for dinner and refreshments.
After an early breakfast we will depart Isiolo for Marsabit National Park hoping to arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, we will go for a game drive in the National park and as long as the roads are in permitting conditions we drive to the seasonal Lake Paradise and Little Lake. We will have a chance to visit Mount Marsabit which is a basaltic shield volcano in Kenya. We will thereafter proceed to Marsabit Lodge for dinner and overnight.
We set out after an early breakfast through the scenic landscape of the arid north with views of striking hills, crossing the outskirts of the magnificent Chalbi Desert transiting North Horr before arriving at Loyangalani town. We will briefly stop at the Kalacha: this is a small Gabbra settlement right on the edge of the Chalbi Desert and consume our picnic lunch, then proceed to Loyangalani. We check in oasis lodge Loiyangalani for the night in anticipation for the next day’s festival. (Registration takes place as and when participants arrive.)
After breakfast at the lodge the day will be spent with the local groups displaying their culture and we will get a chance to intermingle with them and learn about their culture since Turkana cultural festival is an immersion of sorts.
The festival encapsulates the traditional awareness, beliefs and morals of communities in Marsabit County. The annual event provides an opportunity to enjoy myriad of intriguing cultures while discovering treasures of the region. The event features exclusive performances and cultural traditions from at least twelve of the ethnic communities which live in the Marsabit County: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Burji, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Gabra, Garee, and the Waata. The presentation include information on their customs in addition to living conditions. There is a spectacular display of traditional costumes, arts, crafts, dances and music. This ensures that it is a unique and fascinating experience. Chiefly due to the stunning geographical surroundings and the limited general knowledge about the northern tribes in Kenya.
Other activities of the day may include: boat racing, Moran race, wresting, exhibitions of traditional foods as well as dances by the various tribes (depending on the program from the organizers). There is an option of hiring a boat if the weather and time permits to take a short sunset boat ride to the surrounding areas exploring the jade waters of the lake which is home to the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the world.(payable directly).Return to the lodge in time for dinner and rest in anticipation for more adventures of the following day.
After breakfast, set out for another day of fun at the festival grounds and time permitting, visit the Loyangalani Museum (Desert Museum), the traditional villages of the tribes-especially the almost extinct El Molo.
Return for lunch after which we are free to enjoy in a soothing atmosphere in the shade of the doum palms, a cool drink at the legendary bar, or just swim in the pool then have a sundowner cocktail by the lakeside (optional) as the sun sets before relishing an evening of authentic traditional dancing by the Northern Tribes. Meals and overnight shall be at the Oasis Lodge.
After breakfast we will depart for Maralal we shall have an exciting drive through the pleasantly dusty road with picnic lunch hoping to arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight will be at Maralal Safari Lodge.
Rise early for breakfast then drive south again through Laikipia Plains and Nyahururu, we may stop to have our picnic lunches at the Thomson Falls. The Thompson Falls is named after Joseph Thomson; its believed that he walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria sometime during the early 1880s. These waters of the Ewaso Ng’iro River plunge over 72m into a rift, spraying the dark forest below with a cloud of mist. After lunch we drive back into Nairobi hoping to arrive in early afternoon/evening.
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