WHERE TO STAY IN THE NORTHERN FRONTIER
We assign a tier ranging from Tier 1 luxury, Tier 2 deluxe and Tier 3 value. For the most basic accommodations at Sibilio National Park and Lake Turkana, there are simple, modest lodging options that are well-suited for archaeological researchers, independent outback explorers, specifically KWS self-catering at Allia Bay Guesthouse and Turkana Campsites. Oasis Lodge is another option at Loyanagalani, on the far southern end of Lake Turkana.
The only decent option available in Lake Turkana is Lobolo Camp, a Tier 3 accommodation, located near the beach shores of the lake. It has eight modest, non-frill tents with en-suite facilities of a shower, flush toilet and wash basin. Tier 1 & 2 lodgings do not exist at Lake Turkana.
When visiting Matthews Mountain Range and Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, we recommend the only Tier 1 accommodation – Sarara Camp. This upmarket lodging offers you superb services, location, food quality, guides, activities and much more. Additionally, even though the Northern Frontier is a naturally exclusive location due to the terrain access, the limited number of guests at these accommodations enhances your sense of being isolated in some of Kenya’s most remote bush country.
Sarara is set within an 850,000-acre community conservancy that is managed and operated by the Samburu people. Choose from six impeccable tents with breathtaking views of the Matthews Mountain Range and a watering hole that is frequented by resident wildlife. The AfricanMecca Tier 2 deluxe option is Kitich Camp. This accommodation also features six tents and offers guests an intimate view of the ecosystem found within the dense forests of the mountains north of Samburu. All tents feature en-suite bathrooms and outdoor shower, and families find an incredible comfortable bush escape in the two guest tents that are situated close together.
Unless you are traveling as friends who require separate beds, we recommend that you choose the double bed tents that are larger. The smaller twin-bed tents may not provide you with the adequate space you would expect from a deluxe accommodation. No game driving activities are available at Kitich; therefore, all activities are offered by walking in the path of early explorers.
For guests who would like to access Lake Turkana by road with mid-way stopover, we recommend the mid-range Tier 2 accommodation of Desert Rose. The main lodge features a lounge and pool area beautifully crafted from local materials.
Five guest cottages are perfectly designed for privacy and comfort with en-suite bathroom and private patio. Two cottages are available with double beds and two with twin beds, and Desert Rose also has a larger house for your family holiday in the Northern Frontier. Outside you are surrounded by the cedar forests of Mount Nyiru with the vast and beautiful Elbarta plains below you. We do advise our guests that Desert Rose is a place to “unplug” from the outside world since cell phone service is not available. Satellite phone is the only reliable means of communication from the lodge.
NORTHERN FRONTIER CAMPS & LODGES
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR NORTHERN FRONTIER IN KENYA
When visiting Northern Frontier, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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The Northern Frontier is a vast, pristine wilderness expanse in northern Kenya. The landscape, flora, fauna, archaeological sites and small villages contribute to an unsurpassed, authentic vacation in the wildest of Africa.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NORTHERN FRONTIER
There are several activities on offer in the Northern Frontier depending on where you are staying e.g. game drives, bush walks, cultural visits, desert explorations, archaeological tours, camel rides, fishing and many more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NORTHERN FRONTIER
The climate in the Northern Frontier is less similar to other locations that you may visit during your Kenya wilderness safari. Daytime temperatures remain high throughout the year. Annual precipitation is low in comparison.
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NORTHERN FRONTIER WILDERNESS
The Northern Frontier is divided into 7 areas, each of which brilliantly lends to an adventurous and distinct safari. The areas are Sibilio, Lake Turkana, Koobi Fora, Matthews Mountain, Namunyak, Chalbi Desert, Suguta Valley.
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