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Chalbi Desert

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Chalbi Desert
is a very remote area of Northern Kenya, lying around 350km due north of Mount Kenya.

Extending over almost 100,000 square kilometres, this virtually flat sandy desert to the east of Lake Turkana was once part of the lake itself and during periods of unusual precipitation large areas still fill to form a very broad and shallow areas of standing water.

The village of Kalacha stands at the northern end of the desert, an oasis surrounded by doum palms and inhabited by the fascinating Gabbra people.

We love the remote wilderness areas of Northern Kenya, the scenery really is quite remarkable in parts. However visitor numbers are exceedingly low, largely due to political instability in the region and the near constant threat of Somali bandits.

Kalacha Camp ... is a small community-owned facility, situated close by the village and the only formal accommodation in the area.

The only way that we are presently able to access the area is by light aircraft out of places such as Sarara Camp further to the south, whose experienced owners, the Bastard family, are always aware with the current situation and can make and change plans accordingly.

Such flying expeditions can last anything from a few hours to several days, depending on how much of this remote region you want to explore.

Such trips are usually combined with parts of the Kenya North region, notably in the Mathew's Range, Laikipia North, Samburu, Il Ngwesi Valley, Lewa Downs and Meru areas, as well as the Maasai Mara way off to the southwest.
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