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6 days Marsabit – Lake Turkana Cultural Festival June 2018

6 days Marsabit – Lake Turkana Cultural Festival June 2018

The Marsabit-Lake Turkana cultural Festival will take place for the 12th consecutive year in Loyangalani town; on the shores of the awe-inspiring Jade Sea in June 2018 (actual festival dates 28th to 30 June). This year’s event is co-organized by the County Government of Marsabit, Local Community Festival Committee, Kenya Tourism Board, National Museums of Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service.

It is here where the 14 ethnic communities which live in Marsabit County: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee, Waata, Burji and Somali demonstrate through song and dance their unique differences and traditions. In this remote and forgotten region; we are also made aware of the challenges faced by these minority tribes which include drought, environmental challenges, poor infrastructure and wrangling amongst each other. Thus whilst we awe at their impressive dress and ornaments and study their artifacts and way of life in the dramatic landscape that makes up the north of Kenya; the underlying goal remains and continues to be the promotion of peace and furthermore the appreciation of these fascinating tribes.

This is an adventurous 6 day camping tour with emphasis on the festival event in Loyangalani as well as culture and scenery throughout.

Day 1 (Wed 27th June) – Nairobi to Ewaso N’giro (approx 7 hrs)

Early morning departure from our central point in Nairobi city towards the central highlands and Kenya’s Northern Frontier. We stop at the equator sign for a photo opportunity just before crossing into the Northern frontier and Nanyuki town where we make a brief stop at the shopping Mall. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route before arriving at Archers post for camp set up at a campsite located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Enjoy the excellent sunset offered by this beautiful landscape. Archers post is the home of the Samburu people who abound in their colorful and distinctive garb.

Meal plan – Lunch, dinner.

Day 2 (Thurs 28th June) – Ewaso N’giro to Loiyangalani (via Laisamis) (approx 8 hrs drive)

Early breakfast enjoying another spectacular sunrise before breaking up camp and departing towards the beautiful Jade Sea where the settlement of Loiyangalani is located. We pass by the massive flat topped Samburu sacred mountain known as Mount Ololokwe with it sheer cliffs and turn off towards Laisamis. The drive takes us through dramatic scenery going through the infamous ‘milgis lugga’ (the huge seasonal river that winds its way between the Matthews range and the Ndoto mountains), to the north of the Ndoto mountains and east of Ol donyo mara before arriving at Lake Turkana via the large windmills of the Lake Turkana wind power project. The view of Lake Turkana is particularly breathtaking and we stop for you to enjoy views of the Jade sea with sightings of local fishermen/Turkana huts in the far distance. We pitch up tents in the cool grounds of Palm Shade campsite. Time depending; we visit the festival grounds where the cultural village and inhabitants have set up.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 3 & 4 (Fri 29 & Sat 30 June) – Loiyangani (cultural festival)

The next 2 days will be spent with the local communities exhibiting their culture and you will get a chance to interact with them as well as learn about their culture. The program will include: boat racing, Moran race, wresting; displays of traditional foods as well as dances by the various tribes.

Apart from that; optional activities (organized and payable direct) include:- the option of hiring a boat to visit the surrounding area, visit the desert museum, visit the local lodge for a swim, guided visit to rock art sites or visit Teleki island by boat. In the evening; you may venture towards the site for more traditional dances and desert ‘disco’! Overnight back at the campsite.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 5 (sun 1st July) – Loiyangalani to Ewaso N’giro (approx. 8hrs)

Very early breakfast in anticipation of a long but scenic drive back towards the Ewaso N’giro womens campsite. Set up camp for overnight Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 6 (Mon 2nd July) – Ewaso N’giro to Nairobi (approx.7 hrs)

Early morning breakfast before we break up camp to depart back towards Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon. End of services. Meal plan – Breakfast & lunch.

Included in the rate:

  • Transport by safari vehicle (cruiser or expedition truck depending on final group size)
  • Services of professional English speaking driver, guide and cook
  • All campsite fees
  • Cooking and camping equipment including use of our three-person tents (each tent shared by 2 people), stools, foam mattresses except sleeping bags/ pillows
  • Meals as per meal plan indicated whether vegetarian or non-veg prepared by our safari cook as indicated (includes tea & coffee)
  • 1 liter of mineral water per person per day
  • Flying doctors emergency evacuation cover
  • Participation in the festival activities in Loiyangalani
  • Government taxes

Not included in the rate:

  • Optional activities as indicated e.g. boat rides on Lake Turkana, entry fee to Desert museum, Thomson falls, camel ride, hire of local guides etc
  • Accommodation upgrades in Palm shade (from KSH 2,000 per person bed only)
  • Personal travel/ Medical insurance
  • Sleeping bags/ blankets/ pillows
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers [but can be arranged at extra cost]
  • All airport taxes and visas
  • All personal expenses and toiletries; e.g. additional mineral water, beverages & toiletries
  • Any other extras not stated as included above

N.B) The above tour is a basic camping group tour. The group size is open and there are no restrictions to number within the group. Children younger than 7 years are not permitted on group tours.

– For smaller, private group sizes and upgraded accommodations; please contact us – the costs will differ.

– Participants are requested to keep time with regards to camp set up/ pack up as instructed by tour guides.

– The above tour is adventurous ‘no-frills’ and should be viewed as such. As such, the route may be subject to change as per ground conditions on the day regarding weather, security or any other unforeseeable circumstances.

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