Northern circuit Adventure Tour
15 Days Samburu, Marsabit, Kalacha, Lake Turkana, Maralal, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara Camping Safari
Day One: Nairobi - Samburu
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide and other members of the tour. You will be driven to the northern frontier. This area is a semi desert and thus very dry most of the year. Lunch en route arriving samburu late afternoon. After settling in the tent go for the evening game drive. Game to view includes the Big five, antelopes, gazelles, baisa oryx, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and abundant bird life. Dinner and overnight at the umoja campsite.
Day Two: Samburu
On this day you will have morning and evening game drives. A visit to the Ewaso Ngiro river is most rewarding because it's the only source of water that sustains the wildlife in this reserve. Wild animals converge at the river to quench their thirst. Samburu people and their culture is another attraction and on request the driver guide can take you to the samburu village to experience their culture. All meals and overnight at the umoja campsite.
Day Three: Samburu - Marsabit
Depart and head north along the Trans-African highway to Marsabit N/R, Pitch tent and visit the lodge inside the park and drive to Lake Paradise and Little Lake. Where, an indigenous forest and a desert come together to create the most compelling landscape on earth. Elephants and greater kudu abound. The dense forest in the park is also home to a variety of birds. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day Four: Marsabit - Kalacha
Depart after an early breakfast through the scenic landscape of the arid north with views of picturesque hills arriving at Kalacha, a small Gabbra settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert. The Gabbra are an Eastern Cushite people related to the Somali-Rendille in their historical origins in the southern Ethiopian highlands about AD 1000. The men wear traditional shorts and a blanket-cloak and the women wear a wrap-around and head cloth. They are pastoralists, particularly attached to their camels.
Day Five: Kalacha - Lake Turkana
We depart early crossing the Chalbi Desert to Lake Turkana which is the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometres up to the Kenyan-Ethiopian border. It is surrounded by volcanic rock and desert. We arrive at our semi - permanent beach village where we have our traditional Turkana Huts; making it a perfect place to relax, protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the climate of this remote area.
Day Six: Lake Turkana
The day is spent relaxing and you may visit the local lodge to swim or hire a boat to visit the surrounding area .In addition, we may visit Loiyangalani and the community settled there while in the evening visiting one of the Turkana Manyattas [optional] for traditional dances at an extra cost if clients wish. An unforgettable experience under a star studded sky so close you can almost touch it.Turkana, formerly L. Rudolf is now named after one of the tribes who live on its shores and it is in this area that Richard Leakey uncovered the three million year old fossils of 'Homo Erectus.' This pre historic site is now known as the "Cradle of Mankind". The Lake is also known as the "Jade Sea" because of its remarkable blue - green colour. This is a result of algae particles, which shift with changes of the wind and light, so that the water surface shifts from blue to grey to fabulous jade. The lake is home to the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the world. If the weather permits we take a short sunset boat ride to the surrounding areas.
Day Seven: Lake Turkana - Maralal
We journey via the Horr Valley situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol Doinye Mara viewing the breath taking scenery as we continue to climb one torturous, rocky hills to Maralal. Near Maralal is one of the most breath taking scenes in all of Kenya - the Losiolo escarpment, an endless stretch as land drops down to the Suguta valley.
Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it, like something out of a 'wild west' movie. It boasts a colourful Samburu market and a game sanctuary that lies just outside of town. Maralal is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from the four corners of the world. Dinner and overnight at Yare Camel Camp.
Day Eight: Maralal - Lake Baringo
Have breakfast, break camp and heading south via Laikipia Plains and Nyahururu we may stop at the Thomson falls named after Joseph Thomson who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880s. Shaped by the waters of the Ewaso Narok River, the falls plunge over 72m into a rift, spraying the dark forest below. After lunch we drive to Lake Baringo arriving early afternoon. Evening boat ride in the lake and visit the ancient caves. Lake Baringo has abundance of birdlife, hippos and crocodiles that laze on the lake shores. Dinner and over night at Roberts camp.
Day Nine: Lake Baringo - Lake Bogoria - Lake Nakuru
After breakfast drive to Lake bogoria for a game drive. Lake Bogoria serves as a breeding ground for Flamigos. Beside the abundant birdlife the lake is also famous for it's hot springs and geysers. However caution should be taken as one walks around. The hot gushing waters can boil an egg. After lunch head to lake Nakuru arriving early evening. Dinner and overnight at Chester Hotel
Day Ten: Lake Nakuru
Have your full breakfast early morning and drive to Lake Nakuru which is 5 minutes drive from the hotel. Lake Nakuru is often referred to as a birds paradise because of the millions of pink flamingos found here. The lakes view from the baboon cliff depicts a pink colour due to the feather colouring of the flamingos hence the name "Pink Lake". The park hosts 450 million different bird species both migratory and terrestrial. The park is a world heritage site and recognized as a wet land of international importance. Lake Nakuru has over 50 mammal species and also serves as Black and white rhino sanctuary. The park is home to the highest population of black rhino in Kenya along with white rhinos introduced from south Africa. There are no elephants at Lake Nakuru simply because of the size of the park, elephants require a large area with lots of vegetation to feed on. Dinner and over night at chester hotel.
Day Eleven: Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha
Depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast and drive to Lake Naivasha arriving mid morning. On arrival at fish eagle camp you will be assisted into your respective tents. The driver will pick up your picnic lunches and shortly after transfer to hell's gate park on arrival your driver guide will introduce you to your adventure guide. Your guides will hire mountain bikes and after park formalities begin cycling a midst game, notably there no predators. We will have a stop over at Fitcher's tower for rock climbing. The rock is 500 meters high. Continue cycling up to the ranger's post where we will have our lunch. After lunch at the rangers post you leave the bike and start a walking safari. Enjoy the spectacular views of the gorge including the central tower. The volcanic activity is very evident from the hot water streaming on the walls of the gorge. The guided gorge walk takes two hours. The hot springs and a fabulous scenic landscape besides the diverse wildlife are just incredible. Walk back to pick your bikes and cycle back to the park entrance. You will be driven to Lake Naivasha arriving in good time for an evening boat ride. The lake is at the highest point off all the lakes within the Rift Valley. The lake stand at 1800 meters above sea level and it is a fresh water lake. The lake has schools of hippos and abundant bird life most notably the fish eagle. Dinner and over night at Fish Eagle Camp.
Day Twelve: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara
Depart Lake Naivasha after breakfast and head to Masai Mara. We will have a stop over at Narok town where we will have and also shop for more supplys. Afterward continue on arriving the camp late afternoon. The world re known Masai Mara is famed for the millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras that cross the Mara river forming the wildebeest migration spectacle. You will be assisted to check into your respective tents and then head out for your evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at either (Mara sidai, Enchoro, Manyatta, Mara Springs, acacia campsites)
Day Thirteen & Fourteen: Masai Mara
Two full days game drive in the most famous game reserve in kenya famed for the wildlife migration that happens annually between the months of july and October. After breakfast our cooks will prepare picnic lunch. The entire day is spent game viewing taking a break to have lunch close to the Mara river. Optional activities include Masai Village visit or balloon safari which can be in corprated in the normal scheduled game drives at an extra cost. Another option is to return to the camp by four o'clock and after having a cup of coffee or tea head out for an escourted walking safari with a masai warrior. Dinner and overnight at either (Mara sidai, Enchoro, Manyatta, Mara Springs, acacia campsites)
Day Fifteen: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Have an early breakfast and go for a short game for a chance to spot any game you might have missed on your previous game drives. Later depart and drive to Nairobi late afternoon. Lunch en route. Drop off at a hotel in the city or the airport for your onward flight back home.
Northern circuit Adventure Tour Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom 4x4 Land Cruiser with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Camping fees.
- Services of an English speaking hiking guide and a cook.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Northern circuit Adventure Tour Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.