Lake Turkana Cultural Festival


8 Days

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2x - Lodge
1x - Hotel
3x - Resort
1x - Camp


Loiyangalani means “a place of many trees” in the native Samburu tongue and is home to the El Molo, an almost extinct community in the Northern Kenya region also considered as the Cradle of Mankind. The 13th edition of Lake Turkana Cultural Festival is scheduled to take place in June / July 2023 in Loiyangalani and is one of the most memorable events in Kenya’s tourist calendar. Besides celebrating and helping preserve the cultures of the El Molo, Samburu, Gabbra, Rendile, Watta, Dasannach, Pokot and the Turkana, the festival also focuses on the economic development of the region and participating communities. Amazing display and presentation of cultural dances and traditions are just but a few awesome experiences and reasons you shouldn’t miss this year’s edition.

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Tour Plan

Day 1 Arrival Nairobi

We arrive in Nairobi and are met by a representative of Crown plaza Hotel. Crown Plaza is just next to the airport and we spend our night there.

Accommodation: Crown Plaza Hotel

Driving; 3 Km



Day 2 Drive to Loyangalani

We have an early breakfast and drive at 5.30am from Nairobi city with an optional stop on the way for lunch. The long drive takes us past the highlands of the central province and the Mt. Kenya slope to the hot and harsh semi-arid areas in Marsabit district.  A bit tired we arrive in the evening in Loiyangalani and check in at Palmshade resort for dinner and overnight rest.

Accommodation: Palm Shade Resort

Driving; 600km


Mealplan;  B, D

Day 3, 4 Lake Turkana cultural festival

The next 2 days will be spent with the local communities exhibiting their culture and we will get a chance to interact with them as well as learn about their culture. The Lake Turkana Cultural Festival is quite unlike other African celebrations as rather than focusing on just one unique set of tribal traditions, it brings together around 14 communities to celebrate their similarities and differences as one. Locals and visitors alike celebrate their way of life. These communities are mainly nomadic so the festival is a chance for them to come together to share and showcase their traditional foods, their way of living and their customs. We may also have the option of a visit to rock paintings, a boat ride or a Sundowner on the lake shores.

Accommodation: Palm Shade Resort

Driving: local about 20 km

Activity: cultural exchanges, photo graphing

Mealplan;   B, D ( lunch own arrangement)

Day 5 Drive to Ngurunit – Home of the Rendille community

Today we drive to Ngurunit in the Ndotto mountain range. This is the home of the Rendille Tribe. We arrive at the Camp Ndotto for lunch and meet our local guide who takes us in the afternoon to some traditional village where we learn more about their lifestyle and get a chance to take pictures of their colorful outfit. Our guide assists us in the negotiations for photographs.  Late in the afternoon, after passing a natural waterslide, a popular place for the local youth we return to camp Ndotto for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Camp Ndotto

Driving: 170km

Activity: Rendille culture, Photo shoots

Mealplan;   B, D ( lunch own arrangement)

Day 6 Ololokwe – Samburu Culture

After breakfast we drive further down south.  We arrive for lunch at Sabache Camp. The camp is managed mainly by Samburu people. A local guide takes us to a Samburu Village near the slopes of the Ololokwe, a prominent table mountain domination the area. We learn about their way of life and take some pictures of the colorful outfits in the backdrop of the mountain as the sun sets.  In the late afternoon we continue our tour to Buffalo Springs National park dinner and overnight at the Samburu Simba Lodge.

Accommodation: Samburu Simba lodge

Driving: 220km

Activity: Samburu culture, Photo shoots

Mealplan;   B, D ( lunch own arrangement)

Day 7 Samburu Game Reserve

Today after breakfast, we explore the wildlife in this vast game reserve renowned for its variety of wildlife species which have adapted amazingly well to the harsh and hot climate of the area. The unique species include the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, and the Somali Ostrich. We return to the lodge for lunch.   At this time the temperatures hit their peak and the animals look for shade under the trees before another game drive later in the afternoon. Samburu is also home to elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopards. Dinner and overnight stay will be once again at Samburu Simba Lodge.

Accommodation: Samburu Simba lodge


Activity: game drives

Mealplan;   B, L, D

Day 8 Return to Nairobi for departure

Today we have an early morning game drive at Samburu Reserve from 6.00am to 8.00am. We return to the Lodge for breakfast and then depart for Nairobi with lunch on the way to arrive in the evening for evening departure or overnight


Driving: 320km

Activity:  game drives

Mealplan;   B, L, D


  • Transport with 4x4 Land cruiser
  • Services of professional speaking driver/guide
  • Palm shade campsite fees
  • Accommodation in dome tents on sharing basis with a mattresses except sleeping bags/pillows
  • HB accommodation camping at Palm shade (Breakfast, Dinner)
  • FB accommodation in Samburu Game Reserve at Samburu Game Lodge
  • Participation in the festival at Loiyangalani
  • Game-drive at Samburu


  • Optional activities camel ride
  • Items of personal effects
  • Drinks
  • Lunch on day 1, 2 & 3
  • All personal expenses and toiletries; e.g. additional mineral water, beverages & toiletries


Dates will depend on the timing of the festival which has yet to be announced!   


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*Residents and Citizens discount available

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