Northern Kenya Cultural Photography Safari


16 Days

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2x - Hotel
4x- Resort
7x - Camp
2x - Guest House


Northern Kenya is home to 24 different pastoralist tribes which have maintained their unique traditions and lifestyles over centuries.  This is a very unique cultural photography safari experience, filled with cultural immersion, taking photographs as bystanders, as well as inviting those we meet along the way to do some formal sit-down portraits in any place that is photographically rich. We will have an opportunity to take some beautiful shots against the sunset, hills and sand dunes as backdrop, in traditional homesteads, capturing unique moments to last a lifetime. This is a once-in-a-lifetime destination; where wilderness and culture meets epic adventure.

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Tour Plan

Day 1 Arrival Nairobi

We arrive in Nairobi and are met by a representative of 4 Points Sheraton Hotel. The hotel is just next to the airport and we spend our night there.

Accommodation: Sheraton 4 points Hotel

Driving; 3 Km


Mealplan; B

Day 2 Drive to Lake Baringo

We have an early breakfast, meet our driver and guide and proceed on drive through the Rift Valley to Lake Baringo for lunch.  In the afternoon we undertake a boat trip on the lake and watch the Njemps people fishing in traditional Balsa boats while our boat’s man baits the fish eagles. Once the sun sets we return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliff Resort

Driving; 300 Km

Activity: Njemps people, boat ride

Mealplan: B L D

Day 3 Pokot Village

Today after breakfast we drive about 30 km further north to visit a Pokot Village. Our local guide assists us in negotiating for photographs. Although the Pokot area is on the western side of Kenya bordering Uganda, some have settled here in the Baringo district. We return for lunch to Tumbili and spend the afternoon again with bird photography on the lake.  Dinner and overnight will be again at Tumbili Resort

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliff Resort

Driving; 80km

Activity: Pokot Village, boat ride

Mealplan: B L D

Day 4 Drive to Ngurunit

We have an early breakfast because we have a long drive before us. The drive takes us across the Rift valley and on to the Highlands of the Samburu district. On the way we may get some opportunities to photograph Samburu people herding their livestock.  We stop for lunch at the Ngari Hill Resort and further on at the Rift valley viewpoint.  In the late afternoon we arrive at Ngurunit in the Ndoto mountains for dinner and overnight at Camp Ndotto. We meet our local guide who will brief us about tomorrow’s activities.

Accommodation: Camp Ndotto

Driving; 360km


Mealplan;  B, D

Day 5 Rendille Community

To make use of the morning sunlight we meet some Rendille Warriors in the hill for some beautiful shots, return for breakfast and visit a Rendille homestead. We return to the camp for lunch and a siesta before visiting another Rendille homestead in the afternoon as the sun sets and the herders bringing their cattle home. Dinner and overnight will be at camp Ndotto

Accommodation: Camp Ndotto

Driving; 40km

Activity: Rendille cultural encounters and photography.

Mealplan;  B, D

Day 6 Drive to Loyangalani - The Jade sea

We have an early breakfast and drive through the hot and harsh semi-arid areas in Marsabit district and a huge windmill farm to Loyangalani for lunch.  In the afternoon we visit the lake side museum and take pictures as the sun sets over the western shores of lake Turkana watching the Elmolo fishermen and crocodile hunters coming home. Dinner and overnight will be at the Palm shade hotel.

Accommodation: Palm shade Resort

Driving; 170 km

Activity: Lake Turkana - Photography

Mealplan;  B,L, D

Day 7 Elmolo & Turkana communities

After a breakfast at sunrise we visit the Elmolo community.  It is the smallest tribe in Kenya. They are crocodile hunters and fishermen and count not more than about 500 people. Their numbers are decreasing because unbalanced diet and mixing with other communities in the area. We get a chance to visit their shrine on an island and take photos. Our guide will help us to negotiate the fees.  After lunch later in the afternoon we visit a Turkana Village and watch a dance at sunset the best time to take photos of the colorful community.

Accommodation: Palm Shade resort

Driving; 50km

Activity: Elmolo & Turkana

Mealplan;  B, L, D

Day 8 Drive to the Sibiloi – The cradle of mankind

Today we continue our tour driving to Kenya’s furthest National park. Sibiloi National park is a Unesco Heritage site, with fossils discoveries dating back millions of years. Established in 1973 by the government of Kenya for the protection of wildlife and paleontologist sites there, it covers 1,570 km2 and is internationally known for its fossils. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 as a part of Lake Turkana National Parks. It is a long drive along the Lake shores. We pass Moite, a Turkana settlement and have some opportunity to take photos of this picturesque settlement on the lake shores.  On the way to Koobi Fora, the center of the Paleoanthropology activities we pass a petrified forest for a photo stop. In the late afternoon we arrive at the self-catering museums Bandas for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Museums Bandas

Driving; 250 Km

Activity: Turkana, petrified forest

Mealplan;  B, L, D

Day 9 Dassanach People

Today we drive to Illeret close to the border with Ethiopia.  Along the banks of the Omo River, in Southern Ethiopia and the northern shores of lake Turkana in Kenya, lies the territory of the Dassanech. The Dassanech have known how to adapt to living in rather extreme conditions. Originally a pure pastoralist community, they had to adapt to some agricultural activities along the banks of the Omo river and lakes shores. Our local guide negotiates for us the fees for the photo shoot.  We return to the Museum Bandas and visit the museum in the afternoon and if time allows the exactions sites of the giant crocodile, tortoise and elephant.  Dinner and overnight will be at the Museum Bandas.

Accommodation: Museums Bandas

Driving; 150 Km

Activity: Dassanech Village, Desert Museum

Mealplan;  B, L, D

Day 10 Drive to North Horr

We leave the cradle of mankind and drive through barren lands to the last larger outpost in Kenya – North Horr.  We arrive there in time for a homemade lunch and spend the afternoon with the Gabbra people. Gabbra are an ethnic Somali clan, which is closely related to the Garre clan of the Somali people. They mainly inhabit the Moyale and Marsabit regions of northern Kenya. For sunset we drive to the picturesque sand dunes and hope to have some Gabbra people for photo shoots. Dinner will be again at a homestead while the night will be spent at the Catholic Guesthouse.

Accommodation: Catholic Guesthouse

Driving; 200km

Activity: Gabbra and Sand dunes photo shoot

Mealplan;  B, L, D

Day 11 A day with the Gabbra people

Today we spend in North Horr and have morning and afternoon photo shoots with the colorful Gabbra people. We also take a stroll through the town, enjoy some spiced tea in the numerous hotel and engage local people in lively discussions. With the help of our guide we negotiate for some photo shoots. In the late evening again we drive to a Gabbra Village to take pictures with the sunset.  Dinner will be again at a local homestead and overnight at the catholic guesthouse.

Accommodation: Catholic guesthouse

Driving; 30km

Activity: Gabbra cultural encounters and photo shoots

Mealplan;  B, L, D

Day 12 Drive to Marsabit through Chalbi desert

Today we leave North Horr with packed lunch and drive eastwards through the Chalbi desert and the Oasis of Kalacha to Marsabit town.  On the way we visit a Borans homestead to get some good pictures as the sun sets.  The Borana community is the largest sub-ethnic group of the Oromo-speaking people. They are a Cushitic linguistic group in Kenya. Other Oromo communities in Kenya include the Gabra, Orma and the Sakuye. The name Borana means 'free', in reference to their nomadic nature. For dinner and overnight we drive to Marsabit town to spend the night at the Sand and Rocks Hotel.

Accommodation: Sand & Rocks Hotel

Driving; 200 km

Activity:  Borona Community photos,

Mealplan;  B, L, D

Day 13 Burji and drive to Ololokwe

The Burji are currently scattered across Kenya with a large concentration in Moyale, Marsabit and part of Nairobi where they have become economic powerhouse of the upper eastern province of Kenya. Compared to the population in Ethiopia, it’s only a small percentage of the Burji that is found in Kenya with great number remaining in Gara Burji. We leave early and drive northwards towards Moyale to one of their settlements. After the visit and some Photos shoots we drive south wards.  Our destination is Sabache camp in the Samburu country around Mt. Ololokwe. We will still have a photo session on the slopes of the mountain with the colorful Samburu warriors before heading for our dinner and overnight at Sabache Camp.

Accommodation: Sabache camp

Driving; 300 km

Activity:  Burji & Samburu Warriors

Mealplan;  B, L, D

Day 14 Samburu people and Samburu game reserve

At sunrise we have another photo session with the Samburu people at one of their homesteads. After this we drive to Samburu Game reserve.   We arrive at the banks of the Ewaso Niyro River for lunch at the Samburu Ashnil Camp. After a rest we explore the game reserve. The temperatures are now bearable for man and beast. With some luck we might already find some predators such as leopards and lions as they hunt for their evening meal. At sunset we return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Samburu Ashnil Camp

Driving: 220km

Activity: Samburu photo shoots, game drives, wildlife photograhy

Mealplan;   B, D ( lunch own arrangement)

Day 15 Samburu Game Reserve

Today after breakfast, we explore the wildlife in this vast game reserve 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. 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 Ashnil Camp

Accommodation: Samburu Ashnil Camp


Activity: game drives, wildlife photography

Mealplan;   B, L, D

Day 16 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 at the Trout Tree Restaurant arriving 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
  • Accommodation and food in specified place
  • Game-drive at Samburu
  • Local guides
  • Park & entrance fees


  • Gratitudes and fees for photo shoots
  • Drinks in hotels and lodge
  • Items of personal effects
  • Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Tips & gratitudes
  • All personal expenses and toiletries; e.g. additional mineral water, beverages & toiletries


Please note photographs of people can only be taken after a mutual agreement with them.   Our guides and local guides will be helping you to negotiate for it.


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