CAMEL SAFARIS

 

These treks are very popular offering a selection of opportunities for the adventurous and environment friendly. We have camel safari arrangements for those who want to have a feel of the Samburu nomadic pastoralist culture, lifestyles, and enjoy the un-spoilt beauty the environment. The trekker will have choices according to ones interests. One may want to move around the Samburu villages, follow livestock to grazing and watering points, and experience the traditional dances, songs, and foods. You may also decide to go to the dense forest for game viewing, bird watching or camp at specific awesome sceneries like the ‘world’s End View- Lesiolo escarpment. The safaris can take from two days to two weeks. One can travel as far as Lake Turkana to the north and roam around the Chalbi desert. If you have only a couple of days, then we can erect a camp for you in the bush, moving each night and serviced from our Maralal Camp. You ride during the day, and return to your new camp for overnight. We supply all foods, and your own cook for these safaris, and can offer you any amount of days charged per day. We can provide extra camels to carry your luggage, with a guide. The options are limitless.

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A ONE WEEK SAFARI

This camel trekking safari take place in the wilds of central north Kenya –Samburu nomadic pastoralists country. It is for adventurous travelers who like to explore the natural and un-spoilt African wilds. They are not luxury safaris, nor rough and uncomfortable. You will ride or walk thorugh the bush guided by the local Samburu morans, one of Kenyas colourful indigenous tribes.. They will inform you of the local customs and explain what you can see as you trek along. It is not arduous; you may walk or ride. Supplies plus any personal needs such as beers, spirits and sodas that you may purchase from the Yare Camp before departing. The camp and shower are erected for you and the cook will keep you well fed for the day's activities. Each afternoon you are free to join a nature walk accompanied by Samburu warriors through the bush

 

Day 1: Nairobi / Maralal
After breakfast, depart from Nairobi traveling via Nyahururu (may stop at the spectacular Thomson’s Falls for lunch as you view the falls- Nyahururu is a Samburu word meaning ‘roaring waters’), to our Yare Camel Camp- Maralal for overnight in self contained bandas cottages.

Day 2: Camel Trekking / Walking
After breakfast depart with your camel and Morans into the bush. You will ride through the area never quite sure what you will see. It should be remembered that this safari is not primarily a game-viewing safari but one can see several wild animals. It is one led by and in total harmony with the local Samburu people.

Picnic lunch en-route will be served at the place you will camp for the night. Thereafter, an optional guided walk through the bush before dinner and overnight under the stars.

 

Day 3/4/5: Camel Trekking / Walking
Mattresses pad the locally wooden frames on the camels, and after breakfast you are set and through the bush either riding or walking as you choose. It is a leisurely pace and you may change from walking to hiking as your prefer. You will pass by Samburu Manyattas that your lead Moran can organize for you to visit. As this is spontaneous, the Morans will discuss with the elders for permission for your entry and you will be asked to pay something towards the family for photography and viewing their homes. This is not always included in the safari cost and is only a small amount offered as a courtesy. Each day you will have a picnic lunch in the bush, and then continue to your next campsite. A shower will be erected for you to dust off (depending on water availability).

 

Day 6: Maralal
The camel trek ends late morning back at the Yare Camp. Here you will shower and take lunch before walking with your Moran guides into the frontier town of Maralal. The art crafts to see, the Samburu market and a way of life different from other places you might have visited on your holiday.
In the evening, the Morans and their ladies will perform dances for you as entertainment at the Camp where you will be free to take as many pictures as you want even to join in the dancing if you feel up to it. This night you are in the bandas again and can clean up before your free return transfer in the morning.

 

Day 7: Maralal / Nairobi
After breakfast, depart southbound back to Nairobi via Laikipia plains. It is usually rare for one not to see wild animals like Giraffes, Elephants, Zebras and antelopes. You are expected to arrive in Nairobi usually in the late afternoon.

 

Included

1. Camel Safari
2. Saddles and Handler guides
3. Two persons tent- sewn in ground sheets and mosquito netting.
4. Mattress, Bed sheets and Blankets
5. Camping equipment except sleeping bags, which you can always hire from us.
6. 3 meals a day whilst on safari prepared by our cook
7. Two nights accommodation in bandas at Maralal
8. Samburu dancing
 
What you need to carry
1. Money in loose change for personal spending and tipping
2. Only a small case or rack-sack, as carrying and storage space is limited
3. A pair of long trousers and jersey for cool mornings and evenings, in addition to plenty of light clothes and a hat for hot days. Remember to carry good walking shoes.
4. Torch, sunglasses, suntan lotion, insect repellant/spray (nut not mosquito coils).
5. Camera, binoculars, maps, guide-books
   
COST
CAMEL SAFARI PER PERSON- 1st person- $539, the rest- $450 per person
Breakdown of cost in Kenya shillings (Exchange rate US $80)
1. Accommodation full board per person per night- US$ 52 x 2=104 (Day 1 and Day 6)
2. Camel Safari cost per person per night- Food- US$ 20, Guide-$6, Guide food-$6, Guide 2-$12, Tent $4, Beddings- $3, Mattress-$3, Camel $15, Cook-$6, Luggage Camel-$15=$90 X 4 Nights=$360
3. amburu Dancing – Day 6= $75($4 per Moran/girl- all go to them)

Note that

4. Travelling costs (transport, meals etc) from Nairobi to Maralal and fro is not included. We can make travel arrangements for clients who require.
5. Drinks on safari (water, beer etc) are not included. Client can buy from the Camp before departure.
6. Each additional client will only add 800/- for Samburu Dance on day 6.
7. Hire of sleeping bags where required is $10 each for the whole safari