Located East of the famous Lake Turkana and spreading to the Ethiopian border, the magical desert is one of the hottest and most arid places in Kenya and covers an area of about 100,000-kilometre square. While storms are the most conspicuous sightings that greet you on reaching its fringes, Chalbi desert, itself is a bleached stretch of coarse sand spiced up with pure rocks and immense clay. There are also ash-grey ridges and broken clusters of tiny huts. The desert is believed to have been a lake that dried up a thousand years ago, therefore, the name Chalbi, which means ‘bare and salty’ in the Gabbra dialect.
The Chalbi Desert