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Turkana Festival Tour

Camping: US$2295​

The Lake Turkana Festival is one of the cultural highlights on Kenya’s calendar.  Ten communities in this remote corner of the world coming together to celebrate their differences – don’t you want to be a part of that?!

11 June: Arrive Nairobi

On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met and taken to Wildebeest Eco Camp for the night.

12 June: Nairobi to Ngurunit

Today you will proceed to Ngurunit centre which is mainly dominated by the Samburu people.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 8 hours

13 June: Ngurunit to Loiyangalani


Drive into Loiyangalani, the location of the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival.  This exotic corner of Kenya will be your home for the next three days as you enjoy the fabulous Lake Turkana and learn more about the tribes you have been seeing along the way. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 4 hours

14-16 June: Lake Turkana Festival  


A number of activities are organised for festival-goers and you are free to choose your participation levels.  There are excursions to out-lying communities as well as cultural displays at the site.  
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

17 June: Loiyangalani to Kalacha


After breakfast proceed further north to North Horr, visit a Gabra village and learn more of the Gabra tradition.  Also visit one of the largest sand dunes in the desert.  Later drive to Kalacha centre on the fringes of the Chalbi Desert.  Here you will be able to interact with the Gabra people inside a traditional village, learn their culture.   

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 4 hours


18 June: Kalacha to Kargi


After breakfast, drive to Kargi, via Maikona, where you will meet the Rendille community in their traditional village.  Here you will have an opportunity to sample their way of life.  Kargi is approximately 125kms from Kalacha on a rough road.  On the way, visit the Kalacha springs where the Gabra camels and goats get their drinking water. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 3 hours


19 June: Kargi to Samburu


In the morning proceed to Archers Post.  Spend the afternoon with the Umoja Women, a Samburu empowerment group for women escaping domestic violence.  The women live together in a typical village set up and through some generous donations have been able to build a school for their children.  Alternatively, you may opt to go for a game drive in the Samburu National Reserve (extra cost).

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 4 hours


20 June: Samburu to Nairobi


Head south, driving some of the day in the shadow of majestic Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest peak and Africa’s second.  We cross the equator where you can test for yourself the theory that water drains in the opposite directions in the two hemispheres.  Arrive in Nairobi in the afternoon, where we will drop you back at your accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Approximate driving time: 7 hours


  • All accommodation, including tent and mattress hire and camping fees (bring your own sleeping bag)

  • All meals listed in the itinerary plus 2 litres bottled water per person per day

  • All transport and tours/game drives as listed on the itinerary in a comfortable safari 4x4 Land Cruiser with pop-up roof fit for photography, game viewing and touring

  • Services of professional English-speaking driver-guide

  • Contributions to each village visited



Not Included:

  • International flights and visas (approximately $50, to be confirmed by you for your nationality)

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals not listed

  • Personal expenses or room charges including laundry, drinks and phone calls

  • Vaccinations

  • Additional optional activities

  • Tipping or gratuities – an entirely personal gesture

Partners' combined experience of 17 years

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