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Lake Turkana Festival 2019
Once called Lake Rudolf, the jade sea is a rift valley lake in Kenya’s Northern part. Lake Turkana, as it is commonly known today, is a permanent desert lake. It is actually both the world’s largest desert lake and the largest alkaline lake.
It is here in Loiyangalani the annual cultural festival is held in June. It is a cultural festival of 14 communities, all with varied ways of living. The festival history dates back to 2008. It is a time for the different communities to mingle, share and at the same time promoting peace in the region.
The event showcases art work, Crafts, traditional costumes, dances and music from the different communities. It is a sight not to be missed.
11th June — Day 1: Nairobi-Archers
12th June — Day 2: Archers-loiyangalani
13th June –Day 3: -Loiyangani
14th June –Day 4: Loiyangalani
15th June –Day 5: Loiyangalani-Archers
16th June –Day 6: Archers-Nairobi
This is our introduction to our adventure safari. Departure from Nairobi will be early. The more time we have on our hands the better. Our recommendation is departure at 7:00am and continue to Archers post with a stop at Nanyuki town, continue to Archers post and upon arrival at the camping site, you will help the crew to set up the tents. Time allowing you may visit the locals in this area. Dinner will be prepared by the accompanying chef, overnight at the camping site. Lunch,Dinner.
A delicious breakfast will be served by our safari cook and soon after break camp. All camping equipment will be loaded and your journey to the Jade sea will begin. The blue-green waters of lake Turkana is what we all await to see. The journey is long, it is tiresome, but its also a lot of fun with such a superb feeling of adventure. And it is an adventure of a lifetime. (Breakfast,lunch,dinner.)
You will make a lunch break enroute. Then proceed through the famous windmills of Turkana, a project initiated to supplement electricity supply to the national power grid. Cross over and start your descent into the lake, which will open in front of you as you progress. It is an overwhelming site, and the feeling of conquering will be so exiting. Upon arrival set camp in Loiyangalani, the place of trees. Afternoon at leisure as the sun will be scotching hot. Dinner and overnight at the camping site.
Full day at Loiyangalani. Early morning walk to the rock paintings that date back to millions of years. After breakfast you will proceed to the opening of the cultural festival. Lunch will be served at the camp site. The cool breeze in the late afternoon hours of the day will be a thing to look forward to every day. Sundowner by the lake. Then head to camp for dinner and overnight. It is important to note that it is mostly windy in the night.
A day full of activities in Loiyangalani. The fesitivities include different communiies, among them the Elmolo, that is on the verge of extinction through inter marriages and other factors. Largerly they are fishermen and men spend most their time fishing.
A boat ride also to visit some of the islands and enjoy some of the El molo culture by visiting the Sacred shrines of the community (Boat at an extra cost). Time allowing, do a sun-downer by the lake for the final evening in Loiyangalani. Dinner at the campsite. (Breakfast,lunch,dinner)
Breakfast at camp, and depart for the ride to Archers post, your destination. This will be our unwinding place. Picnic lunch enroute. Samburu is slightly cooler, almost no wind compared to Loiyangalani. Our camp will be by the river side. Afternoon at leisure. Meals and overnight at the camping site. (breakfast.lunch,dinner)
After breakfast, depart for your journey back to Nairobi. You will be dropped at the airport or your hotel/destination within Nairobi. (Breakfast)
All our safaris are eco-friendly holidays. Your travel companions and guides are professionally trained nature enthusiast. You will definitely learn so much from them. And all we ask from you is if you have to do anything in the nature reserves and parks, do it ONLY with your camera.
We recently had a fantastic safari with Natural Track safaris, and highly recommend them to anyone looking to do a safari in Kenya. They were punctual and reliable, but above all, it was their enthusiasm, knowledge and friendliness that really made the safari so memorable…….TripAdvisor
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