Name: Cradle of Mankind
Activities: Cultural Immersion, Photography, Professional Safari Guide, Walking
Locations: Kenya
Duration: 9 days

Turkana dancers

Turkana crater shot

Kalacha Lodge, Chalbi Desert


Cost: Our prices for a minimum of 2 guests, start at approximately US$ 600 per person per day

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Days 1 & 2: Nairobi.
Guests are met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to their hotel. On your first full day in Kenya you will meet your Professional Safari Guide for an introduction to the journey ahead. He will accompany you to the Nairobi's National Museum for a 'behind the scenes' guided tour with a senior anthropologist from the National Museums of Kenya.
2 overnights Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Days 3 & 4: Chalbi Desert
Today the adventure begins: with an early wake-up call and breakfast at the Norfolk before you are met and transferred to Wilson Airport for a charter flight to take you across Kenya to the remote northern border, visit Koobi Fora: the Cradle of Mankind, then fly on to Chalbi Desert. You will be met and transferred the short distance in to the welcome shade and soothing ambience of Kalacha Community Eco-lodge, a community eco-lodge run for the benefit of the local community. Kalacha is a desert oasis that sustains the Gabra people and their cattle during the harsh dry season.
2 overnights Kalacha Community Eco-lodge

Days 5 & 6: Lake Turkana
Today is an incredible drive across some of East Africa's most dramatic scenery: the Chalbi Desert. You arrive late afternoon at the Oasis Lodge, a mid-range but comfortable base (with a much-needed swimming pool and bar) ideal for exploring this incredibly remote region of Kenya and a welcome refuge from the desert heat.

Amidst a line of natural springs, the frontier town of Loyangalani is a melting pot of characters and tribes, as featured in John Le Carre's famous novel & film 'The Constant Gardener'. The town neatly divides into tribal zones: the Samburu, Turkana, Rendille have each made one distinct area of this remote 'frontier' town their own. We spend our days exploring this fascinating landscape, interfacing with the proud El Molo, Turkana and other tribes people.
2 overnights Oasis Lodge

Day 7 & 8: Mount Nyiru
Desert Rose, a beautiful eco-lodge carved into the side of Mount Nyiru, the sacred Mountain of the Samburu tribe. This remote and wonderful area is the homeland for the Samburu & Turkana tribes people.

After an early breakfast you will drive through the South Horr valley to Desert Rose at Mt Nyiru arriving in the late afternoon.

On your second day here you will be taken to the edge of the Rift to observe and immerse yourself in the rugged lifestyle of the fierce Turkana Tribe
2 overnights Desert Rose

Day 9: Nairobi
After a full day's activities you will fly by private charter southwards, back to Nairobi. Origins Safaris will meet you at Wilson Airport and transfer you to the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.

A shopping or sightseeing tour can be arranged for the afternoon on request
1 overnight Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

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