Turkana County, the second largest county in Kenya, is situated in North-West, a semi-arid part of the country. Turkana is believed to be a mispronunciation of Turkwen which means 'cave people' in Kiturkana.
Turkana County neighbours Marsabit, Samburu, West Pokot and Baringo counties. The vast lands are popular for oil deposits as well as production of renewable sources of energy such as wind, sun and geothermal.
Turkana is home to not only the Turkana community known for their jewellery, songs, crafts and unique hairstyles; but also for the smallest tribe in Kenya, the El Molo.
Turkana is known as the cradle of mankind for the vast archaeological findings or the early man that have been discovered in the region. Koobi Fora where lies Loiyangalani Desert Museum is the world's leading site for the study in human evolution. The area is collectively known as Sibiloi National Park and was gazetted in 1972 and declared a World Heritage Site in 1977.
Loiyangalani Desert Museum focuses on the lifestyle of eight tribes lliving in Turkana County namely Rendille, Samburu, Gabbra, Watta, Turkana, El-molo, Boran and Dassanash.
40-metre sand dunes make breathtaking sceneries that can be best enjoyed in a 4-wheel drive.
Turkana is home to the largest desert lake as well as a haven for wild animals such as Kori bustard roam, leopard,antelope, gazelle, warthog and the oryx. There are 3 crater lakes on the Central Islans within Lake Turkana. Each of the lakes is a breeding ground for crocodiles, flamingos and Tilapia.
The annual Lake Turkana - Marsabit Cultural Festival in August is a must attend to learn of the nomadic and pastoralist tribes in the region
The Lokichogio Airstip serves Turkana County and you can book flights from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to this airstrip.
By road from Nairobi, it is a 3-day continuous drive using the Marsabit - North Horr route or Maralal - South Horr route for the eastern shoress and for the western shoress of Lake Turkana, use Kitale - Lodwar route.