Turkana can be accessed from Nairobi via Kitale which is approximately a 700km road journey. The 380km road between Nairobi and Kitale is fully tarmacked, but the rest 320km is fairly good although you will see ongoing road works in many parts of the County. There are daily bus services and Lorries carrying passengers between Kitale and Lodwar.
However, Turkana is more of a 4WD country. During the rainy seasons, you will have to expect issues crossing seasonal river beds or getting stuck in mud pans.
If you are traveling from Lake Baringo, access route from the south is equally scenic and possibly slightly more comfortable. It leads from Lake Baringo to Nginyang, where the tarmac ends, and enters Turkana Land at Kapedo.
If you want to add a taste of luxury to your trip or you are just in a hurry, you can fly into Turkana District, by charter or scheduled flight, to Lodwar or Lokichoggio, from Nairobi or Eldoret. Alternatively, same services are available from Kitale to Lodwar. If flying in, you will require a vehicle to be waiting for you. Airlines offering scheduled flights to Turkana Land include Fly540, Safarilink, and Skyward express.
Self-driving is also an alternative especially when you want to experience this vast, pristine, beautiful and wild land. However, distances between supply stations are vast and two vehicles are better than one for security reasons. Visitors are also advised to always have with them enough petrol and drinking water, two spare tyres and tools as well as appropriate equipment to camp in the wild.
How to Get Around Turkana County.
It is fair to say that Turkana Land is strictly a county if at all you want to have experiences of a lifetime. Matatus serve the roads from the County’s capital to Lokichogio and Kalokol while 4WD pick-up taxis offer transport into villages around Lodwar and beyond. As they say, expect a lack of comfort and bring plenty of patience, as it will be tested.