The 'Jurrassic-Like Setting' Of The Lake Turkana Kenya

The 'Jurrassic-Like Setting' Of The Lake Turkana Kenya

Appearing mirage-like in the middle of a vast, lunar landscape of extinct volcanoes and lava beds is the world’s largest desert lake. A World Heritage Site, Lake Turkana Kenya, the most northerly of Kenya’s Rift Valley Lakes, is extraordinary to behold. Also known as the Jade Sea for the array of blue and green hues produced by the algae it contains, Lake Turkana is fed by the Omo River in Ethiopia and, having no outlet, its levels fluctuate with the rainfall of Ethiopia.

Lake Turkana Kenya

The ‘Jurrassic-like setting’ of the lake, made all the more spectacular by its drastic contrast to the barren surroundings, is steeped in prehistory.

The Lake Turkana Kenya was first discovered by westerners in 1888 when an Austrian explorer found human skulls and bones here and 80 years later was made famous by Richard Leakey‘s discovery of fossil remains dating back three milion years at his excavation at Koobi Fora. It is widely believed that this is where man first walked upright.

Today, visitors are attracted to the lake to see its population of 22,000 Nile crocodiles in addition to hippos, venomous snakes, Grevy’s and plains zebras, reticulated giraffes, camels and more than 40 different species of fish. There are also plentiful numbers of migrating waterfowl, including flocks of flamingos, to be seen in Lake Turkana Kenya.

What To See In Lake Turkana Kenya

More than 22,000 crocodiles, large herds of hippos and over 40 different species of fish – if you dare to try catching one!

When To Go To Lake Turkana Kenya

October-April offers the best viewing of migratory birds, the crocodiles hatch in April and May.

How To Find Lake Turkana Kenya

Located roughly 750 km (466 mi) by road north of Nairobi.

Historical Significance Of Lake Turkana Kenya

It is widely believed to be where man first walked upright.

Lake Turkana KenyaAlso Known As

‘The Jade Sea’ for its water’s myriad hues of blues and greens.


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