North Kenya & South Ethiopia Cultural Tour


13 Days

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6x - Lodge
4x - Hotel
2x - Resort
1x - Camp


The Rift Valley is regarded by many Paleontologists as the birth place of mankind. Many fossils have been found in the area dating back millions of years. Today the Rift Valley in north Kenya and south Ethiopia inhabited by pastoralist tribes who have much retained of their traditional lifestyle. On this safari you learn more about the similarities and differences between the different communities occupying the area. From the Samburu tribes, Rendille, Karo and the Mursi, this will be a life changing experience.

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Tour Plan

Day 1 Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival we are met by a representative of the hotel and transferred to Crown Plaza near the airport for dinner and overnight stay.

Driving:  3 Km


Accommodation: Crown Plaza

Meal Plan:  B

Day 2 Drive to Samburu for lunch, game drives

Today we have an early breakfast and meet our driver/guide before we start our adventure as we head up North towards Samburu. We arrive at the lodge just in time for lunch. After lunch and a short rest, we proceed for an early afternoon game drive at the Samburu National Reserve. This park is 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. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at Samburu Simba Lodge.

Driving:    300 Km

Activities:  game drives

Accommodation: Samburu Simba  Lodge

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 3 Ololokwe – Samburu People

After breakfast we embark on further game drives get back to the lodge check out and drive a short distance to Mt. Ololokwe which dominates area. We arrive there for lunch, check in and visit in the afternoon with our local guide a Samburu Village to learn more about the life of the Samburu people. On our nature walk we are shown the medicinal herbs the people use various ailments. As the sun sets over Olololokwe, we can ask the community members to pose for some pictures in the backdrop of this spectacular Table Mountain.  Dinner and overnight will be at the camp.

Driving:  50 km

Activities:  game drives, cultural encounters

Accommodation: Samburu Lodge

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 4 Ngurunit – a Rendile settlement

After breakfast we take few more pictures in the sunlight tossing the mountain in an orange light then we drive further north. The first 100km are a good tarmac road on the Trans African Highway. At Laisamis we branch off and take a marram road towards the Ndoto mountains.  At Ngurunit we have our lunch and meet local guide who will take us on a village walk to a Rendille Homestead where we learn more about the lifestyle of the Rendille community and get an opportunity to take pictures of their colorful outfits. Dinner and overnight will be at the Camp Ndotto.

Driving:    170 Km

Activities:  cultural encounters, village walk

Accommodation: Camp Ndotto

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 5 Drive to Loyangalani

We have an early breakfast at dawn and just as the sun rises our area guide takes us for a walk culminating at River Ndelewai, where one gets a chance to bring out the inner child in them by sliding on the rocks to the shallow pools made by nature. After an early lunch we continue our safari northwards to Loyangalani. On the way we get a chance to see the windmill project generating power for the national grid. The night we spent at the Palm Shade Hotel, an oasis in the otherwise barren land on the shores of the Jade Sea nicknamed because of the green color of Lake Turkana.

Driving:  170 Km, 4 hours

Activities; hiking (2hours), natural water slides,

Accommodation: Palm shade Hotel

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 6 Loyangalani

Today we explore Loiyangalani. We have a chance to visit and learn about the traditional lifestyles of the El Molo Village which has the smallest tribe in Kenya. They are mainly fishermen and hunt crocodiles. A myth in the community says that the crocodile recognizes the hunters from far and they rather hide than attack. The visit ends with a boat ride to their shrine on an adjacent island. After lunch later in the afternoon we visit the rock paintings on the slopes of Mt. Kulal and as the sun sets we visit a Turkana village where we are entertained by a traditional dance. Dinner and overnight will be again at the Palm Shade Hotel.


Activities:   Elmolo visit, Boat ride, hike to rock paintings, Turkana dance

Accommodation: Palmshade Hotel

Meal Plan: B, L,

Day 7 Drive to Sibiloi

Today we drive along the lake shore via the settlement of Moite further north to Sibiloi National Park. On our way to Kenya’s most remote park the landscape finally gives way to sand dunes. This park was gazetted in 1973 and is recognized as a world heritage site because of its rare flora and fauna and the numerous fossil sites. The wildlife includes rare, dry, country large mammals such as grevy zebra, gerenuk and oryx. The shores are an important refugee for crocodiles and soft shelled turtles. On the way to the Museums Bandas in Koobi Fora we pass the petrified forest a spectacular site pointing to the remains of a once-great cedar forest, which covered the Lake’s shores 7 million years ago. Dinner and overnight will be at the self-catering Museum Bandas.

Accommodation:  Museum Bandas

Meal plan: B L D

Driving: 250 km,  6 to 7 hours

Activities: Petrified forest exploration

Day 8 Sibiloi the Craddle of mankind , drive to Omorate

Today we have an early breakfast and visit the desert museum for its fossil sites. The visit takes about 2 to 3 hours. A 40km drive finally takes us to Illeret the last settlement on the Kenyan side.  We report to the police to register our departure and continue our journey to the immigration offices in Omorate on the Ethiopian side 70 Km. Roads are practically nonexistent as we pass dry and wet sandy riverbeds which may be treacherous. After receiving the entry stamp we use the opportunity to visit a Dassanech Village across River Omo and as the sun sets we drive on a good road for another 70km to Turmi for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Buska or Turmi Lodge

Meal plan: B L D

Driving: 200 km,  7 to 8 hours with border formalities

Activities:  Desert Museum and Dassanech Village

Day 9 Karo People and Key Afer market

After breakfast, we visit the Karo people on the banks of the Omo River before returning to Turmi for lunch.  In the afternoon we drive with an Ethiopian vehicle via Key Afer to Jinka.  Jinka is a small town and shopping center that also hosts the South Omo Research Center. The German Professor, Ivo Strecker exhibits typical items used in the day to day lives of the different communities living in the Omo region.  On the way we visit a colorful market. Dinner and overnight will be at the Jinka Eco Resort

Accommodation: Jinka Eco Resort

Meal plan: B L D

Driving: 150 km, 4 hours

Activities: Karo Village, Market visit

Day 10 Mursi - The plate lip people

Today we have an early breakfast and drive to Mago National Park, the area where we find the Mursi; an ethnic group of not more than 4000. They are basically herdsmen but farm when it rains along the river banks. The women use unusual jewelry of clay plates in the split lower lip. The only other income of this ethnic group is a museum, but they also pose for photographs at a fee. Our guide assists us in the negotiations. We return for lunch to Jinka and drive back to Turmi. On market days will have to stroll through the busy market in Turmi before retiring to Buska Ldge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Buska Lodge

Meal plan: B L D

Driving: 150 km, 4 hours

Activities: Mago National Park, Mursi Village visit

Day 11 Hamer People

Today has been set aside to a visit to the Hamer people. A local English speaking guide takes us on a walk through the villages and the market. With some luck we can watch their rituals like a traditional wedding or a rite of passage from boyhood to adulthood where the young men have to run across the backs of 30 heads of cattle lined up next to one another. At the market, we try to interact with the locals to get a few photographs from this colorful tribe. It is clear that we have to ask for permission and pay for the shots. Our guide will assist us in this. We will have lunch in a local hotel in town while dinner and overnight stay will once again be at the Buska Lodge.

Accommodation:  Buska Lodge

Meal plan: B L D

Driving: 30 km, 1 hour

Activities:  Hamer market and Village visit

Day 12 Return to Kenya

Today after breakfast we drive again to Omorate, clear with the immigration officers, cross River Omo and drive to the west shore of lake Turkana to Todonyang the last Kenyan Outpost in the North. We stop at the catholic mission where we have our packed lunch and continue the drive for another 100km via Nariokotome, stop at the archeological site where the “Turkana Boy” skeleton was found, to Eliye Springs for dinner and Overnight at the palm fringed resort on the shores of Lake Turkana

Accommodation:  Eliye Springs

Meal plan: B L D

Driving: 300 km, 7 to 8 hours

Activities:  Turkana Boy Monument

Day 13 Central Island

Today we intend to visit one of the three islands in the Lake, the central island which is also a National Park. The time for the 40 min boat trip depends on the wind and weather conditions. Central Island has 3 crater lakes. One is inhabited by crocodiles, while another is home to flamingos and the third one is full of tilapias. With packed lunch and a local guide, we walk along the crater lakes and return to the Resort for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Elliye Springs Resort

Meal Plan: B L D


Activities:  2 hour Boat,  3 hour hike

Day 14 Back to Nairobi for departure

Our Safari is almost coming to an end. After breakfast we are transferred to Lodwar airport for our 1.5 flight to Nairobi. We are transferred from Wilson airport to JKIA for our connecting flight or to a hotel in Nairobi for another overnight,


Meal Plan: B

Driving:   70 km,

Activities:  1.5 hour flight


  • Meal plan as specified –BB (bed and Breakfast), HB (Half board; breakfast and dinner), FB (Full board; breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Airport transfers and safari on 4x4 vehicles
  • English speaking driver guides and unlimited game drives
  • Park entry fees
  • Local guide
  • Ethiopian English speaking guide
  • Village entrance fee’s
  • Visa fee’s ( you need a multiple entry for Kenya ! )


  • International flight arrival and departure
  • Drinks in hotels
  • Fee’s for local people for photographs and lodges/ telephone/ laundry/ tips
  • Visa fee’s ( you need a multiple entry for Kenya ! )


From 6 Pax $4,085.00 p.p.s

*Residents and Citizens discount available

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