Chalbi desert budget safari

5 Days Chalbi desert safari – from Nairobi

5 Days Chalbi desert


Chalbi desert safari. The Chalbi Desert is a real gem, it is located in Marsabit County, east of the famous Lake Turkana ( the largest desert lake in Kenya), spreading to the Ethiopian border.

Covering an area of 100.000 kilometer square, the Chalbi Desert is one of the hottest and arid places in Kenya. Interesting Facts about Chalbi Desert

Chalbi Desert is a stretch of coarse sand spiced up with pure rocks and immense clay where there are also ash-gray ridges and broken clusters of tiny huts.

There are pans of salt in the desert which is picked up by many pastoralists and used as a natural animal’s saltlink.

The desert is surrounded by volcanic hills that create a magical panorama with only selected animals and vegetation that can withstand hostile climates in the entire Sub-Saharan regions.

The southern part of the desert is home to the Rendille while the eastern part which is towards the Ethiopian border is home to the Gabbra People.

It’s believed that there was a lake in the Chalbi Desert that has dried up a thousand years ago, therefore it was named the Chalbi Desert which means bare and salty.


Day 1: Nairobi to Ngurunit – Chalbi desert safari

Depart early from Nairobi and drive north past Nanyuki and the beautiful farmlands of Timau stop over to buy own lunch at Nanyuki or Isiolo town.

Proceed on the South to Ngurunit an oasis surrounded by tens of mountains popularly known as the Ndoto Mountains and Matthew ranges.

The scenery is surreal. This is among the most beautiful places in Northern Kenya.

Day 2: Ngurunit to Loiyangalani – Chalbi Desert safari

After breakfast drive south to Loiyangalani, on the way you get to see the Turkana Wind Farm. 

Later in day drive out and visit the famous El molo people living on the shores of the lake and are 100% dependent on the lake for survival. If you are out for some adventure you can visit Southern Island by boat. Evening Sundowner on the lake is a lively way to end the day.

Day 3: Loiyangalani to North Horr – Chalbi desert safari

Spend your morning relaxing and Later in the morning depart to North Horr a beautiful oasis at the edge of the Chalbi desert.

On this day you get to drive through the rocky desert with a view. It’s a fun and adventurous ride. Enjoy the beauty and spend the night star gazing.

Day 4: North Horr to Marsabit – Chalbi Desert safari

In the morning embark on a desert cruise Stop over at Marsabit for lunch then drive up the mountain to the beautiful lake paradise. You will be in time to see the animals come out for evening drink and splash. Spend the night in the cool forested town.

Day 5: Marsabit to Nairobi. – Chalbi desert safari

In the morning after breakfast visit Marsabit town and get buy some souvenirs before leaving for the city. Stop over at Nanyuki for own lunch then proceed with the journey to Nairobi to arrive early in the evening


PRICE: US$.799.-p.p – group joining safari – min 6pax


Price includes:

Transport and game drives in a 4×4 jeep,

realevant fees,

accomodation in camps on fullboard,

all meals, guided walks and botled drinking water.


Price does not include:

sleeping bags,

things of personal nature,

international flights,

visa, yellow fever vaccination,

tips and gratuities.