Located in the Northern part of the former Rift Valley province of Kenya, Turkana is home to a soulful and cultural people of the Turkana and Samburu tribes. The diversity in their culture is something to indulge you in. The Turkana and Samburu people are nomadic pastoralists, who speak their languages, which are fairly Nilotic and much like the Maasai language.
They each believe in a god called Akuj/Kuj and Nkai, whom they believe lives in the skies/heavens, and call upon during times of calamities like extreme droughts as well as asking for blessings.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TURKANA?
Turkana offers an all year round warm climate. If you’re in for the prevailing hot and dry season, January to March is the best time to visit. June-August is fairly cloudy and chilly. The best time to enjoy Turkana fully is when there is lots of sunshine and gentle warmth.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN TURKANA?
There are a few places we can recommend that offer the luxury and ambiance you are looking for as you enjoy and fully relax in the land of Turkana. Here are some of them;
- Desert Rose Lodge Kenya – Located in South Horr in the Samburu region, on western side of Mt Ol’donyo Nyiru. It is a unique and a truly untapped place, culturally integrated with a wonderfully charismatic tribe of the Samburu people. The ambiance in the environment is exactly what you’re looking for to get the relaxing experience with a well-deserved luxury feel.
- Koros Camp – A simple and luxurious private camp with just the right location and facilities to unwind and fully explore Turkana land. The camp allows you to enjoy the nightlife of Turkana land and still get the luxury chilled feel you’re looking for.
- The Cradle Tented Camp – Located in the desert of Turkana land, it is surrounded by the magic of the desert, allows you to indulge yourself in the magic and mystery of the unexplored prime lands of Northern Kenya.
- Eliye Springs – Located in the western side of Lake Turkana about 64km from Lodwar. The resort provides luxury accommodations with a restaurant, bar and 24hrs front desk service for all your needs and queries.
WHAT IS THE BEST MODE OF TRANSPORT TO AND AROUND TURKANA?
The most convenient mode of transport is by air. You can book a scheduled flight to Eldoret or Lodwar and travel by road the rest of the way. The place is quite scenic if you enjoy adventure then this is definitely a plan for you. Alternatively, you can book a charter flight with us that takes you to numerous airfields in the region, close to your point of excursion that are not serviced by scheduled flights. This option is ideal for those who want exclusivity and scenic experiences along the way.
WHAT ARE THE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN TURKANA?
- Lake Turkana; The largest desert and alkaline lake in the world. Full of history as it is believed that the continental tectonic plates of North & South America, Europe and Asia overlap under the bed of the lake. It is the home to beautiful central and Southern islands whose shores are the breeding grounds for Nile Crocodiles. Central Island boasts of national parks which together with Sibiloi National park are UNESCO world heritage sites. Nabiyotum crater on the southern shore of the Lake is a geological marvel, a caldera remnant of a collapsed volcano.
- Sibiloi National Park; Also known as the “Cradle of Mankind”, Sibiloi is home to important archeological sites like the Koobi Fora. Fossil remains found on Koobi Fora have contributed more to understanding human evolution than any other site on the continent. The area is a semi-arid habitat with open plains bordered by volcanic formations including Mt. Sibiloi. Mt Sibiloi serves as a stopover for migrant waterfowl and is also a major breeding ground for the Nile crocodile. About 350 species of aquatic and terrestrial bird have been recorded in the region. Terrestrial wildlife in the park includes zebras, Grant gazelles, lions, leopards, stripped hyenas among others.
- Chalbi Desert; Chalbi Desert is located on the east side of Lake Turkana and near the border with Ethiopia. The closest urban center to it is Marsabit. Years ago, it was part of the lake Turkana and still fills up in large areas forming very broad and shallow areas of standing water, during periods of unusual precipitation.
- Suguta Valley; Suguta valley is one of the driest parts of the country, with an annual rainfall below 300mm. Seasonally, Lake Logipi fills a smaller part of the northern end of the valley.
- Lake Logipi; Lake Logipi is a saline lake that lies at the northern end of the arid suguta valley in northern Kenya. Saline hot springs discharge on the northern shoreline of Lake Logipi and at Cathedral rocks near the southern limit, and help maintain water at times of extreme drought. During the rainy season, the lake is recharged from the Suguta Valley, forming a temporary lake (Lake Alablab) that unites with Logipi. Flamingos can be spotted which feeds on the pink algae that at times define the color of lake water.