4-6 Days Lake Turkana Safari
Explore one of Kenya’s wildest places, marvel at vast volcanic calderas and the Lake Turkana and visit archeological sites at Sibiloi National Park on the shore of the lake. This is the absolute off-the-beaten track culture and adventure excursion in East Africa on a journey through Karamojaland in Northeastern Uganda.
Experience this newly developed 4 Days Lake Turkana Safari, starting from Moroto town. Below prices are full board and including transport and accommodation in equipped canvas dome tents.
About Lake Turkana
Lake Turkana sits at the very northern end of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, it shimmers in the heart of an otherworldly landscape that would look more at home on the Moon than planet Earth. Lake Turkana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest alkaline lake in the world, and the largest lake of any kind in a desert.
Northern Kenya is remote, and undoubtedly difficult to get to – the best way is probably from Uganda’s Northeastern Karamoja sub-region – rewarded by visions of one of the most intense and untamed areas left in Africa.
Central Island National Park (Crater lakes)
Central island National Park is made up of three active volcanoes that belch sulphurous smoke and steam. There are three crater lakes, Flamingo Lake, Crocodile Lake and Tilapia Lake, that provide breeding grounds for world’s largest concentration of Nile crocodiles.
Best time to visit
November to March
Lake Turkana has a desert climate and rainfall is very low. Roads can be blocked-off by seasonal rivers for a duration of a few hours up to a few days when it does rain. The scenery is most stunning after the rains, which peak in April and November.
|Drive from Moroto to Lake Turkana (7hrs)
Activity: Scenic drive, Visit Turkana-tribe
Accommodation: Eliye Springs (Cottages or Budget Rooms)
Departure from Moroto town (Uganda) on a scenic journey of 7 hours by a strong four wheel drive vehicle. The route takes you around the rugged foothills of the volcanic massive Mountain Moroto, it crosses the country border and descents into the sand plains of Turkanaland.The route passes artisanal gold mining sites, cattle camps and settlements of the Karamojong-tribe and as the landscape changes, the people and cattle changes to the Turkana-tribe who are proudly keeping camels. On the road we will have a stop at a traditional Turkana homestead for a traditional colourful experience of the rich culture.Thereafter we proceed towards the lake and crossing several wide sandy rivers a stop in the buzzing and rapid developing Lodwar town for a typical Kenyan lunch. We proceed to the lake to check-in on time for dinner and a well-deserved sundowner of the Jaded Sea, Lake Turkana.
|Boat ride to Central Island National Park (2hrs)
Activity: Scenic boat ride, Walk around the crater lakes
Boat ride to Koobi Fora (2hrs)
Accommodation: Koobi Fora (Sobiloi National Park), Basic bandas
After the iconic sunrise and a decent breakfast we depart by boat (approx 2hrs) to Central Island National (UNESCO – world heritage site). From here walk up to Flamingo Lake, the breeding place for flamingo and thereafter return to the boat for another short boat ride to where we start our walk to Crocodile Lake, the breeding place for crocs. After a packed lunch with a view, we depart by boat (2hrs) to spent the night in Koobi Fora (Sobiloi National Park).
|Drive to Ileret area
Activity: Scenic drive, Visit Dassanech-tribe and/or archeology day
Accommodation: Koobi Fora, Basic bandas
After an early breakfast, we depart by vehicle, with picnic lunch, to the Dassanech country (IIeret area) and visit Dassanech people to experience their culture and back to Koobi Fora for dinner and overnightAfter breakfast and with packed lunch and accompanied by the museum guide, depart by vehicle to visit the Kobi Fora museum, the famous fossils excavation sites, fossils of a big-tusked behemoth of a predecessor of today’s Elephant, giant tortoise and fish sites. Back to Koobi Fora for dinner and overnight
|Boat ride from Koobi Fora to Eliye Springs (4hrs)
Activity: Scenic boat ride, visit Turkana-tribe
After breakfast we depart by boat back to Shore of Lake Turkana. In the afternoon we visit the Turkana-tribe communities for dinner and overnight.
|Drive from Eliye Springs to Moroto (7hrs)
Activity: Scenic drive
Breakfast and thereafter transfer to Moroto.
Two nights camp at Canvas Dome Tents equipped with camping beds, bed sheets, pillow and towel.
Means of transport
4WD Vehicle with experienced driver guide
– Visit Dassanech people and Turkana people
– A night bush camp (homestay) with the Nomadic Turkana Cattle Keepers
– Scenic drive through the desert landscapes
– Visit the palm beaches and fishermen on the shore of Lake Turkana / Jaded Sea
– Boat ride to Central Island National Park, Sibiloi National Park
– Archaeological sites at Koobi Fora
- Sibiloi National Park and Koobi Fora
- Sport fishing