HomeAboutTech & BusinessLIFESTYLEPhotography/FashionPOETRY LIFESTYLE Don’t miss the Marsabit – Lake Turkana Cultural Festival April 10, 2017
In some trips people just go to view stuff and fail to benefit from the adventure. Most Kenyans opt to go as far as Dubai to take selfies and post them on social media. Others just visit Mt. Longonot. Then they come back with blisters allover their legs and hands. You might think they were climbing the mountain with their stomach – FYI this is on a lighter note don’t take offense if you are one them.
Well, Kenya’s prolific photographer and entrepreneur, David Macharia has something for you that’s probably going to change your life as a Kenyan or somebody who likes adventure. He has partnered with incredible wildlife adventurers who know the ins and outs of the country’s national reserves and parks to come up with an informative and fun trip that I think every Kenyan should take advantage of.
As a participant, you will be able to view and appreciate the cultural diversity in Marsabit and Lake Turkana because all the communities in those ares will be participating in the famous Lake Turkana Cultural Festival. Ideally, Marsabit- Lake Turkana Cultural Festival is kind of a conglomerate of 14 communities that forms the the larger Marsabit County’s population. The festival was proposed by the local communities who live 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 Lake Turkana Cultural will house and feature amazing performances and cultural traditions of 14 ethnic communities which in Marsabit County: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee, Waata, Burji and Somali. The fourteen tribes will showcase their customs, living conditions, their spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts, dances and music in a unique and fascinating way. The visitors will also enjoy the stunning geographical characteristics and the limited general knowledge about the Lake Turkana and Marsabit County.
The Lake Turkana Cultural Festival
DAY1: TUESDAY 2ND MAY NAIROBI – SAMBURU
Early morning departure from our central point in Nairobi city to Samburu.Enjoy lunch en-route before arriving at Samburu National Reserve in the afternoon, with en-route game-drive. Samburu is a semi-arid ecosystem that teems with a host of wildlife endemic to the northern part of Kenya. Chief among them being, reticulated giraffe, gravy zebra, oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk (the gazelle with the longest neck) among others. Apart from the endemic species, elephants, buffaloes, gazelles, crocodiles, impalas, lions, dik-diks, elusive cheetahs and leopards are also found here.Dinner and overnight stay at the park.
Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner.
DAY2: WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY SAMBURU – LAISAMIS
Very early morning game drive at 6.30 amReturn to the camp at 9.30 am for breakfastBreak camp at 10.00 amDepart the camp with en-route game-drive, if time permits we can visit the Samburu Village.Arrive Laisamis Camp late in the afternoonSetup camp for overnight
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner.
DAY 3: THURSDAY 4TH MAY LAISAMIS – LOIYANGALANI
Immediately after breakfast break camp and head to LoiyangalaniArrive in the afternoonHave late lunchDinner and Overnight stay at the camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
DAY 4 & 5 (FRIDAY 5th & SATURDAY 6th MAY) – 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.
DAY6: SUNDAY 7TH MAY LOIYANGALANI – SAMBURU CAMP
Very early breakfast in anticipation of another long but scenic drive, to arrive camp in the afternoon.Setup camp for overnight
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
DAY 7: MONDAY 8TH MAY SAMBURU CAMP – NAIROBI
Early morning breakfastBreak camp and head to Nairobi.Arrive in the late evening
Meal plan: Breakfast
Non-resident rate USD 550 per person sharing
Resident rate KSH 45,000 per person sharing
Citizen rate KSH40,000 per person sharing
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RATE:
Transport by an over land safari truckGame drive at Samburu National ReserveServices of professional speaking driver, guide and cookAll camp site feesCooking and camping equipment including use of our two-person tents (each tent shared by 2 people), stools, foam mattresses3 Meals per dayParticipation in the festival at Loyangalani
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATE:
Park entrance fees at SamburuOptional activities as indicated e.g. boat rides on Lake Turkana, camel ride, hire of local guides etc.Personal travel / Medical insuranceSleeping bags / blankets / pillowsLunch on the last dayAll personal expenses and toiletries; e.g. additional mineral water, beverages & toiletries
WHAT TO BRING
Mosquito repellent and anti-malarial pillsIdentification Card or International passportSmall blanket, sheet and a pillowSleeping bag.Rack sackHealth insuranceSense of respect to country laws, people and culture.Money for personal drinks and optional activities and excursionsTips for road crewCredit or debit cards NB; VISA – best option.Prescription drugs you may be taking.FlashlightSunglassesMotion sickness pillsSleeping bags / blanketsSense of adventure
Payment For Lake Turkana Cultural Festival
Pay KShs 5,000 to book your slot.
NB: The booking fee is used to secure bookings with our ground suppliers. It is Non-refundable.
M-Pesa Till Number: 717611
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