Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana also known as The Jade Sea is found at Kenya’s wild northern frontier. Lake Turkana is the largest desert lake in the world. Known as Jade Sea because of the remarkable, almost incandescent, colour of its waters surface that stretching far beyond the horizon. 'The deep blue, beautifully framed, suspended between the sky and the earth’, said Ludwig von Hohnel who is one of the first European to explore the region in 1888, when he first saw the incredible landscape of the lake. After a long journey through the sweltering deserts and lava flows of Northern Kenya, the sight of this vast body of bright turquoise water comes as an unearthly, ethereal vision.

The Lake is a source of life for some of Kenya’s most remote tribes that include the Turkana, Rendille, Gabbra, Daasanach, Hamar Koke, Karo, Nyagatom, Mursi, Surma and El Molo peoples. The Turkana live a semi-nomadic life around the lake, Kenya’s smallest tribe, the El Molo, live as hunter-gatherer on the shores of the lake, in villages of unique rounded reed huts.

Turkana is regarded by many anthropologists as the cradle of humankind due to the abundance of hominid fossils. Recent fossil evidence unearthed at Koobi that Fora has led to the Lake being referred to as ‘The Cradle of Mankind’. The archaeological sites lie at the heart of the Sibiloi National Park, a place of starkly beauty and prehistoric petrified forests.

Lake Turkana is a natural treasure, home to the world’s single largest crocodile population. The reptiles grow to record size, with some of the largest being found on the remote windswept Central Island. Lake Turkana is Kenya’s most remote destination, but one that is rewarding to the intrepid traveller with rich experience.

Highlights of Lake Turkana

  • Rock art - The dawn of imagination. many small, generally fairly crude engravings of giraffes, antelopes, cattle, camels, people and symbols….One of the oldest and most extensive records of human thought on earth. Priceless treasures shrouded with mystery.


True Nomads – exotic culture

  • Samburu one of the most colourful African ethnic groups.
  • Turkana the lords of the stony world, incredibly black, skimpily clothed in leather, decorated with scarifications and colorful necklaces
  • El- Molo the smallest and the least-known ethnic group in Kenya numbering about 300 people.

Mysterious springs

  • At the foot of the Kulal Volcano 3 springs spurt streams of water – the gift of the Creator to the Kingdom of Stones


  • Almost every stone lifted from the ground turns to be a million-year-old fossil, as if it was a sign sent to us by the ghosts of our ancestors…


  • The ground conceals the dozens of gems. Malachite, ruby, rose quarz, garnet, agate, rock crystal and tanzanite for those with a bit of luck…

Adventure and Pleasure at the Lake Turkana

  • Suguta Valley -African hottest and most inaccessible valley available mainly from the air.
  • Cosmos - Sahara like dunes, tongues of black lava running down into the water, flocks of flamingoes painting amazing patterns on the water surface, the explosion of pastel colours.
  • Lava Desert - The kingdom of stones, thousands of square kilometers of lava, the Mars scenery.
  • Koobi For a - Not more than 200 people a year reach this place, the real end of the world, completely off the beaten track.“The cradle of humanity” - a place we all come from, where the first human being settled down 3 million years ago. It’s here, in an archeological site founded by the Leakey’s family, where the skeletons of the oldest men, Homo Erectus and Homo Habilis, were found.
  • Chalbi Desert The harshest place in Kenya - Endless sun-cracked earth, sprinkled here and there with the snow-white soda

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: arrival Nairobi  Day 2 : Nairobi Excursions History and Kenya Culture  Days 3/5 : Lake Turkana Game Viewing wild game and Beautiful ragged terrains  Days 6/8 : Masai Mara game viewing  Days 9/13 : overnights Msambweni  Day 14 :  homebound flight via Nairobi

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    Desert Rose is a unique eco -lodge located on the lush cedar forest slopes of Mt Nyiru which towers majestically above the Elbarta plains, between Karisia Mountains and Lake Turkana in the remote North Kenya. The lodge is set at the foot of a Samburu holy mountain, Ol-Doinyo Nyiro, and thus offers a unique opportunity to be part of the most important celebrations of the community...

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