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is an extremely remote region of forest-clad mountains ranges and dramatic volcanoes, standing amongst vast parched grasslands, arid rock and sand deserts. This region is largely out of range for tourism due to a chronic lack of infrastructure and significant concerns over security.South Horr
... is a mountainous area lying to the south of Lake Turkana which contains the only decent quality lodge in the whole region, which can be used as a base from which to explore by light aircraft.Chalbi Desert
... is a very arid place which is best known for the Gabbra people who inhabit the area and have a particularly interesting culture.Maralal
... is a dusty town which lies on the road north to Turkana and is best known for its annual camel racing festival.
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.
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 Central
region, notably in the Mathew's Range
, Laikipia North
, Il Ngwesi Valley
, Lewa Downs
areas, as well as the Maasai Mara
way off to the southwest.