10 days Turkana Safari. Travel back in time to the cradle of mankind. Visit the birthplace of our ancestors on the shores of Lake Turkana. Your adventure begins in Nairobi.
Northern Kenya is not densely populated, untamed, and often barren, Visitin
g these parts is like leaving the 21st century. The variety of tribes that live here are some of the most captivating people in Africa. They include the Samburu people, Turkana people, Rendile, Boran, Gabra, and El-Molo. This is a rugged 1,00- km expedition transportation in a 4 X 4 land cruiser or over lands. You will traverse along some of Africa`s worst roads and see beautiful mountain forest surrounded on all sides by dusty deserts, eventually arriving at our camp on the shores of the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana). Simba Paka Safaris is offering this as our best selling safari adventure.
Turkana is the second-largest county in Kenya sweeping the Northwestern corner bordering South Sudan and Uganda. Tagged as the cradle of mankind, this county offers some interesting sites for adventure tourists. This trip focuses on the central circuit of the huge county.
Kenya`s North is the desert and hot region, parched and broken by volcanic activity, where ancient blackened lava flows and endless thorn trees and shrubs stretch from horizon to horizon.
You can get to turkana by 4 x 4 Land cruiser or over land trucks while it is possible to fly to the Lake in a Chartered aircraft. It must be said that flying to Turkana somewhat distills the adventure.
This is a place where the journey is very much part of the destination and it is only by taking the long difficult road that a real sense of remoteness is gained. However, the flight itself is quite an experience, taking in wonderful vistas across suguta valley and providing a bird`s eye view of the lake itself.
Most tourists make the long trip from Nairobi for a period of 2 -3 days stopping en route at Maralal, Samburu, or Marsabit. The trip winds through some beautiful country, and travelers invariably encounter Redile Camel rides, and pass by tiny villages and nomadic encampments along the way.
The history and cultures of the North, the Samburu people, The pokot, the Gabbra, The Borana and many more are written upon the soil of the lake, reached via South Horr, the tiny oasis of Loiyangalani (“the place of the trees) attracts many travelers to its palm groves, where a constant wind offers relief from the searing heat. There is well-maintained campsite and basic bandas here. Many tour operators offer 4 X 4 land cruiser or Overland truck trips. Some times combined with camel safari further south.
Cradle of Mankind
For over 100 years, the National museums of Kenya have been protecting. Preserving, and promoting Kenya`s Historical, Natural, Cultural heritage and recently its Contemporary Art through Museums, Antiques, and Monuments.
Kenya is endowed with the richest pre-historic fossil heritage dating over 100 million years ago, back into the dinosaur age. Lake Turkana ecosystem is amongst Kenya`s six World heritage sites. The lake is the world`s largest desert as well as an alkaline lake containing the largest Nile crocodile population.
The National Museums of Kenya holds the world`s largest collection of human pre-history, the longest and most complete record spanning over 27 million years. This is also a good place for bird watchers and those like flora and fauna plant species related to the evolution theory. Eg; Elephants, crocodiles,-displayed in situ at the cradle of mankind site.
In addition to fossil records, the existence of a long record of technological evolution with tools as old as 2.3 million years old also exists. The study of human evolution still continues to date through the tireless efforts of Kenyan scientist at the National museums of Kenya
Day 1: Nairobi to Marsabit
Depart early from Nairobi and drive north past Nanyuki and the beautiful farmlands of Timau to stop for lunch at Isiolo town. After lunch embarks on the northern tour with a stopover for photos and sightseeing at Mt. Ololokwe.Upon arrival drive up the mountain to the beautiful lake paradise. You will be in time to see the animals come out for a morning drink and splash. Proceed to Marsabit Nomad’s Hotel for dinner and overnight. Lake Paradise on Marsabit National park
Day 2: Marsabit to North Horr
In the morning depart to North Horr a beautiful oasis at the edge of the Chalbi desert. On this day you get to drive through the Chalbi desert. It’s a fun and adventurous ride. Enjoy the beauty and spend the night star gazing. Lunch, dinner and overnight, and at basic desert cottages. Chalbi Desert Adventures
Day 3: North Horr to Loiyangalani (Lake Turkana)
After lunch visits the south Turkana national reserve by boat. Dinner and overnight at palm shades desert cottages.
Day 4: Loiyangalani to mararal
After breakfast, drive south to Maralal, on the way, you get to see the Turkana Wind Farm. The scenery is surreal. Dinner and overnight at Maralal
Day 5 maralal to Baringo
Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo.
Day 6 Baringo to Lodwar leave early Baringo passing through kapendo hot waterfall to lodwar, dinner and overnight at lodwar.
Baringo to Lodwar leave early Baringo passing through kapendo hot waterfalls to Lodwar, dinner, and overnight at Lodwar.
Day 7 Lodwar to kalokol
Leave Lodwar passing through elite spring, overnight at kalokol, After lunch visits the central island by boat, and back to kalokol for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 kalokol
Visiting Furguson gulf and lobolo swamp back to kalokol again for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Kalokol to Kitale Leave kalokol to kitale for dinner and overnight.
Kalokol to Kitale Leave kalokol to kitale for dinner and overnight.