About This Trip
Beyond the exciting wildlife safaris, what can you expect through this two-week journey? Go to explore different local tribes in Kenya! Start your tour in Nairobi, then enjoy the exhilarating game drive for the Special Five in Samburu National Reserve and meet elephants with the longest tusks in Marsabit National Park. Next, you will learn about the local tribes' culture in Gabra Tribe of Kalacha, El Molo and Turkana Tribes of Loiyangalani, and Pokot village of Maralal. Before your tour ends, you can take a boat to view crocodiles and hippos in Lake Baringo and search for the Big Five in Maasai Mara National Reserve.
- 2 - 3Samburu National ReserveGame Drive for the Special Five, Samburu Village
- 4 - 5Marsabit, Kalacha
Marsabit: Marsabit National Park, Mount Marsabit, Rendille Tribe
Kalacha: Gabra Tribe
- 6 - 7LoiyangalaniBoat Safari, El Molo Tribe, Turkana Tribe
- 8 - 9Maralal, Lake Baringo
Maralal: Camel Safari, Pokot Village
Lake Baringo: Crocodiles and Hippos, Meet the Njemps
- 10 - 13Maasai Mara National ReserveGame Drives For Big Five
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Most people associate Kenya with Maasai Mara and the Maasai people. In fact, besides the Maasai, there are over 40 other tribes in this multi-cultural country and each of them has its language and customs. In this tour, you will be led to explore some representative tribes in the north of Kenya as well as the wildness of Maasai Mara.
Meet your driver guide at the international airport of Nairobi after arrival and take a private transfer to your downtown hotel for check-in and relaxation.D Nairobi
Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu, Brief Game Drive
Depart for Samburu National Reserve after having an early breakfast at the hotel. In the 6.5-hour scenic drive, you will pass fertile lands farming pineapple, coffee, and tea in the central highland.
Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and some leisure, and then have a brief game drive in the National Reserve of Samburu which is famous as the only place to see the Special Five, including the Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk antelope, and the Beisa oryx.B L D Samburu National Reserve
Day 3: Samburu, Safari & Visit to Samburu Tribe
Enjoy a morning game drive in search of the Special Five and the predators that are waiting for the chance to prey on them.
This afternoon, you will be guided to visit a Samburu village. Like other nomadic pastoralists, the Samburu people rear large herds of cows, sheep and goats, moving from one place to another in search of fresh water and grass. Though very similar to the Maasai, the Samburu people are easy to be identified with the colorful and beaded necklaces on their necks.B L D Samburu National Reserve
Day 4: Samburu - Marsabit, Tour of Mount Marsabit
This morning, a 5.5-hour leisurely drive will take you to Marsabit National Park that was once home to the elephant with the longest tusks. Have lunch and break at the lodge.
Late afternoon, have a tour of Mount Marsabit where you will enjoy a refreshing view of Lake Paradise. Covered by the forest that is home to a variety of wild animals and different species of birds, it also an ideal destination for hiking and bird-watching adventures.B L D Marsabit
Day 5: Marsabit - Kalacha, the Rendille People & the Gabra People
The Rendille Tribe occupies the present-day Marsabit County between the Marsabit Hills and Lake Turkana in the north of Kenya. Due to the unfavorable climatic conditions, during the colonial time, they didn't attract too much attention from the British colonialists and therefore were not very affected by colonial rule in Kenya. The Rendille shares some customs with the Samburu and the intermarriage between them even have shaped a hybrid culture.
This morning, after the visit to a Rendille village, a 4.5-hour leisurely drive will take you to Kalacha, where you will discover the Gabra Tribe, an Oromo-speaking camel pastoralist with traditions similar to those of the Israelite people as recorded in Genesis and Exodus. For the Gabra, animals are more than food but also sacrifice to ensure fertility, health, and spiritual peace.B L D Kalacha
Day 6: Kalacha - Loiyangalani, Discovery of the El Molo Tribe
Depart for Loiyangalani via the Chalbi Desert with 5.5 hours on the way. Arrive at the lodge for lunch and refreshment. Late in the afternoon, a visit will be arranged to El Molo Tribe, Kenya's smallest tribe with their lifestyle full of mystery. They fish for a living. They will sell the fresh catch in exchange for necessities and keep some smoked fish as food. They also have their own version of fish oil that they give all the children so that they can be healthy and not get sick.B L D Loiyangalani
Day 7: Loiyangalani, Boat Safari & Visit to Turkana Tribe
This morning, you enjoy a boat safari and have a visit to the southern or central island that is inhabited by Nile crocodiles.
In the afternoon, a visit will be arranged to a Turkana Tribe, where you may see some men with tattoos on their shoulders and arm. The tattoos were made each time when they kill an enemy. There will be a village elder telling you more about their beliefs, interests, and livelihood.B L D Loiyangalani
Day 8: Loiyangalani - Maralal, Camel Safari
Early breakfast will be served followed by checkout, and then depart for Maralal, a simple town always busy with camels, passing warriors and traders. Arrive at the lodge in about 5.5 hours for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a half-day camel safari, visiting forests plains, watering holes and meeting herders in the scenic landscape surrounding Maralal.B L D Maralal
Day 9: Maralal - Lake Baringo, A Visit to a Pokot Village
For Pokot people, the homestead is the social center, where a man has more than one wife and the number of wives in proportion to the man's wealth. The man dominates the decision-making process and tells others what duties they should perform.
After the village tour, a 4.5-hour scenic drive will take you to Lake Baringo.
Afternoon, experience a boat ride as you meet hippos getting into the lake from their overnight grazing, crocodiles sunbathing in the sun rays, aquatic birds hovering over, swimming in, or walking on the water. The boat will also lead you to some islands inhabited by the Njemps, a Maa-speaking community, for a glimpse into their culture and life.B L D Lake Baringo
Day 10: Lake Baringo - Maasai Mara
This morning, after breakfast at the lodge, we will move on to the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. It will take about 6.5 hours on the way. En route, you will stop over to marvel at the beauty of the Great Rift Valley.
Arrive in the afternoon, settle in the lodge for lunch and refreshment.B L D Maasai Mara National Park
Day 11: Maasai Mara National Park, Safaris in Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara is famous for its extraordinary populations of leopards, cheetahs and lions. Have safaris in the morning and afternoon to spot these big cats and many other herbivores, such as elephants, buffalo, giraffes, wildebeest and zebras.B L D Maasai Mara National Park
Day 12: Maasai Mara National Park, On Safaris
Another full day for you to explore the Mara and the awesome creatures living on it. Besides the morning and afternoon game drives, a short walking safari or a night game drive may feast you with some more windfalls.B L D Maasai Mara National Park
Day 13: Maasai Mara National Park, On Safaris
To fully enjoy the beauty and wildness of the Mara, you will need more time and some luck. So, here is another day to do the exploration.B L D Maasai Mara National Park
Day 14: Maasai Mara National Park - Nairobi, Departure
After breakfast at the lodge, embark on the return drive for around 6 hours back to Nairobi airport for your flight back home. If you have a flight departing in the morning, an extra night in Nairobi will be suggested.B
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