Enwaitenet – the island of missing people on Lake Rudolph. Kenya

Enwaitenet Island Mysteries

The name of Enwaitenet Island, located on Lake Rudolf in northern Kenya, is translated from the language of the local Elmolo tribe as “irretrievable”. None of the people who went there ever returned. The history of the mysterious disappearances on Envaitenet begins in the 1730s, when several Turkana families decided to hide from the slave traders and chose the island of Lake Rudolph. From the very beginning of their stay on the island, people noticed the absence of birds and animals, as well as the unnaturally bright shade of emerald vegetation and its too lush growth. Also unusual was the presence of disappearing and reappearing smooth brown stones. They formed whole clusters and looked as if someone had polished them on purpose.

Later the Turkana encountered a number of other mystical phenomena. Every new moon the island was riddled with ominous screams and long moans that at times lasted about an hour. Further, the inhabitants discovered that it was impossible to get to some parts of the island, so closely intertwined were the branches of the trees there. In addition, the islanders had nightmares at night: in their dreams they saw mysterious creatures that only vaguely resembled humans.

These visions then prevented them from moving for a certain period of time. And when the stupor wore off, severe headaches, partial loss of vision, and nausea would ensue. Sometimes a city would suddenly appear, glowing with multicolored lights, with ruined towers and palace walls, and the frightened islanders would hear the funeral chant.

Fatal accidents followed. Any minor cut caused blood poisoning, common food poisoning. Experienced swimmers would drown in the lake in the calm. A man could fall on a flat spot and be seriously injured. Finally, unseen monsters could suddenly appear in front of people, and they had to flee from them, but it was not always possible. Small children disappeared without a trace literally before the eyes of their parents.

Everything that happened on the island caused the rest of the tribe, who remained on the shore of the lake, to see the islanders less and less often. And one day, when they dared to come to the island after a few months, it was deserted. All things, household utensils, tools remained in place, there was no trace of disorder and struggle, but people, nevertheless, disappeared.

In the XVIII century, two expeditions disappeared on the island – the Germanic and Dutch. They disappeared as without a trace as did the natives a few decades earlier.

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In 1935, a British expedition led by Sir Vivian Fouch studied the life of the Elmolo tribe. Two members of the expedition, geologists Martin Scheffles and Bill Dyson, sailed to the island to study it in more detail. For two days they gave light signals to their colleagues left on the mainland, but then they suddenly stopped. Two weeks later, the expedition leader sent rescuers to look for them. But those who landed on Enwainetet found absolutely no trace indicating that there had been people here for more than 15 days. An airplane flight over the island also yielded nothing. Moreover, even the samburu (more than 200 people) sent to search for the Turkana and nomads, who searched every stone, found absolutely nothing.

Local lore speaks of the existence of a chimney on the island of Envaitenet from which flames gush out. It is also mentioned about some corridors that lead deep into the ground. According to the beliefs of the Elmolo tribe, the master of the island is a giant Wat Usumu Tong Duurai.

In the mid-20th century, several Elmolo families decided to settle on the island, who were tired of living in constant clashes with their warlike neighbors. The Elmolos built houses and took up fishing. They regularly took the fish they caught to their fellow tribesmen and exchanged it for milk, bread, and other products. But suddenly the islanders suddenly stopped their visits. After a long time, the remaining Elmolos decided to send a raft to find out what had happened. The men who arrived found nothing but perfectly intact huts, utensils, belongings, and rotting fish. The entire village (30-plus people) had disappeared without a trace, just as their predecessors had.

So far, the mystery of the disappearance of people from the island of Evaitenet has not received any explanation. Among the reasons cite the presence on the island in large numbers of giant poisonous cobras. Some scientists have suggested that the gases emitted periodically by Lake Rudolph, which is of volcanic origin, are toxic and have a painful effect on the psyche of the people living on the island. In a fit of madness, they throw themselves into the water and drown, or are devoured by crocodiles, of which the lake is literally teeming.

The nomadic Turkana tribes of Kenya have their own version of where the islanders are disappearing to. The Turkana believe that the people are taken away by the patron goddess of fertility. In any case, at present there is no willingness to simply go ashore on the island, let alone settle there.

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We will tell you about the Island of Envaitenet. And what it is, a frightening reality or a fairy tale of the natives, you decide for yourself.

Where is it

Technically, it is called South Island. It lies in the southern part of the vast Lake Turkana (aka Lake Rudolph) in Kenya.

Envoitenet Island

The South Island is called Enwaitenet by the natives.

General Description

Enwaitenet is an island of volcanic origin. It is located in the southern part of the lake about 8 kilometers from the shore. This is the largest island in the area of the lake. Its size is 11 by 5 kilometers.

The island is covered with volcanic soil, and is a habitat for many dangerous animals. Including crocodiles and poisonous snakes.

Interesting fact – There is no reliable information that it is the South Island called Envaitenet. But a hundred meters east of the South Island is an island called Enwoiti (Enwoiti Island). Its dimensions are 1300 by 700 meters. It is possible that it is also called Envoitenet.

Envoitenet Island

Enwoiti Island may be Envoitenet

Legends of Envoitenet Island

Chilling stories about the island.

The natives say that long ago slave traders from Sudan often came to this region. One family decided to hide on the island. No one ever saw them again. Not only that, the people who went in search of them also disappeared. Many think they were victims of island cobras or crocodiles.

Missing Scientists.

Animals are unlikely to have caused the disappearance of people. Another unexplained incident speaks in their defense.

In 1935, a British expedition led by Vivian Fouch conducted scientific work in the area. Two scientists (Martin Sheflis and Bill Dyson) went to the island of Envaitenet. They signaled the successful landing with a lantern. Over the next few days, they also signaled themselves periodically with light signals. Suddenly the signals stopped. A few days later rescuers arrived on the island. They found no trace of the scientists.

Fush ordered a plane to examine the island. But this, too, gave no results. Then the British gathered about 200 local residents to completely comb the island. The natives were very reluctant to land on the cursed island. They had to promise a large reward if they found any trace of the scientists.

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In the end, literally turning over every stone on the island, not a single reminder of the presence of people was found. Where and how the two scientists disappeared to this day is still unknown.

It has been suggested that an underground gas sometimes emerged from the depths of the lake. It had an intoxicating effect on the brain and made people do rash things. For example, to go swimming in the lake.

Probably, the scientists, having used up the food reserve, have swum to the shore by boat, but have drowned. That is why their traces were not found on the island.

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The disappearance of an entire village

The series of strange disappearances did not end with the disappearance of the scientists. Several years after the disappearance of the scientists, several families of the Elmolo tribe landed on the island. They decided to hide there from the bloodthirsty neighbors of the Samburu tribe.

It must be said that the people settled down quite well, got goats, built huts, and fished. Sometimes they sailed to the “mainland” to visit relatives or to exchange goods. But after a while, the islanders stopped coming ashore. Neighbors and relatives sent people to the island. They did not find a single person. The lifeless village remained untouched. No sign of an attack or struggle, no sign of a hasty evacuation, nothing. The small population had simply disappeared without a trace.

The Samburu tribe claims that the snakes on the island are the spirits of dead ancestors. They still prey on the elmolo tribe.

Village huts still stand on the island, but no one rushes to inhabit them.

Enwaitenet Island

The feral goats roam the island, and they are not going to disappear. Moreover, nobody even hunts them, because people are afraid to approach the island unnecessarily.

The aborigines of the Turkana tribe saw the silhouette of their goddess of land and fertility in the outline of the island. It is said that she takes all the men, followed by their women and children.

Enwaitenet Island

In addition, there are many completely ridiculous theories, ranging from aliens to a mysterious submarine, people from which are constantly destroying visitors to the island. It is hardly worth paying attention to them.

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