Stretching from the western side of Lake Turkana and the Great African Rift Valley to the borders of Uganda in the west, Turkana is the second largest county in Kenya covering a total of 77,000km2 of Kenya’s landmass Turkana town is the administrative capital of the county that borders Marsabit, Samburu, Baringo and West Pokot counties.
Turkana is one of the driest counties of Kenya experiencing temperatures about 25-35°C. The county receives between 150mm and 400mm of rainfall annually. Visitors can visit the Lake Turkana, Koobi Fora, the dancing Stones of Namoratunga and Sibiloi National Park as its major tourist attraction sites. Turkana boasts an overwhelming vast land which is diverse, unspoiled nature and outstanding locations not only presenting a unique set up for filming but also a myriad of investment opportunities.
And adventure in the Turkana County is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Visitors can expect a powerful mixture of pain and pleasure. An experience that has been described as of a bright white sunlight from a marvelous azure sky reflecting from limitless expanses of sand and rocks. It’s always advisable to go there when you are not in a hurry and make sure your vehicle is reliable or the personal accompanying you knows the place really well.
- Situated in Turkana County, Lake Turkana is Lake Turkana is the world’s largest desert lake running about 250 km from the Ethiopian border in a long thin body of water that is about 50 km wide. The lake is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Sitting on an area of about 77000km2, Turkana County is the second largest county in Kenya in terms of size.
- The Turkana boy, a nearly complete skeleton of a hominin youth who lived during the early Pleistocene was discovered here in 1984 by fossil tourists and researchers. This skeleton has allowed scientists to find out a lot of information about body size, body shape, and growth rates of Homo erectus.
- The largest towns in the county include Lodwar, Kakuma, and Lokichogio and the whole county is estimated to have 1 million residents.
- Lake Turkana has the largest crocodile population in the world. It goes without saying that the Turkana crocodiles are bigger as compared with those from the famous Nile River.
- Namoratunga site in Turkana is the first archaeological site in Sub-Saharan Africa. The site is marked by a circle of rock art that according to estimates has been there since 300 BC.