Wildlife Tours

12 Days Exploring Northern Kenya Tribes and Kenya Wildlife Experience AT Samburu National Park

 Nairobi, Kenya
 12th Feb - 01st Jul

Overview

Kenya is best known for its incredible national parks and rich fauna, regarded as 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, Samburu,Emolo, Gabbra people 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.

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, 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. 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 some that needs a high degree of flexibility and calmness.

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 and this 12 day will take you to over 14 tribes in the northern Kenya like Gabbra tribe, Turkana tribe, Samburu tribe, Rendille tribe, Pokot tribe, Luo tribe,Wata tribe, El molo tribe, Konso tribe, Burji tribe, Borana tribe, Dassanach tribe, and a game viewing to one of Kenya’s top National park at Samburu National Park. “If you’re a fan of tribal and wildlife adventures expect the best.”

Itinerary In Summary
Day 1- Arrival and transfer to your lodge in Nairobi.
Day 2 – Transfer From Nairobi City to Samburu National Park.
Day 3 and 4 – Exploring the Samburu National Park and Samburu villages
Day 5 –Transfer To Loyangalani ( Kaisut Desert).
Day 6 - Explore Turkana Tribe.
Day 7- Explore the El molo Tribe.
Day 8 – Transfer From Loingalayi Chalbi Desert To Explore Gabbra people
Day 9- Explore the Gabbra Tribe in Chalbi Desert.
Day 10 – Transfer To Marsabit Town
Day 11- Transfer from Marsabit To Samburu Community
Day 12- Transfer from Samburu To Nairobi City.

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Tour Overview

Availability

January 01 - December 31

Duration

12D/11N

Pickup Location

pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise

Language

English

Car PickUp

Available

Tour Guide

Included

Included

  • Tourism Site Entrance Fee
  • Fallboard Accommodation for 11 Nights.
  • Transfers in comfortable safari tour Land Cruiser or Van.
  • Ultimate wild safaris experienced English speaking driver guide.
  • Bottled water
  • Game viewing at samburu national park.
  • Photography

Excluded

  • Visas
  • Tips for Driver and Guides
  • Souvenirs
  • Insurance
  • Air tickets
  • Drinks from the Accommodation
  • Laundry
  • A night in Nairobi for your last day of the tour.
  • Anything not added in itinerary.

Itenary

Day 1
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your lodge in Nairobi.
    On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International, you will meet ultimate wild safaris representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Nairobi city for an overnight.
    Accommodation: Kenya In
    Meal Plan: LD

Day 2
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 2: Volcano National Park, Rwanda
    Transfer from Nairobi City to Sambura National Park. In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred from your lodge to embark on 6 -7 hours drive to north towards Nanyuki and Mount Kenya (the snow coped and 2rd highest peak in Africa 5,199m high), crossing the equator and heading to the lands of the Samburu people and samburu national with enroot lunch.

    Finally; an overnight in the land of Samburu people.
    Accommodation: Lion Cave Campsite
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 3
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 3: Game Viewing at Samburu National Park.
    After early morning breakfast, you will have a five kilometer to the park headquarter for a morning game drive with your driver guide who will help you spot the plethora of wildlife found in the Park.

    You will be able to spot a lot of the African animal for example:, buffaloes, lions, leopards,cheetah,hyenas,hippos,olive baboons,warthogs,mongooses, different species of antelope and many birds to over 450 species like kingfisher,woodpeckers,hornbills,barbets,bishops,weavers,shrikes,sunbirds and etc.

    They are all there! You will drive back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch you take have a talk with your guide to either have a drive to the community for evening sunset photography or go back to park an evening game drive photography.

    Accommodation: Lion Cave Campsite
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 4
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 4:Exploring Samburu people /Villages.
    Have very early breakfast at 4:30 am then proceed to the community of samburu tribe for morning sunrise photography; there after You will transferred back to the lodge for lunch.

    After lunch you will drive to the community for evening sunset photography, when can choose to visit the same village you visited in the morning or visit a different village.

    This is one of the highlight of the trip; Samburu and Rendille people, two of Kenya’s most striking ethnic groups, and finally an overnight.

    Accommodation: Lion Cave Campsite
    Meal Plan: 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 on 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.

Day 5
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 5: Transfer To Loyangalani ( Kaisut Desert).
    In the morning After breakfast, with enroot lunch you will embark on 6-7 hours drive across some of East Africa’s most dramatic scenery, through the South Horr Valley.

    In the late afternoon you will 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. If time allows you will have evening sunset photography to the Rendille tribe and finally overnight.
    Accommodation: Malabo Resort
    Meal Plan: BLD


Day 6
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 6: Explore the Turkana Tribe.
    Today after very early breakfast, you will be transferred to visit Lake Turkana to explore the turkana villages; you will have morning sunrise photography and as well spend all the morning time exploring the fascinating landscape of Turkana community.

    After lunch you will drive back to the community of turkana for evening sunset photography, when can choose to visit the same village you visited in the morning or visit a different village.

    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 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.
    Accommodation: Malabo Resort
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 7
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 7: Explore the El molo Tribe.
    Today after very early breakfast, you will be transferred to Lake Turkana for another encounter but this time round you will not be visiting the turkana villages but a different direction to explore the el molo tribe who are also residents of lake turkans and popular fishermen and women of the loingalayi community;

    You will have morning sunrise photography and as well spend all the morning time exploring the fascinating landscape of El Molo community.

    After lunch you can either go back to El Molo , Turkana, Rendill, Samburu or any tribe of any your choice.
    Accommodation: Malabo Resort
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 8
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 8: Transfer From Loingalayi To Chalbi Desert To Explore Gabbra people
    In the morning after breakfast you can have a short morning sunrise photography for any tribe of your choice either the El Molo , Turkana, Rendill or Samburu ,thereafter you will embark on the road for 5 -6 hours with packed lunch to Kenya’s remote northern frontier, eventually arriving at Kalacha in the evening, a desert oasis that sustains the Gabbra people and their cattle during the dry season, accommodation check in, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation; North Horr Catholic mission
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 9
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 9: Explore the Gabbra Tribe in Chalbi Desert.
    Today you will spend time interacting with the Gabbra in the Chalbi Desert. You will have both the sunrise and sunset photography. 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.
    Accommodation; North Horr Catholic mission
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 10
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 10: Transfer from Gabbra in Chalbi Desert To Marsabit.
    After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred from the land of Gabbra to Marsabit town. This town is found in the Marsabit County it is the big town of this side of northern Kenya, the town houses a number of tribes you will meet while on a walk in the town.
    Accommodation; Silver In Hotel
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 11
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 10: Transfer from Marsabit Town To Samburu Community.
    Today after very early breakfast, you will be transferred for 6 hours drive from the town of Marsabit to samburu community.

    You can either have packed lunch or at your lodge in samburu, if time you will drive back to another village of samburu for evening sunset photography and overnight saty at Lion cave Campsite.
    Meal Plan: BLD

Day 12
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 10: Transfer from Samburu Community To Nairobi City.
    Have breakfast and then embark on the road for 6 hours samburu community to Nairobi capital city or to the airport for your late flight back home or accommodation in Nairobi city.
    Meal Plan: BL

    Please Note:
    There is an optional visit to Solio Rhino sanctuary a popular home both the white and black rhinos. This can be done upon request since it is not added the cost.

    Destination Map
    This tour takes you to Northern Kenya; it starts from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya and ends still in Nairobi. The red symbols indicate how you will travel and the destinations you will visit.