As much as I love travelling, exploring and being adventurous there is always one thing that is very important to me and that’s my comfort. I don’t enjoy setting up a camp and camping in the wild and I don’t think I would ever consider doing it. That’s just me. In other words, I don’t mind glamping in the wild in a beautiful and comfortable tent. Many times I’ve heard of people visiting the northern frontier of Kenya, I’ve always been intrigued by the images of Lake Turkana and the desert area of Kenya but I never really had the opportunity to visit. Maybe because I never really knew of a nice and comfortable place to stay at until I got an invite to Koros Camp located in Marsabit County.
A trip to Northern Kenya is one exceptional experience; let me take you through this journey to Marsabit and a stay at Koros Camp.
About Koros Camp
The camp is family owned and run by Nick and Angie Taylor. Nick has been working with the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project since its inception in 2007. Nick set up the camp area during the early days of the project as a home for spending his nights. The location soon became a family holiday home when his wife Angie and the children started joining him up north during the weekend or school holidays.
There also seemed to be a lot of demand from the public to set up comfortable accommodation in the area, this inspired the Taylors to establish Koros Camp Rustic Luxury.
The camp includes three beautiful tents with al fresco bathrooms. The tents can be configured as singles or doubles depending on the guest requirements sleeping a total of six people at camp.
Koros is self catered, however there is a chef who can assist guests on preparing their meals. He prepared us some scrumptious meals; pizzas, roast chicken, casserole and one night threw us one great barbeque by the pool. With that being said, you need to bring along all your ingredients to camp, though they do provide the cooking utensils, barbeque gear and gas etc. There is a dining area where you can enjoy your meals overlooking the beautiful views of the camp. One can’t help but notice the goat skins which adorn the mess ceilings, the Taylors feel very honored and humbled that the local communities, led by their respected elders have blessed practically every step of the way in the making of this camp.
My favorite feature of the camp was the ‘cuddle puddle’ rock pool. This is the perfect place to relax, take a dip and enjoy the amazing 360-degree views taking in the valley in front of the camp and the surrounding hills of Mount Ol Donya Mara and Mount Nyiru, which forms the South Horr Valley.
And lastly, you don’t have to worry as the camp does provide WIFI!
Activities you can enjoy while staying at Koros Camp
The best part of my experience in Northern Kenya is that it’s not your typical safari to the Masai Mara or Tsavo. It’s an extraordinary experience that everyone needs to encounter at least once in his or her lifetime.
Here’s a list of activities that one can do:
- Walking safaris to Loldia and Murgusiat, two stunning hills that you can conquer during your stay at Koros Camp
- Guided day and night lugga walks accompanied by an experienced Samburu tracker
- Visiting the magically beautiful Lake Turkana for some fishing adventure
- I highly recommend a spot called Yellow Rocks, which is about 40KMS from Koros Camp or head on a little bit further up to the cosmopolitan village of Loiyangalani
- Take a drive up to the rain forests of Mount Kulal but remember to take a sweater, as the temperature does tend to fall in the area
- Koros is an ornithologists paradise where many hours can be pleasantly spent bird watching
- Visit the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project
- Lugga picnics and sundowners
- Visit a local Samburu manyatta for a great cultural experience!
The area has an abundance of bird life including the rare heuglin’s bustard. There are almost fifty different bird species and the hornbills are always chitterling and chattering at the mess tent on the bird feeder.
If you’re lucky you may also come across one of the three semi-resident leopards.
Other animals we sighted were dik diks, grevy zebras, baboons, vervet monkeys, black backed jackals, honey badger, gerenuk, genet cat, mongoose, greater and lesser kudu, grants gazelle and porcupine.
The residence genet cats take turns to have dinner with you in the evenings.
And lastly, most important – how do you get there?
Approximately a 10 hours drive from Nairobi city, the drive was pleasant and the scenery was absolutely stunning.
Follow the directions right here!
For further inquiries and bookings, contact Angie Taylor: +254 722 249101 or email@example.com.
You can also follow them on Instagram right here!
Make sure to put this trip on your bucket list. You can visit all year long but the weather is always cooler during the month of June and July.