About Lake Turkana
Kenya’s Northern Frontier is home to the world’s largest desert lake – the 7 million-hectare Lake Turkana. The lake is more than 290 kilometers long, 30 meters deep and 32 kilometers at its widest point. Most of the lake falls within the borders of Kenya with only a small section of the northern tip extending into Ethiopia. While Lake Turkana is notable for its incredible size, the greenish-blue color (jade) of the water that is created by the presence of algae is another natural curiosity that holds the imaginations of our guests. Below the Jade Sea, water’s surface are more than 40 recorded species of fish, and the most recognizable carnivores are the Nile crocodiles that bask in the sunlight along the shores. The lake’s Central Island with its small active volcano, South and North Islands and Sibiloi National Park provide migratory birds with a much-needed stopping point during their journey. Native communities depend on Lake Turkana and the surrounding wilderness for survival, and you may have a chance to meet members of the Rendille, Gabra, Samburu, Turkana, El Molo, Ariaal and Dassanech tribes. Each of these indigenous people has adapted to the harsh environment, adopting critical skills such as deep lake fishing, wild fruit, and honey gathering, cattle and camel herding. The diversity of flora and fauna and ecological value of the area, as well as the international significance of archaeological and paleoanthropological discoveries, is why Lake Turkana and its surrounding safari national parks are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Koobi Fora section, alone, has advanced paleontological science more than any other location in Africa.
- Transportation4X4 Jeep
- Departure time7.00 AM
- Road tripping through the wildest untouched parts of Kenya
- Flamigos at Lake Bogoria
- Northern special wildlife species