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November 11, 2023 @ 4:00 am - 11:30 pm

The Chalbi Desert Festival (CDF) is an experience designed to run alongside the Chalbi Desert Ultra in Kalacha Marsabit. The festival is set against the stunning backdrop of Marsabit County landscape. It is a celebration of Endurance art, music, and cultural diversity like no other. From the moment you step foot onto the festival grounds, you will be transported into a world of enchantment and wonder.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant tapestry of live performances by renowned DJs, and artists, spanning various genres. From pulsating beats that make your heart race to soulful melodies that touch your very core, the festival promises to be a sonic feast for outdoor lovers under the stars of the Chalbi Desert.

As the sun dips below the horizon, the desert comes alive with an ethereal ambiance. Witness awe-inspiring performances marvel at stunning light displays, and revel in the company of kindred spirits under a starlit sky.

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The Ultra Run festival will be happening in Kalacha town located in Marbasit. Kalacha is accessible by road and take approximately 10-12 hours from Nairobi.

Group Joining Road Transport: We will have a group joining Landcruiser and Overland truck travel packages departing from Nairobi. The travel packages as outlined at the end of the documents and more will be shared as partners go live.

For those seeking to self-drive all the way to the venue, A 4x4 vehicle with good clearance is recommended. Kindly note that a section of the road is rough terrain with limited services along the way. It is there crucial to have spare tires, tools, and provisions. From Nairobi, Drive to Isiolo to Marsabit and on wards to Kalacha.

For those wishing to enjoy a drive on the Ethiopia bound highway WITHOUT owning a 4X4,you can drive to Marsabit town wherw we will have parking organised at KWS and from there you can hire Land Cruisers to take you to the desert.

We are working closely with a charter company to provide a flight on Friday with a Sunday return. Details will be shared in due course.

PS: It is recommended that you plan for 2 extra hours when travelling with Overland trucks and large vehicles.

Kalacha is surrounded by hospitable communities that used to hold the famous International Kalacha Cultural Festival.
The organizer is partnering with the local Community, Area Member of Parliament, County Government and National security agencies in ensuring a safe event for all participants.

The weather in Chalbi has been unpredictable in the last 5 years due to global warming. Traditionally November is the short rain season but these rains have failed in the last 5 years. Temperatures range with Lows of 17 °C to Highs of 20 °C to 27 °C.

1. Dry weather attire (flowing comfortable clothes)
2. All white outfit for the evening party.
3. African party-themed attire.
4. Refillable Water Bottles
5. Adventure Personal Effects (Towel,Wash kit, Slippers,Soap, Tissue paper,Toothbrush + paste)
6. Hoodie/Warm Shuka / Shawl for evenings
7. Drinking water and Beverages
8. Sunhat and Sunscreen
9. Headlamp /Torch for the evenings.
10. Insect repellant and Anti Histamine
11. Any personal medication/Personal first aid items
12. Powerbanks and BT Speakers

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November 11, 2023
4:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Chalbi Desert Ultra
+254 729 995 059
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Chalbi Desert
Kalacha, Marsabit Kenya
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+254 729 995 059
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