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Rock My Northern Kenya & Lake Turkana Adventure

Northern Kenya – 14 Nights

Tour Highlights

Join us on an intrepid off-the-beaten-path adventure to the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ as we venture to Kenya’s final frontier, a place where few travellers go…

Visit remote national parks and rural villages, as we head up to Lake Turkana, also known as the ‘Jade Sea’, the world’s largest permanent desert lake, stretching all the way into Ethiopia. Explore Samburu National Reserve, where you will meet the Samburu tribe and look for the ‘Special Five’ – the reticulated giraffe (also known as the Somali giraffe), Somali ostrich, beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the gerenuk, as well as lion, leopard and elephant.

Lake Turkana

Samburu National Reserve

Umoja Women’s Village

Mount Ololokwe

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

Cost

  • £1,895 + $500 (local payment, paid on arrival).
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit.

What’s Included

  • 14 Nights Accommodation.
  • 16 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 9 Dinners.
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader & Local Guides.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information.
  • In-Country Transport.
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
  • Nairobi Nairobi Walking Tour.
  • Equator Crossing.
  • Hiking Mt Ololokwe.
  • Rock Pool Hike.
  • Ngurunit Village.
  • Lake Turkana & Viewpoint.
  • El Molo Village & Tribal Visit.
  • Rock Art Visit.
  • Sundowners at Desert Museum (drinks included).
  • Local Dinner.
  • Koobi Fora Fossil Site.
  • Mount Sibiloi.
  • Petrified Forest.
  • Ileret Village.
  • Catholic Church.
  • Singing Wells.
  • Marsabit National Park Safari.
  • Samburu National Reserve Safari.
  • Umoja Women’s Village Visit.

Please Note

  • This is an off-the-beaten-path adventure, for intrepid travellers only!
  • We will be providing all camping equipment, however upgrades may be available in some places that we stay.
  • You will require a moderate level of fitness, a good sense of humour and be prepared for some hot, dusty days.
  • Please note due to the unpredictable nature of this itinerary into the norther frontier we do not recommend booking a flight or onward travel plans until at least the following afternoon of 17th October.

“This is what traveling in Africa should be like. The Kenya & Tanzania adventure hits up all the highlights (and then some), and really lets you immerse yourself in East Africa in a way that’s still comfortable. The tour is great value for money, and don’t be surprised if by the end you’re already thinking about planning a return trip. It was even better than I expected! It was very well-organized, and I felt like we really did see the best of both Kenya and Tanzania. It was a nice mix of the “famous” highlights you expect to see, and also some unique local interaction.”

AMANDA / USA / ROCK MY KENYA & TANZANIA ADVENTURE 2019

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your accommodation for the night.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two at our lovely campsite! Your Rock My Northern Kenya Adventure starts here. Karibu Kenya!

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds)
  • Activities: None

Day 2: Nairobi

 

We’ll spend our first full day getting into life in Kenya and getting on Nairobi time.

In the morning, we’ll take a visit to see the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

In the afternoon, we’ll go on a city tour with a group of former street boys. They’ll share their personal stories with us and show you a side to Nairobi that very few tourists get to experience. You will come away from the experience with a whole mix of emotions and lots of inspiration.

In the evening we’ll go for dinner at a great local restaurant.

*  If you have been on a Kenya trip with us previously and would like to take part in different activities, we can arrange this. Options include: Nairobi National Park, Ngong Hills, Spa Day & Bomas of Kenya.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds)
  • Activities: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi Nairobi Walking Tour

 

Day 3: Mount Ololokwe

Today we will depart Nairobi and begin the journey north, passing the magnificent Mount Kenya and we head up to Mount Ololokwe in the Namunyak Conservancy.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Equator Crossing

Day 4: Mount Ololokwe

We have the day today to hike up Mt Ololokwe, also known as Ol Donyo Sabache, with our Samburu guides.

This area has some stunning expansive scenery and views around northern Kenya and although it’s quite a tough hike up to the top using old elephant and cattle trails, the views are worth it!

We’ll have packed lunch at the top before heading back down for dinner and overnight at camp. 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Hiking Mt Ololokwe

Day 5: Ngurunit/Ndoto Mountains

Continuing our journey north we will pass though several wildlife conservancy areas and the Mathew mountain ranges.

We’ll pass though remote rural villages and see endless scenic views.

From Lasamu Camp we will be able to take a hike up to the rock pools within the Ndoto Mountains and explore Ngurunit village. 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Rock Pool Hike, Ngurunit Village

Day 6: Loiyangalani/Lake Turkana

Today we’ll continue north today to Lake Turkana where we will be staying at the lakeside village of Loiyangalani, home of the Turkana tribe.

On route, we will pass by Mount Kulaland, the largest wind farm in Africa and we’ll see the landscape change to a moonscape of volcanic rocks. 

Lake Turkana, also know as the ‘Jade Sea’ is the worlds largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake, stretching into Ethiopia.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Lake Turkana Viewpoint

Day 7: Loiyangalani/Lake Turkana

In Loiyangalani we’ll have the opportunity to visit an El Molo village, where we will see the historical rock art, visit the Desert Museum for sundowners and have a local dinner of fish, caught in the lake. 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: El Molo Village & Tribal Visit, Rock Art, Sundowners at Desert Museum (drinks included), Local Dinner

Day 8: Sibiloi National Park

Today we’ll be reaching the northern most part of our safari. With very few tourists ever making it up this far and poor infrastructure we can expect bad roads today, but as always, it will be an adventure.

We’ll be following the Lake Turkana shores up to Sibiloi National Park, Kenya’s northern frontier, known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’.

Sibiloi is home to important archaeological sites including Koobi Fora where the fossil remains have contributed more to the understanding of human evolution than any other site in the continent. 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Koobi Fora Fossil Site

Day 9: Sibiloi National Park

Next we’ll explore Sibiloi National Park.

We’ll be checking out the Koobi Fora archeological sites, Mount Sibiloi petrified forest, doing nature walks, game drives and birdwatching. There will also be the option to visit Ileret village on the Ethiopian border or to relax at camp.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Mount Sibiloi, Petrified Forest, Ileret Village

Day 10: North Horr/Kalacha

We’ll now begin heading south east, passing through the local villages of the Gabbra tribe and along the edge of the Chalbi desert.

Conditions of the roads and the weather will determine our overnight destination stop for today.

Through our journey we’ll see endless sand dunes, amazing sunsets and sunrises and for those who love star gazing, hopefully you won’t be disappointed here! 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: None

Day 11: Marsabit National Park

There will be an opportunity to visit the beautiful Catholic church in Kalacha for those who would like before we continue our journey to Marsabit for re-stocking.

Marsabit National Park is a haven for Elephants as well as a wide range of bird life and reptiles. We will be able to visit the Singing Wells, do some hiking in the forest and check out the craters and lakes here. 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Catholic Church, Singing Wells, Hiking, Marsabit National Park Safari

Day 12: Samburu National Reserve

Today we will drive south arriving to Samburu National Reserve for a late evening game drive.

Samburu is home to the ‘Special Five’ the reticulated giraffe (also known as the Somali giraffe), Somali ostrich, beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the gerenuk as well as having a healthy  lion, leopard and elephant population.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Samburu National Reserve Safari

Day 13: Samburu National Reserve

Today we will be able to do early morning and late afternoon game drives in the reserve.

We will also visit the incredible Umoja Women’s Village where you will learn about their amazing work!

Later we can also visit a local bar and restaurant for some local Nyama choma in Archers Post! 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
  • Activities: Samburu National Reserve Safari, Women’s Village Visit

Day 14: Nairobi

After breakfast this morning we will depart Samburu National Park and make the journey back down to Nairobi where our safari will end in the late afternoon. 

In the evening, we’ll say goodbye goodbye over dinner at a fantastic local restaurant.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None

Day 15: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences in Kenya will last a lifetime!

We can arrange your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

 

Essential Info

Duration: 14 Nights

Dates: 

Start: Nairobi, Kenya

Finish: Nairobi, Kenya

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Tough

Cost: £1,895 + $500 (local payment, paid on arrival)

Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 14 nights accommodation. Includes 11 nights camping. Upgrades available in some places at an extra cost.

Transport

  • All transport within Kenya to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle, boat, bus & mini bus).

Activities

 

  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Nairobi Nairobi Walking Tour
  • Equator Crossing
  • Hiking Mt Ololokwe
  • Rock Pool Hike
  • Ngurunit Village
  • Lake Turkana & Viewpoint
  • El Molo Village & Tribal Visit
  • Rock Art
  • Sundowners at Desert Museum (drinks included)
  • Local Dinner
  • Koobi Fora Fossil Site
  • Mount Sibiloi
  • Petrified Forest
  • Ileret Village
  • Catholic Church
  • Singing Wells
  • Marsabit National Park Safari
  • Samburu National Reserve Safari
  • Umoja Women’s Village Visit
  • Flights.
  • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

Please always read the small print.

Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

  • Name of insurance provider.
  • Your policy number.
  • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
  • Your next of kin name and number.

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