We happily welcome you to join us for the Magnificent Lake Turkana Marsabit Cultural Festival June – July 2018. From 27th June to 2nd July 2018 (6 days, 5 nights). Come and be part of this adventurous 6-day camping safari with emphasis on the Cultural Festival.
Dates: 27th June – 2nd July 2018 (6 days, 5 nights)
Accommodation: Campsites – We will communicate them towards the date of the safari.
Kenyan Citizens: KES 37,500/=
Kenyan Residents: KES 48,000/=
Non Residents: USD 600
Children (between 2-12 years): 75% of the adult rate
Children (below 2 years): Free
Deposit requested to book your space: KES 10,000/=. The deposit requested caters for third-party financial logistics and is non-refundable.
Balance to be paid by 20th June 2018
Price covers the following:
1.) Transport in a comfy overland truck.
2.) Services of a professional English-speaking driver, tour leader and chef.
3.) All campsite fees.
4.) Cooking and camping equipment.
5.) One tent for two people.
6.) Mattresses will be provided.
7.) Meals for vegetarians or non-vegetarians.
8.) Evening coffee.
9.) Participation in the festival activities.
10.) Mt. Ololokwe hiking.
11.) Salsa, Kizomba Dance etc.
12.) Team building.
13.) Agro-tourism (coffee etc).
14.) Government taxes.
Price Does Not cover the following:
× Optional activities as indicated e.g. boat ride on Lake Turkana.
× Entry fee to the Desert Museum, camel ride, hire of local guides etc.
× Accommodation upgrades at the Palm Hotel (from KES 2,000/= per person for bed only).
× Personal travel / medical insurance.
× Sleeping bags or blankets.
× All airport/hotel transfers. *Can be organised at an extra cost.
× All airport taxes and visas.
× All personal items e.g. mineral water, beverages & toiletries.
× Anything else not mentioned.
Safaricom MPesa: Buy Goods – Till Number: 794244 (Green Ranger Safaris)
MPesa Direct Number: +254 721 955 202
Bank Transfer: Bank details will be given upon request.
The following items are essential:
* Valid Passport/ID Card
* Travel insurance (recommended)
* VISA for Kenyan Residents and Non Residents
* Medication in case of a pre-existing medical condition (inform us in advance)
* Pocket money
Here are some other things you should carry (try to pack light):
+ Extra mineral/drinking water
+ Torch, camera, binoculars, hat, sunscreen etc
+ Clothing for both warm weather and cold weather (at night)
+ Personal items, toiletries, snacks etc
✓ Cultural festival
✓ Agro-tourism (coffee etc) in Central Highlands
✓ Mt. Ololokwe Hiking
✓ Camp Crafts and outdoor experience
✓ Team building
✓ Salsa and Kizomba dances etc.
The Marsabit – Lake Turkana Festival is a conglomerate of 14 communities that form the bulk of the larger Marsabit County’s populace. The festival was proposed by the local communities who reside on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana in Marsabit County. It was initiated in the year 2008 and has since been an annual event.
The excellent event will feature unique performances and cultural traditions of 14 ethnic communities which live in Marsabit County: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee, Waata, Burji and Somali. The presentation of the customs and living conditions of the fourteen tribes, their spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts, dances and music is a unique and fascinating experience – in particular in light of the stunning geographical characteristics and the limited general knowledge about the Lake Turkana and Marsabit County.
At first glance, this sounds like a light culture entertainment programme but the event serves a deeper purpose in the region. The Marsabit – Lake Turkana Cultural Festival gives all the communities in Marsabit County an opportunity for cross-cultural interaction, harmony, cohesion, integration, cooperation and trading. The underlying main goal, therefore, has been and continues to be, promotion of peace and reconciliation.
Meeting Time: 6:30 am
Departure Time: 7:00 am (Nairobi – Samburu (approximately 7 hours))
Early morning departure from our central point in Nairobi towards the rich central highlands and Kenya’s Northern frontier. En-route we get to appreciate the amazing agricultural diversity. We stop at the equator sign for a photo session 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. Lunch can also be taken in a Nanyuki Town Hotel – depending on time and weather.
On a clear sky, we will enjoy the superb sunset offered by this beautiful landscape. Archers Post is the home of the wonderful Samburu people.
5:00 pm: Team Building
Meal Plan: Dinner
Archers Post to Loiyangalani (approximately 8 hours). 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 which is very scenic.
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 and Turkana huts in the far distance. We pitch tents in the cool grounds as we enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Depending on time, we will visit the festival grounds where the Cultural Village and inhabitants have set up.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
The 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 local tribes.
Apart from that, there will be optional activities (organised and payable directly) including:- the option of hiring a boat to visit the surrounding area, visiting the desert museum, visiting the local lodge for a swim, a guided visit to rock art sites or visiting Teleki Island by boat. In the evening; you may venture towards the site for more traditional dances and the Desert ‘Disco’!
The night will be spent back at the campsite.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Loiyangalani to Samburu (approximately 8 hours).
Very early breakfast in anticipation of a long but scenic drive back towards Samburu, arriving in the afternoon at our campsite where we will set up camp for the night.
8:00 pm: Salsa and other Latino dances
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Samburu to Nairobi (approximately 7 hours)
6:00 am – 9:00 am: Mt. Ololokwe hiking and bird-watching. This is optional for the adventurous at heart (3 hrs).
8:00 am – 9:30 am: Yummy breakfast
9:30 am: Departure for Nairobi
6:00 pm: Expected time of arrival
Meal Plan: Breakfast
The above safari is a basic Camping Group Safari. The group size is open and there are no restrictions to the number of clients within the group. For smaller groups or private safaris and upgraded accommodation, please contact us – the costs will differ.
Participants are requested to keep time with regards to meeting times, camp set up and pack up as briefed by the tour leader.
The route and campsites on the ground may be subject to change as per general conditions on the day regarding weather, roads, security or any other unforeseeable circumstances.
Kindly invite your friends, family members and others to the Lake Turkana Marsabit Cultural Festival June – July 2018 – The more the merrier.
Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve you!
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