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Best known for its incredible national parks and rich fauna, Kenya is East Africa’s tourism hotspot, and you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing left to discover here. Step away from the better known sites though and Kenya opens up to a wealth of ethnic diversity and traditional tribal groups, very different from the contrived Maasai experiences that one might encounter on a typical safari. Towards the remote and austere northern borders, through forbidding deserts and isolated oases, live the Turkana, Rendille and others, a world away from the luxury lodges and bright lights of Nairobi, both in geography and culture. This area is known as the ‘cradle of mankind, home to some of humans’ earliest origins, and travelling here is like stepping back in time – little has changed here for generations. This is a wild and untamed land, home to warriors, herders and nomads, and travelling here is a journey you’re unlikely to forget.
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Kenya is renowned for its wealth of wildlife, the sweeping plains of the Maasai Mara, and its white sand beaches. But look beyond these stereotypes, glorious though they are, and one can find a diverse kaleidoscope of ethnicities and tribal groups, far removed from the tourist trail and virtually unchanged for generations. On this expedition we head north from the capital into the tribal heartlands that stretch towards the borders with South Sudan and Ethiopia, taking challenging routes and driving through remote areas to meet some of Africa’s most traditional groups. In the harsh lands of the Kaisut Desert we meet the Samburu and Rendille people, pastoralists who compensate for their austere surroundings with stunning body decorations and enormous beaded necklaces. Pushing further north we drive the ‘Jade Sea’, the vast waters of Lake Turkana – one of East Africa’s most remote regions. Here we meet the Turkana people, a proud warrior people who held out against colonial domination until the 1950s, and who still retain a fierce independence from central government. Pushing on into the Chalbi Desert we head for the oasis of Kalacha, a center for the Gabbra people, camel herding nomads who eke an existence from this unforgiving land. Returning south, we stop at Samburu Game Reserve – no visit to Kenya would be complete without at least a little wildlife, after all. We spend a day here on game drives looking for lion, elephant and some of the species which are seldom found elsewhere, such as gerenuk and beisa oryx.
This is a trip through some of East Africa’s most isolated regions – you can expect some full days of driving on rough and non-existent roads to reach these communities, and at times it may be challenging. The rewards however are great – to meet proud warriors and nomadic communities following in the steps of their ancestors, with little influence from the modern world, masters of their own lands yet welcoming to visitors. This is Kenya with a twist, and unlike you have seen it before.
12 Days Magical Kenya Holidays and Tours
Itinerary In Summary:
Day 1 – Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi. 
Day 2 – Kaisut Desert
A full day’s drive north towards Nanyuki and Mount Kenya, crossing the equator and heading to the lands of the Samburu and Rendille people at the base of the Ndoto Mountains and the vast Kaisut Desert.
Days 3-4 – Kaisut Desert
We spend these days exploring the lands of the Samburu and Rendille people, two of Kenya’s most striking ethnic groups.
Days 5-6 – Loyangalani
Drive across some of East Africa’s most dramatic scenery, through the South Horr Valley to Lake Turkana. We spend our time here meeting the Turkana, El Molo and other groups.
Days 7-8 – Chalbi Desert
Drive to Kenya’s remote northern frontier, eventually arriving at Kalacha, a desert oasis that sustains the Gabbra people and their cattle during the dry season.
Days 9-10 – Samburu Game Reserve
Drive south to Samburu Game Reserve and search for its wildlife including lion, elephant and species rarely seen elsewhere such as the reticulated giraffe and gerenuk.
Day 11 – Nairobi
Return to Nairobi and transfer to the airport for departure.
Day 12 – Nairobi City Tour and Departure.
In the morning after breakfast you will be transferred for a city tour to explore some of the sights of this fascinating city and in the evening you board your flight back home. (BL)
Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1 – Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Boulevard Hotel or similar. 
Day 2 – Kaisut Desert
A full day’s drive north towards Nanyuki and Mount Kenya, crossing the equator and heading to the lands of the Samburu and Rendille people at the base of the Ndoto Mountains and the vast Kaisut Desert. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Days 3-4 – Explore Kaisut Desert
We spend these days exploring the lands of the Samburu and Rendille people, two of Kenya’s most striking ethnic groups, visiting their settlements and learning about their way of life in this harsh corner of the country. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Samburu People:
The Samburu people are closely related to the better known Masai and share many of the same characteristics; both are pastoralists with a lifestyle centered around finding grazing for their cattle, and both have a distinct social structure based on age groups. They are the most northerly of the Maa speaking groups, and often refer to themselves as Loikop – ‘those who have territory’, a fierce and proud statement of their success in defending themselves against the equally fierce and proud tribes to the north.
Rendille People:
The Rendille are a Cushitic speaking ethnic group who are often referred to as ‘the holders of the stick of god’. They are nomadic pastoralists who roam with their camels, goats and more recently cattle across a vast swathe of northern Kenya. The Rendille live in semi-permanent villages that are moved only a few times each year, and rarely more than a few kilometers.
Days 5-6 – Loyangalani
Drive across some of East Africa’s most dramatic scenery, through the South Horr Valley. In the late afternoon of Day 5 we arrive at Lake Turkana. The frontier town of Loyangalani is a melting pot of ethnic groups, and divides neatly into tribal zones; the Samburu, Turkana and Rendille have each made one part of the town their home. Day 6 is spent exploring this fascinating landscape, meeting the Turkana, El Molo and other groups. Overnight Malabo Resort or similar. (BLD)
Turkana People:
The Turkana people are renowned for their fighting prowess and are recently thought to be the oldest tribal society in the world. The Turkana can trace their origins to the Dodoth escarpment in north east Uganda, and their related tribal allies the Karamojong. Legend has it that two to three hundred years ago the tribe started to move east. This powerful and influential people, who number over a quarter of a million, mostly live on the western flank of Lake Turkana.
Days 7-8 – Explore Chalbi Desert
A full day’s drive to Kenya’s remote northern frontier, eventually arriving at Kalacha, a desert oasis that sustains the Gabbra people and their cattle during the dry season. On Day 8 we spend time meeting the Gabbra in the Chalbi Desert. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Gabbra People:
The Gabbra follow a traditional age-set system, common amongst the northern nomads, of passing through distinct age groups every seven years. Each age group elects two leaders or ‘hayu’ to act as their representatives at meetings known as ‘dabela’ and convened by the tribal elders. The Gabbra calendar consists of a remarkably accurate 365 days but no leap year. Their religious worship is intended to create ‘nagaya’ (peace) through appeal to Waqa, the god of rain and peace.
Days 9-10 – Explore Samburu Game Reserve
Drive south to Samburu Game Reserve. On Day 10 we have a full day excursion in the reserve. Samburu is home to a number of species rarely seen elsewhere such as the reticulated giraffe and gerenuk, and we spend our time searching for these and other wildlife. Overnight tented camp. (BLD)
Samburu Game Reserve:
Samburu Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River, and is famous as the location where Joy Adamson raised her lioness, Elsa. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife – of the big cats, lion, leopard and cheetah are found here, as well as buffalo and elephant. The last of the ‘big five’, rhino, has been poached out of existence in the reserve. Samburu is well known for providing a habitat for species that are difficult to find in other parks, namely beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Guenther’s dik-dik, and is also home to over 350 bird species.
Day 11 – Nairobi
Return to Nairobi and farewell dinner in a local restaurant  (BLD)
Day 12 – Nairobi City Tour and Departure.
In the morning after breakfast you will be transferred for a city tour to explore some of the sights of this fascinating city and in the evening you board your flight back home. (BL)
TOUR AND SAFARI TRANSPORT
STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN
Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER
We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smart phones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat. 
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