Lake Turkana . Kenya sights.

Lake Turkana

If you try to get there by overland public transportation, you won’t get much. Nothing goes to Lake Turkana. You will have to hitchhike or rent a jeep. But when you do get there, you will be very impressed by the Martian scenery and the rare tribesmen, also quite Martian-looking. One of the strongest experiences in Kenya. The lake itself is full of crocodiles. You can swim, but not everywhere. And yes, be prepared for the moisture to evaporate instantly. You will have to drink at least 4 liters of water a day.

The traffic there is fast for its beaches and safari boats to the central part of the island.Great. Really, you can sleep on the beaches of lake turkana without any problems at all.

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If you try to get there by overland public transportation, you won’t get much. Nothing goes to Lake Turkana. You will have to hitchhike or rent a jeep. But when you do get there, you will be very impressed by the Martian scenery and the rare tribesmen, also quite Martian-looking. One of the strongest experiences in Kenya. The lake itself is full of crocodiles. You can swim, but not everywhere. And yes, be prepared for the moisture to evaporate instantly. You will have to drink at least 4 liters of water a day.

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The traffic there is fast for its beaches and safari boats to the central part of the island.Great. Really, you can sleep on the beaches of lake turkana without any problems at all.

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If you have the opportunity to visit, don’t miss one from her. An adventurous trip there, a chance to learn directly about the people of Samburu and Turkana, the scenery around it, and finally the lake itself all very worth the hard way. It’s hot, pretty windy, dusty and very uncomfortable. But it is so much worth it.

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At first we went by the simple, but it was too hot and noisy (generator).The staff let us go to Boma for half the price to accommodate us. The food was average, but the atmosphere was a 10. Boma was top notch, same with the staff.

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You need a Land Rover/Cruiser and probably a driver, I paid $200 a day for this and you need 5 or 6 days. It’s more of an experience than a treat, but very interesting. Return passes, Desert Cholby to Marsabit is wonderful, Marsabit is a dump. Stay at Malabo, I don’t think there is an alternative, they have rooms at 2000sch and lots of cold beer.

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I kept reading reviews of people who visited lake turkana until I personally went there, and yes, it was so nice after the very decent comes bad rocky tedious roads, and yes, there was in the end, great awesome, Blue cold waters in the desert. island South is a boat ride 45 minutes from loiyagalan city. sleepy little town, but the cultures of samburus, turkanas and elmoros are unforgettable. definitely a place to visit.

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Malabo Resort best accommodations and good food and ice cold beer.apple parking and affordable security. The hotel is run by solar panels and a generator.

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Not an easy place to get to as there are no roads of the tarred highway around, but worth it when you cross the desert and through the barren rocky convenient as the hotel grounds were large to suddenly draw your attention to the jade sea and the huge island in the middle.We visited the East Coast and loyangalani and lived in the camping lake. It was wonderful to swim in the sea after a long, hot trip to get there.But we were noticeably pestered by mosquitoes in the evening (not the rude type, but they got everywhere) and then that, woken up at night.So a place for those who but a wonderful experience. Would have really enjoyed spending more time

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Lake Turkana (or Lake Rudolph). Kenya

Lake Turkana, or Lake Rudolph as it is also called, is an amazing drainless body of water in the Great Rift Valley in the eastern part of the African continent.

Standing on its shores, you will be sure you are on the seashore. The sandy beach and waves draw the eye. Fierce winds blow and fishing boats sway nearby, ready to go fishing.

Lake Turkana. Kenya Lake Turkana

The lake is filled with turquoise water, so the locals call it “Jade Sea.” Still, it is not a sea, but a large lake. Turkana is the largest non-drying desert lake in the world. In addition, it is the largest alkaline lake on the planet, covering an area of about 8,500 km2 .

The water from the lake is drinkable but not very pleasant to the taste because of high salinity.

Do not miss the information about the unique Pink Lake Retba in Senegal. It is almost impossible to drown in it, because its salinity is higher even than in the Dead Sea.

Where is Lake Turkana

The lake is located in the northern part of the Rift Valley, on the border of Ethiopia and Kenya. But in fact, more than 95% of the water body lies in northern Kenya and only a small part in Ethiopia. The lake is fed by three rivers: the Omo, the Turkwell and the Kerio. The most significant contribution to the filling of the lake is made by the Omo River (more than 90%), which originates in Ethiopia.

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Lake Turkana. Kenya

Lake Turkana. View from Space

Lake Turkana in numbers

Stretching from north to south, Lake Turkana extends 250 kilometers in length and reaches 44 kilometers in width. Scientists estimate that between four and eight thousand years ago the lake stretched more than 400 kilometers. At that time a river flowed out of the lake and flowed into the Nile. It is now a completely undrained lake.

It is worth noting that the water is consumed only by evaporation. The volume and size of the lake are variable. For example, its level dropped by 10 meters between 1975 and 1993, so the figures below may differ.

  • Catchment area -130 860 km 2
  • Water surface area – about 8500 km2
  • Average depth 30.2 metres
  • Maximum depth – 109 meters (according to other sources – 73 meters)
  • The lake lies at an altitude of 360 meters above sea level
  • The volume of water is estimated at 203 km 3
  • Salinity – 2,44%

The history of the discovery and the name of the lake

Naturally locals have long known about the lake (it is difficult not to notice it). But it became known to Europeans only since 1888. Then, a traveler from Hungary, Samuel Teleki, and his Austrian friend Ludwig von Hoenel discovered this huge lake and named it Rudolf, after the Prince of Austria.

Researcher John Walter Gregory reports in an 1894 geographical journal that the lake is called “Basso Narok,” meaning “Black Lake” in the language of the local Samburu tribe. This tribe was one of the dominant tribes in the region.

The lake retained its European name of Rudolph during the British colonization of eastern Africa. After Kenya became independent, in 1975 President Mze Jomo Kenyatta issued a decree naming Lake Turkana after the powerful tribe living in its vicinity.

Nature of Lake Turkana

The lake is famous for the largest population of Nile crocodiles and hippos on the planet. Crocodiles alone are about 14,000 individuals. And there are specimens over 5 meters long.

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Crocodiles of the Lake Turkana

Scorpions and carpet vipers live on the rocky shores.

Hundreds of species of birds live here. Add to that hundreds more species of migratory birds that periodically appear here.

Birds on the Lake Turkana

Birds on the shores of Lake Turkana

Compared to other major African lakes, Lake Turkana has relatively few fish species; the lake is inhabited by about 50 species, including 12 endemics.

The abundance of plankton is food for both birds and fish.

The lake also has a large population of large water turtles, especially near Central Island.

Lake Turkana Islands

There are several volcanic islands on the lake. We’ll look at the three main ones and the largest (the others are fairly modest in size).

North Island.

Located in the northern part of the lake. Its size is approximately 1.5 by 2 kilometers.

Lake Turkana. North Island

North Island of Lake Turkana

Central (or crocodile) island

Roughly in the center of the reservoir lies Central Island. Its dimensions are 2.5 by 2.8 kilometers. It is often referred to as Crocodile island. Such a name is not accidental. It is this island is heavily inhabited by crocodiles. In addition, there is an impressive population of large turtles.

It is noteworthy that the Central Island has 3 lakes, and the island itself is actually an active volcano, periodically releasing steam. The lakes on the island are slightly different in color from each other. They resemble the famous multi-colored lakes Kelimutu on the island of Flores in Indonesia.

Lake Turkana. Central Island

The central island of Lake Turkana

South Island

At the southern end of the lake, you guessed it, is … South Island. It is the largest island in the water area (size 11 by 5.1 km). And it is the “youngest”. Here is still observed increased volcanic activity. The territory of the island is protected and is a National Park “South Island National Park”.

The locals call South Island Enwaitenet – the island of missing people.

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Lake Turkana. South Island

South Island of Lake Turkana

Archaeological Findings

Millions of years ago, a wetter climate prevailed here. The lake area was much larger and its shores were more fertile. Large animals lived here, including elephants, giraffes, hippos, boars, and antelopes.

Many important archaeological discoveries have been made around the lake. One of the most famous and significant discoveries is that of Richard Leakey. He in 1972 discovered the skull of the oldest ancestor of man Homo habilis. Its age is estimated in the range from 1.4 to 2 million years.

In 1984, the same researcher found a well-preserved skeleton of the so-called Turkana boy. It is attributed to the species Homo erectus or Homo ergaster, and the age of the find is about 1.6 million years.

In 1994, the remains of more than 20 individuals presumably of the species Australopithecus anamicus were discovered. They were tested to be between 3.9 and 4.2 million years old.

Moreover, on the western shore of the lake, archaeologists found the most ancient stone tools of about 3.3 million years old. They are 700 000 years older than the tools found in Ethiopia.

Are you fascinated by archeology? Then you need to read about the Petralona Cave in Greece. There, too, many interesting things have been found by scientists.

The threat to Lake Turkana

Now the ecosystem of the reservoir is threatened by an ecological disaster. Ethiopia plans to build the Gibe 3 dam upstream of the Omo River. If the project is completed, the lake may start to dry up. It is possible that the lake will meet the fate of the Aral Sea.

Today more than a quarter of a million local inhabitants live in the vicinity of the lake, belonging to about a dozen tribes. The vast majority of them are closely linked to the lake and practically depend on it. It promotes agriculture, animal husbandry, and fishing. All of this the people could lose if the dam is built.

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