A Visit to Lake Turkana on a Kenya Safari

As the world’s largest alkaline lake, Lake Turkana is well worth a visit on a Kenya safari holiday. Due to its location in the northern region of Kenya, it isn’t always chosen as a safari destination which is a shame as it has an impressive landscape and is of important significance. Made up of the Sibiloi National Park and the South and Central Island National Parks, Lake Turkana is surrounded by a harsh and arid landscape and although the wildlife isn’t as rich as other areas in Kenya, it is most definitely worth taking a visit for a quieter and more unique safari experience. With paleontological and archaeological findings, it is a significant park to visit as part of a Kenya safari and is subsequently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area attracts the likes of hippo and crocodile as well as a variety of migratory birds.

Sibiloi National Park

Situated on the north-eastern shore of the Lake, lies Sibiloi National Park, an established park to protect wildlife and a number of archeological sites, man of which have been linked to the origin of man. Although near to the Lake, the park itself is waterless and whilst the open savannah and riverine forests are still on show, the land is fairly dry. There is a number of wildlife species to be seen on a Kenya safari here including Grevy’s zebra, giraffe, kudu and the odd big cat can be spotted roaming around. Here you will also see a number of different bird species including pelicans and flamingos, and if you’re lucky you may even get to see the preserved wildlife fossils of the Giant Tortoise.

Visit Central Island on a Kenya Safari

If you wish to see something a little bit different on a Kenya safari, choose to combine yourtime at Lake Turkana with a trip to the Central Island National Park. This is actually an active Volcano and within it consists of a number of craters and cones, three of which are filled with crater lakes; Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake and Tilapia Lake. Although the volcano is extinct, often volcanic activity below the surface makes an appearance via steam vents and the smell of sulfur. Although this region isn’t on common Kenya safari itineraries, it is well worth a visit if you’re looking for more authentic parks and places of interest.