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8 Days Turkana Truck via Chalbi Desert

Day 1 – Samburu

Depart from Nairobi in the morning heading north via the shoulder of Mt. Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve. Accomodation in our semi-permanent campsite beautifully set under a canopy if trees or pitch tents on the edge of Uaso Nyiro river.

Day 2 – Samburu

The day is spent game viewing in the park. Elephants abound; you may see lion, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, grevy’s zebra and oryx.

Day 3 – Marsabit

We head north again along the Trans African highway to Marsabit which is an extinct volcano heavily forested on its upper slopes. After setting up camp, we will visit the lodge inside the national park. You may see the elephant, buffalo and kudu as the lodge is situated on the edge of a water-filled crater. We do not go further into the park as thick forest hampers the progress of large vehicles and viewing is difficult.

Day 4 – Kalacha

We visit Marsabit town and another volcanic crater before making our way back into the desert and lava flows. We camp at Kalacha, a small settlement on the edge of the Chalbi desert.

Day 5 – Lake Turkana

We depart early crossing the Chalbi desert. The desert cannot be crossed if wet but there are alternative roads around the north and south. We arrive at our semi-permanent beach campsite just outside Loiyangalani soon after lunch. Here we have our traditional Turkana huts with a cool breeze blowing from the lake for use if available otherwise we pitch tents in an alternative campsite. Indeed a perfect place to relax protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the harsh climate of this remote area.

Day 6 – Lake Turkana

We spend the day relaxing and bathing only interrupted by a short boat excursion to visit the surrounding areas.  In addition we visit Loiyangalani and the community settled there while in the evening we may visit one of the Turkana Manyatas for traditional dances under a star studded sky and an extra cost if clients wish. Unforgettable experience.

Day 7 – Maralal

We journey via South Horr and Baragoi to Maralal, another forested area. The Saamburu abound in their red-ochre.

Day 8- Nairobi

Heading south again via Laikipia plains and Thompsons falls (Nyahururu) we drive back into Nairob arriving by mid-afternoon

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