ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI
Arrival and reception at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi. Then Transfer to Osoita Lodge in the outskirts of Nairobi, from which place the safari will start. Briefing and presentation of the dirt bikes for the adventure tour starting the next day, dinner and overnight at Osoita.
NAIROBI – LAKE NAIVASHA
15 km of tarmac and 115 km of dusty and stony-gravel tracks (6 hours including breaks)
Breakfast then depart towards the Ngong hills. Roll down through a steep track into the land of Maasai of Kedong, right into the heart of the Great Rift Valley. You won’t wait too long before meeting the first wild animals. Picnic lunch en route. Drive up the Mau Escarpment, passing through villages and scenic landscapes of the Great Rift Valley then descend towards Lake Naivasha. Arrive at the campsite next to the lakeshore and under yellow acacia trees, graced by girafes, impalas and Thomson gazelles. Dinner around a camp bonfire and overnight under camping tent.
NAIVASHA – MARALAL
55 Km of tarmac + 240 of dirt tracks (10 hours including breaks)
Depart after breakfast to Nakuru then on to a tarmac road that winds its way up the escarpment and commands a splendid view over the rift valley. Cross the equator line at Subukia village then up again onto Laikipia plateau where man shares a vast territory with elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras… soon, Mount Kenya appears at the horizon, with its shiny glacier capping its summit. In the afternoon, arrive at Maralal, the gate to the Northern deserts. Diner and night at Ngari Hill Cottage.
MARALAL – LAKE TURKANA
225 Km of stone and sandy tracks (9 hours ride)
Depart after breakfast taking a track with an amazing view over the rift valley then plunges into the bottom of a deep northward stretching valley: The Suguta valley. Cross through South Horr village, shaded by an oasis of acacia trees, where Samburu and Turkana herdsmen meet to trade their livestock (goats and camels). In the afternoon take a track of black lava stones which ushers you to the shores of the biggest soda lake of the rift valley; Lake Turkana or Jade sea. Its extraordinary turquoise colour is due to the concentration of microscopic algae. This is also the lowest point in the entire Rift Valley, the climate is hot and dry. Arrive at Loyangalani, an oasis of palm trees situated in the middle if a harsh environment where nomadic tribes come to fetch the precious fresh water essential for their survival. Check in at Oasis Lodge for dinner and night.
LAKE TURKANA – CHALBI DESERT
145 Km of sand and stone tracks (6 hours ride)
Depart after breakfast along the shores of the saline Lake Turkana, teeming in fish (Giant Nile perch) and the Nile Crocs. The local tribes live almost exclusively on fishing but also occasionally hunt crocs and hippos for meat. Then leave the lake shore towards east and Chalbi desert, a dry soda lake bordered by sand dunes. Arrive end of afternoon at the oasis of Karacha to pitch tents and set the camp in the middle of nowhere. Dinner and night under camping tent.
CHALBI DESERT – SOUTH HORR
190 km of sand and stone track (9 hours ride)
Break camp then move across the spread of Chalbi soda lake. Encounter with the nomadic Gabbra and Galla peoples, heading to Marsabit market with their herds of camels laded with salt. At Kargi change direction towards the massive Mount Kulal sitting dominatingly on the horizon then head direct to South Horr. Encounter with Samburu and Rendile pastoralists herding their flocks of goats and camels in search of pasture water. Arrive end of afternoon at South Horr campsite nested in a luxury refreshing vegetation. Dinner then night under camping tent.
SOUTH HORR – LAKE BARINGO
255 Km of sand and earth tracks (10 hours ride)
Depart after breakfast to Maralal mountains then through a track descending to Lake Baringo along Laikipia plateau, encounter with Pokot peoples, close relations of the Turkana tribe of Nile ancient origin. Arrive in the afternoon at the shore of the fresh water lake Baringo; rich in an amazing birdlife, also hippos and crocs. Dinner and night at Robert’s camp right on the lake shore.
LAKE BARINGO – LAKE ELEMENTAITA
120 km of tarmac and 45 km of gravel road (6 hours including breaks)
Breakfast then depart towards Nakuru town then take a stone track leading to Lake Elementaita. Arrive at Sleeping Warrior Camp, a small charming camp located in the private Soysambu Reserve, ensconced amidst a landscape of volcanic hills. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
ELEMENTAITA – NAIROBI
80 Km of dirt tracks and 60m Km of tarmac (6 hours ride)
Last leg going round Lake Elementaita then up the Nairobi plateau. Arrive end of afternoon at Osoita Lodge for a shower followed by a farewell dinner at Carnivore restaurant and a transfer to the airport for return flight.