Jade Sea Explorer

Jade Sea Explorer

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 – Nairobi (approx. driving time 20 mins, 25km)

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax after your flight. Overnight at Hotel Boulevard or similar.

Day 2 – Samburu National Reserve (approx. driving time 6-7 hours, 350km)

Head north to Isiolo village and encounter the colourful nomadic tribes who reside there. We then continue on to our accommodation for the night, enjoying a game drive en route and spotting exotic wildlife commonly seen in this region, such as the reticulated giraffe, oryx, and gerenuk. Overnight at Samburu Sentrim Camp or similar. (BLD)

Day 3 – Samburu National Reserve

The early morning finds us out on a game drive, a great opportunity for photographs and tracking rare wildlife. We enjoy a further game drive in the afternoon on the dry ochre plains hopefully encountering herds of dusty elephants drinking at waterholes, crocodiles lurking in the shadows and tracking the paw prints of lion, leopard and cheetah amidst dramatic bushveld. Overnight at Samburu Sentrim Camp or similar. (BLD)

Day 4 – Marsabit National Park (approx. driving time 6-7 hours, 300km)

Drive approximately 250 km on a rough road towards the extinct volcano of Marsabit. The peak is surrounded by lush forested hills, forming a welcoming oasis rising high above the dry heat of the surrounding desert lands. This afternoon we have a guided walk around the nearby lake with a visit to Marsabit National Park. Overnight at Jirime Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 – Chalbi Desert (approx. driving time 4-5 hours, 135km)

Visit Marsabit town in the morning, where we can see the nomadic Rendille warriors, roaming the land wearing their traditional dress of purple and red robes, combined with feathers, beads and goat skins. We continue our journey through the land of crater lakes and volcanoes and enter the Chalbi desert, a flat plain formed by a age old crater lake which fills up to form a shallow body of water during heavy rainfall. Kalacha Dida is an oasis on the edge of the desert and a nourishing watering place for nomadic tribes, mostly Gabbras who are on the move. We set out on a guided walk meeting various tribes living in this harsh yet abundant environment. Overnight Missionary Guest House or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Sibiloi National Park (approx. driving time 5 hours, 150km)

A long day of driving through the shifting landscape of the north. Although rather demanding the journey to Sibiloi National Park and the beauty of the remote and wild plains is well worth the effort. Enjoy an evening game drive before dinner. Overnight Allia Bay Guesthouse or similar. (BLD)

Please note that accommodation here may be a mixture of camping and rooms, as the guesthouse has a limited number of rooms.

Day 7 – Sibiloi National Park

The day is spent exploring the landscape. This area is home to a large variety of arid environment species including gerenuk, oryx, the rare lesser kudu and Grevy's and Burchell’s zebra. As well as this, carnivores such as hyenas, golden jackal, cheetah, lion and other small cats including caracal can be found here. Overnight Allia Bay Guesthouse or similar. (BLD)

Days 8-9– Lake Turkana (approx. driving time 5-6 hours, 165km)

From the northernmost point of our trip we head south to the shimmering blue-green hues of Lake Turkana. We head to the oasis of Loyangalani, where we explore the crystal shores, search for exceptionally large Nile crocodiles and encounter the smallest tribe in Kenya, the El Moro, Kenya’s last remaining hunters. Overnight Palm Shade Camp or similar. (BLD)

Day 10 – Maralal via Mt. Nyiru (approx. driving time 5 hours, 235km)

We depart on a stony road heading further south to the jagged peaks of Mount Nyiru as we traverse across lava flows and sand fields. Despite being surrounded by dry desert the peaks of Mount Nyiru are forested. Continue to the small hillside market town of Maralal, pioneered by Somali settlers in the 1920’s. This afternoon take a walk in the nearby park with a chance to view gazelles, zebras and antelopes. Overnight Ngari Hill Guesthouse or similar. (BLD)

Day 11 – Lake Baringo (approx. driving time 5 hours, 255km)

We continue our journey south bound to the shores of Lake Baringo in its hot and dusty setting. The scenic lake is fed by several converging rivers and contains several small islands. We set out on an afternoon walk in search of a variety of bird life. Overnight Baringo Soi Safari Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 12 – Lake Bogoria (approx. driving time 1 hour, 50km)

Drive to Lake Bogoria, arriving around lunch time. This afternoon take a game drive. The reserve plays host to kudu as well as impalas, Grant’s gazelles, cheetahs and waterbucks. Overnight Lake Bogoria Resort or similar. (BLD)

Day 13 – Lake Nakuru (approx. driving time 2 hours, 125km)

The morning finds us exploring the surrounds of Lake Bogoria and admiring the thousands of pink flamingos which congregate on the lake during season, before driving to Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is renowned for large concentrations of flamingos and is also a sanctuary for the endangered black and white rhinos. This reserve has one of the highest densities of wildlife to be found on the continent and our chance of spotting lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and buffalo are excellent during an afternoon game drive. Overnight Elementaita Sentrim Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Day 14 – Lake Naivasha (approx. driving time 3 hours, 165km)

Today we return to Nairobi via Lake Naivasha, an area of spectacular scenery with good opportunities for game and bird watching. We take a boat cruise, searching for hippos, fish eagles and thirsty antelope. In the afternoon we visit Joy Adamson´ s famous Elsamere farm house. We leave Lake Naivasha at around 3.30pm for the 2 to 3hrs drive directly to Nairobi’s international airport. Check-in and depart Kenya. (B)

Please note you should book a flight to depart from Nairobi no earlier than 10pm.