Hotels in Maralal a Brief Description
Maralal Safari Lodge>>Situated
in Maralal Game Sanctuary 10 Km from Maralal Town. Maralal Safari Lodge has 20
rooms , swimming pool and pool bar. Rooms in Maralal Safari Lodge have
verandahs, sitting area, shaving sockets, The sanctuary has 260 species of
birds, elephants, zebra, baboon, leopard, jackal, hyena, impala and eland. Other
activities from the lodge include
Visits to Rift Valley view point at
Visits to the township market to buy
high quality Turkana and Samburu artifacts.
Kenyatta House Museum
Visits to Magie Ranch (60Km) to view
lions, elephants, buffaloes
Visits to Ol Mukutan Retreat
Visits to Private ranches of Loisaba.
Yare Safari Club & Camp Site>>
The Yare Camel Club is the base of trekking and camel safaris. The club
comprise of 12 self contained bandas with hot water, a bar , restaurant and
plyign ground for children. Besides it has seminar/conference facilities.
Camel Safaris from Yare>>Camel safaris vary in length from a simple
excursion with morans to a seven days expedition. Camel safaris follow a
similar routine. Only the scenery changes. The safari commences from
Yare. After breakfast you saddle your camels and enter the bush with
the guides. During the safari, you are free to walk or ride your camel
through the bush and scrub. In the afternoon, the sun is hot and you can
relax. Picnic lunches are served in the campsites or in the bush. Evening
are under canvas in the campsites. During the afternoon siesta one can
hire local morans and have a nature walk.
Maralal Camel Derby
The Malaral Camel Derby is an annual
event held every August. This spectacular event draws visitors from all
over the world. The event first took place in 1990. Riders are from all over the
world and camels are available for hire. The festival has been expanded
and thus in addition to the camel races, it include cycling races and donkey
rides for children and traditional dances.
Cycling is serious covering a distance of 30 Km.
Besides camel race competition, the
festival is a large tourist attraction and aims at sensitizing the world on
rapid desertification in Kenya and improving camel husbandry.
Hiking into Suguta Valley
And Lake Turkana. (This is not for the faint hearted)
Long, hard trekking, in harsh
and inhospitable terrain and yet immensely rewarding. The heat is unrelenting ,
the landscape rugged. Simply put, Suguta Valley in one of the most
adventurous place to visit on earth. A safari through Suguta starts
with a drive from Maralal to Baragoi anf finally South Horr for overnight.
On day two, you depart South Horr and hike to Mt Ngiro for another
night. Here you set up camp at the base where you have fantastic views of Suguta
Valley. Mt Ngiro is an island haven with tropical forest in the desert.
On day 3 dismantle your campsite and walk to Ruum where you saddle
your pack animals and hike into Suguta Valley with its desert scenery, salt
lakes, volcanic cones and plugs. Camp at a suitable place in the valley.
Use your water sparingly. On Day4 you walk to
Lake Logipi with its Cathedral rock. The lake hosts flamingoes. Camp
by the lake Side. Day5, Walk to lake Turkana via Kokorinya ridge.
Camp by the lake shore. On day6 walk east past Teliki
volcano to Von Honels Bay where we will meet transport to take us to
Loiyangalani. This safari can be extended southwards into Samburu Reserve and
back to Nairobi.