3 Days Samburu Wildlife Safari Kenya Cultural Tour
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At the southern corner of the Samburu district, the rift valley. It lies in the semi-desert Samburu National Reserve, named after the Samburu people who have lived in the area for many years.
The word Samburu comes from the Maasai word sambur, which is a traditional leather bag for carrying honey and milk. Amidst the park flows the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro River.
It derives its name from a local language – and it means brown or muddy water, this river attracts a large population of Kenyan animals to the reserve.
The reserve has visible mountains surrounding it. And Koitogor and Ololokwe are the best for hiking and camping.
Samburu National Reserve is an exceptional destination for cultural visits, most specifically the Samburu village. The village hosts a considerable number of women and children.
These all flee from or are survivors of various forms of atrocities that pause as risky to them, most of them being uncouth cultural norms
Samburu has several exciting tourism activities such as game drives on dusty roads, wild dog sightings, nature walks, sightseeing, birding, and hiking.
Some of the first community-owned and managed Elephant Sanctuary in Africa: Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
Detailed 3 Days Samburu Wildlife Safari Kenya Cultural Tour
Your adventure begins with leaving your hotel after an early breakfast at 8:30 am. You have a 2 hours’ drive to the first stop at Karatina open Market.
This stop brings you to face to face with East Africa’s largest open-air retail outlet which is majorly known for a variety of goods, ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables, Kiondos, (baskets made from sisal), all types of cereals, and many other market goods with stalls that can hold up to 3,000 traders.
You will spend 30 minutes at this stop to get a feel of the local market activities before embarking on a 1-hour drive to Nanyuki town for Lunch at Ibis Hotel.
Thereafter, you will yet have another 1-hour drive to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This is the home to amazing wildlife where a 2-hour game drive will give you an opportunity to see the Rhinos, Gravy’s zebras, elephants, and many other animals.
You will then switch to one and half hours drive to Samburu National Reserve, reaching in time for your check-in, dinner, and overnight stay
Luxury: Samburu Game Lodge
Midrange: Ashnil Samburu Camp
Budget: Samburu Riverside Camp
Your day starts with an early breakfast at the camp at 7:00 am, you will leave for an extensive game drive in the reserve.
The park exploration will bring you close to the wildlife including leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, antelopes, etc.
Samburu’s diverse wildlife tend to cluster close together near the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro river which meanders through the reserve, leaving a trail of lush pastures for the reserve’s thousands of wild game species.
After a 3-hour game drive, you will head back to your camp for a snack and thereafter a cultural tour experience at Samburu village where you will interact with and learn about the fascinating local people in this area.
The cattle, goat, and camel-herding Samburu people are closely related to the Masai and they also wear the similar traditional dress of blankets and beads and maintain a very similar lifestyle.
You will discover more about their nomadic way of life, and participate in the numerous activities that define a typical Samburu homestead.
These include goading cattle into pens, making traditional ornaments, and milking goats. The activities at this stop last for 2 hours, after which you will return to the camp in time for your dinner and overnight stay.
Luxury: Samburu Game Lodge
Midrange: Ashnil Samburu Camp
Budget: Samburu Riverside Camp
On your last day, you have breakfast at the camp and prepare for your departure at 8:30 am by road en route to Nairobi.
You will branch off at Nanyuki sports club for lunch and thereafter drive to Nairobi for an overnight stay at your hotel or airport for your flight back home
Main Activities to do on the 3 Days Samburu Wildlife Safari Kenya Cultural Tour
Karatina Market, the largest open-air market in Kenya and in East Africa, is designed to respond to modern world-class trading and environmental needs.
It does this by providing facilities such as stalls, cold/chiller rooms, water storage facilities, parking areas, ablution blocks, among other facilities. This large market holds up to 3,000 traders
Karatina town is located two hours away from Nairobi. The retail market has been under construction for about three years to make sure it is up to date and well organized.
While there, be sure to get all types of peak-harvested fruits, garden-fresh vegetables, cereals, and condos.
The latter are baskets that will give you service for the longest time you can imagine. You will find many other market goods in abundance
The Main airfield (airbase) of the Kenya Air Force was founded in 1907 by the British settlers. Some of their descendants still live around the town
The equator passes through the southern part of Nanyuki. One crosses it when approaching Nanyuki.
You will meet some people who are usually at hand to show the supposed effect of the Coriolis force, which they say makes draining water swirl clockwise or anticlockwise depending on whether one is in the Northern or southern hemisphere.
This effect, however, is detectable only in the laboratory and so the “demonstration” at the equator is only but an engaging diversion by the villagers
These are several trails ascending the mountain, including the well, known Naro Moru and Sirimon routes.
The park’s wildlife includes leopards, giant forest hogs, and more. In the northwest of Nanyuki, the plains hills of the vast Laikipia Plateau are home to Lions, elephants, and the rare gravy’s zebras
Lewa Downs, also known as Lewa wildlife conservancy, is one of today’s successful conservancies in Africa.
It offers an unforgettable combination of jaw-dropping scenery, superb game viewing, excellent hospitality, and conservation education.
The conservancy, which was formed in 1995, is located in northern Kenya. This wildlife sanctuary incorporates the Ngare Ndare forest covers over 62,000 acres.
Apart from its focus on the protection of black rhinos and gravy’s zebras, the conservancy sustains a multitude of other species including elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and more
The conservancy also supports the community through programs in Education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprises, and youth empowerment
This village hosts over 70 women and 200 children. It was established in1990 by a group of 15 women.
The majority of residents are female survivors of rape, sexual violence victims, and others who are fleeing from female genital mutilation, early marriages as well as other forms of violence against women, all of which are cultural norms among the Samburu
Their women elders are said to have been able to legally own the entire village’s land thus securing its occupants from being displaced.
The village is well guarded by a wall of thorns which enables them to run their own affairs without interference from men.
Umoja was established following the patriarchal culture among the Samburu people that views as property
The enterprise women engage in beading artwork plus selling these beads and crafts. This enables them to earn a regular income that is used for providing food.
Clothing, and shelter for all. Despite the constant resistance received from local male-run tribal groups, the village has managed to continually grow
The community leaders also run a tour campsite, which is a kilometer away by the river. Once in the village, the women will welcome you with a song and dance, inviting all other women to join in the dancing and singing.
You have an opportunity to explore their homes and learn all about their way of life. Visitors also have the chance to buy jewelry made by the women in the craft center
Day 1: Transfer and afternoon game drive
Day 2: Morning game drive and Samburu village tour
Day 3: Transfer to Nairobi
Safari Inclusions and Exclusions
- Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
- Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Park admissions
- Accommodation on full board
- Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
- Transfer to and from the airport
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Phone calls bills
- International transfers
- Gratitude to tour guides
- Personal insurance
- Personal effects of any nature
- Hotel fees before and after the safari
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