Lake Turkana, also romantically known as the Jade Sea for its varying 'moods' and beautiful colour, is the largest desert lake in the world stretching 249 km at its longest and 44 km at its widest point. The shores and islands in and around Lake Turkana are predominantly arid areas strewn with volcanic rock. In fact, Central Island in Lake Turkana forms part of an active volcano and visitors have observed sprays of sulfur on the island and from the shore.
Lake Turkana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sibiloi National Park lies on the eastern shore while Central Island National Park and South Island National Park lie in the lake.
The lake is thought to have been connected to the Nile in the distant past and evidence for this can be seen in the large number of Nile crocodiles found here. These beautiful beasts share their home with various other creatures including poisonous snakes and scorpions so a professional guide is advised for any bundu bashing excursions.
This most beautiful, almost untouched part of Africa, has been the found to be the resting place of an abundance and variety of hominid fossils, convincing a lot of experts that this is the cradle of humankind. A few indigenous tribes make the shores of Lake Turkana their home and every year they come together for the Lake Turkana Festival where they celebrate their cohabitation, traditions and unique cultures and showcase their dances, costumes and customs to the world.
Rich in history, geology and biology, Lake Turkana is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be had by all that feel deeply connected to Africa, or in that case, by all.
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