Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2019 – Celebration of Multicultural Kenya


Turkana is Kenya’s second-largest country, wiping out the northwest corner of its border with South Sudan, Uganda to the west, and Ethiopia to the northeast. Dubbed the “cradle of mankind,” this country has great potential as a tourist destination. The Turkana Lake Cultural Festival will be held for the 13th consecutive year in the city of Loyangalani on the shores of the stunning Jade Sea. This year’s Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2019 has been organized by the Marsabit State Government, Regional Community Festival Committee, Kenya Tourist Board, Kenya National Museums, and Kenya Wildlife Service.

About the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2019

Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2019

The festival falls on the full moon day of May every year. These celebrations have taken place for over seven years. Shockingly, we do not have much correct holiday dates until October or September 2017, and we can get out of the way before these safari celebration dates. These routes can travel from late April to mid-June. When celebration dates are guaranteed, we will tell you about the correct travel dates. This trip to Northern Kenya will take you to the adequately populated and under-explored Kenya, where you will pass through some of Kenya’s rough streets and pass through bright and vibrant tribes and breathtaking views.

Crocodile Racers will take you through the semi-bone-dry / savannah writing landscape and unfamiliar life of the Samburu region. In addition to Lake Turkana, these are the ten ethnic gatherings in the area; El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanach, Gabra, Borana, Conso, Round, and Bourgeo make their fascinating contradictions and compromises. In this remote and neglected area, we are also mindful of the difficulties faced by these minority tribes, which includes dry periods, inherent challenges, weak frameworks, and wrestling with one another.

In this way, we are amazed at their stunning costumes and cuts and their curiosity and way of life in the beautiful view of the north of Kenya. The main objective is to promote peace, and so make the strength of these accession tribes. This is a 13-day courageous tour that sparked the celebration of Loyangalani and in addition to the culture and philosophy.

Overview of the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2019

Cultural Festival 2019

The Marzabit – Lake Turkana Festival features unique performances and cultural traditions from 14 ethnic communities: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanach, Gabra, Borana, Conso, Sakui, Gary, Vata, Bourgeois, and Somali. Presenting the customs and standard of living of the fourteen tribes, their spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts, dancing, and music are unique and fascinating – especially the fascinating geography and limited general knowledge of Lake Turkana and Marzabit. Generally, if you plan to visit Loyangalani, there will be a 6 – 5-night camping safari highlighting the rich cultural diversity.


  • Day 1 – Nairobi – Samburu
  • Day 2 – Samburu – Loyangalani
  • Day 3 & 4 – Loyangalani
  • Day 5 – Loyangalani – Samburu
  • Day 6 – Samburu – Nairobi

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Features of the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2019

AT DAY ONE – Wednesday 11TH JUNE 2019

  • Nairobi – Samburu – Maralal (Approx. time 7 – 8 Hrs).
  • Meeting Time: 6:00 am.
  • Departure Time: 6:30 am.

Morning departure is from our central location in Nairobi to the fertile central hills and the northern border of Kenya. You can appreciate the incredible agricultural diversity. You can stop near the equator mark for a photo session before entering the north border. Lunch is at a Nanyuki Town Hotel – at its own expense. Maralal is a frontier city, the foundation of the vast northern wilderness, and a venue for many adventures.

This simple city is a fertile canter for the local Zambur people, and the streets are always busy with camels, active warriors, and merchants. Moving forward, the vast arid plains lead to scenic Lorogi Mountains and the upper Wild Mathews Ranges. Dry river beds pass through this land and become the means and means of tourist camel trains. The forested country between Maralal and Turkana is best for adventure seekers.

The forested country between Maralal and Turkana is best for adventure seekers. People must pass through the sacred mountain of Samburu, known as the Mount of Ololoquay, which is very spectacular.

Meal Plan: Dinner

DAY TWO – 12TH JUNE 2019

  • Maralal to Loiyangalani (Approx. 8 Hrs drive)

After breakfast, this day, you can begin the journey to Loiyangalani, where the festival is held. Loiyangalani is a small town southeast of Lake Turkana. The name means “a place with many trees” in the native Samburu language and is the home of El Molo, an almost extinct community among further communities. Its key industries include fishing, tourism, and gold mining.

You can check out and then relax and enjoy nature. The view of Lake Turkana is particularly stunning, and you should stop by to see the sights of local fishermen / Turkana huts in the distance. With the superb sunset, you can out in the frosty ground.

Lake Turkana is the biggest permanent desert lake in the world. As time goes by, you will visit the cultural village and the pleasant place where the settlements are located.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.



On this day, you should get up early for breakfast and then head to the venue. Here you will appreciate the incredible cultural performances and spend time with local communities showcasing their culture. You will also have the opportunity to cooperate with them and learn about their rich culture.

  • Camp lunch is served

Offer options include the following (Organized and Payable): –

  1. Hire a boat to visit the nearby areas
  2. Visit the Desert Museum
  3. Go to the local lodge for a swim
  4. Guide to rock art sites
  5. Take a boat to Telki Island.

Dinner and overnight
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.



This is a day full of activities at Loyangalani. The festivities include many communities, and among them, Elmollo is on the brink of extinction due to intermarriage and other factors. Mostly they are fishermen, and the men spend most of their time fishing. There is also a boat ride to visit some of the islands and enjoy the El Molo culture by visiting community shrines (at no extra cost). Give yourself time and enjoy a sunset at the lake for the final evening at Loyangalani.

Camp dinner(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Loiyangalani to Maralal (Approx. 8Hrs)

After breakfast, you should break camp and start your journey back to Maralal. This will be a long but spectacular drive. You will visit the Maralal in the evening.
Dinner and dinner at Maralal

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY SIX – 16TH JUNE 2019

Maralal to Nairobi (Approx time 7 – 8 Hrs)

Since this is your six-day adventure, you should get up early for breakfast and head to Nairobi.

PM 8:00 pm: Expected arrival time.

With sweet memories to treasure for a lifetime!

The southeastern shores of Lake Turkana become a meeting place for different Kenyan cultural groups every May. The name of the lake can be converted as “a place with many trees,” and thus, the symbolism of the festival rises even more. It is a three-day festival and celebrates all the cultures around the sea, such as El Molo, Samburu, Gabbra, Rendile, Garden, Dasanach, Turkana, and Jade. The colorful event offers authentic Kenyan qualities such as traditional dancing, singing, food, and more. This is a unique event that will acknowledge the richness and history of the people of Kenya in a short span of three days.

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