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Chalbi Desert Expedition

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                                          The Chalbi Desert Expedition safari seeks to take you through what is referred to as the backside of Kenya. Starting from the famous Samburu national reserve, you will head north to the marsabit where you will experience diverse culture and contrasting landscapes. You will then traverse the Chalbi desert through Kalacha as Lake Turkana also known as the Jade Sea will beckon you from a distance. From here you will sample the rugged beauty of Mararal countryside before the cool climate of central Kenya replenishes you at Thomson falls.


Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu

After morning breakfast, depart for Samburu National reserve. You will drive north of the equator witnessing rugged terrain as you traverse the thorny landscapes of Samburu country. Its just ‘wildrive’ through the plantations fields of Timau. This is the only region where you will see distinctive wildlife only found on this northern part of the equator. Therefore, pay attention to the presence of matchless species such as Grevy's Zebra, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle, the colorful Somali Ostrich and the stunning reticulated giraffe among other wildlife that shares this semi-arid habitat.

Day 2: Samburu
Spend the day exploring the reserve and its varied species of game their stunning splendor, bueuty and uniqueness. Morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu with a lunch and leisure break at the camp in the mid afternoon. Samburu is home to rare, drought animals that go for long periods of time without water. These include the reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, the blue-shanked Somali Ostrich, gerenuk (or giraffe gazelle) and the Beisa Oryx. The vegetation here is desert rose, desiccated grass and acacia trees or bushes. The Samburu nomadic tribe who are distant cousins to the Maasai inhabits this area. 

Day 3: Samburu / Marsabit
After breakfast, depart for Marsabit National park via the singing wells of the Boran people who form a long chain and sing and ululate in their mother tongue as they fetch water and water their livestock simultaneously. Marsabit is an oasis and extinct volcano, which is densely forested on the upper slopes while the lower slopes are scorched and dry. Access to some parts of the park is hindered by extensive dense forest and undergrowth. The park is home to jumbo elephants and was home to Ahmed, the elephant’s whose statue is outside the National museum in Nairobi who was one of the largest elephants ever seen in Kenya. 

Day 4: Marsabit / Kalacha
After breakfast make your way past the lava flows to Kalacha Goda, a small settlement at the edge of the chalt: Kalacha’s iconic location between Maikoma and North Horr and especially on the edge of an oasis in Chalbi desert makes it the most ideal stop over for Chalbi adventurous. It lies 40 miles south of the Ethiopian border and is characterized by arid wilderness with diverse scale of splendor and seclusion as the chalbi desert stretch to the distant horizon. The forested mountains of south Horr and Kulai lie to the west as you continue north into the Chalbi Desert. In the evening, Enjoy Gabbra dancers and plays, demonstrating traditional Gabbra marriage ceremonies or visit the village to gain an insight into Gabbra traditions.

Day 5: Kalacha / Lake Turkana
After breakfast, depart for Loiyangalani, the name used for the south eastern shore of Lake Turkana, arriving in the mid afternoon across the Chalbi Desert. The desert cannot be crossed in wet weather as the whole of it becomes a shallow lake but alternative roads are available around the north and south.

Day 6: Lake Turkana
A full day at leisure by the lake. Lake Turkana offers itself as the ideal destination for the intrepid traveler seeking to experience bio-diversity at its best: ornithology, anthropology, archaeology, culture, fishing, game viewing, astronomy, photography and adventure. Although the lake and its environs have been popular for expeditions of every sort under the tutelage of guides, rangers and experienced persons, they certainly must be considered hazardous for unguided tourists. The rocks of the surrounding area are predominantly volcanic. Central Island is an active volcano, emitting vapors. Swimming is not permitted, as the lake’s waters are crocodile infested. At extra cost, you can visit the village of the El-Molo tribesmen who are said to be the smallest tribe in Africa

Day 7: Lake Turkana / Maralal
After breakfast, depart Loiyangalani for Maralal. Maralal is a frontier town, the start of the Great Northern wilderness and the staging post for many great adventures. This simple town is a thriving centre for the local Samburu people, and the streets are always busy with camels, passing warriors and tradersThe town is used as a transit point enroute or from Lake Turkana. Lunch will be served enroute

Day 8: Maralal / Nairobi
After breakfast, depart for Nairobi, lunch enroute. You will stop at the scenic Thompson Falls, which are named after Joseph Thompson, one of the first European explorers who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the 1880’s. Arrive Nairobi in the mid afternoon

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