Lake Turkana

 

Lake Turkana is located in the Kenyan Rift Valley, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the world’s largest permanent desert lake, as well as its largest high-alkalinity lake. Central Island, in the lake, is an active volcano that still emit vapors.

Nile crocodiles are found in great abundance on the flats, and the park hosts large bird populations. There are relatively few mammal species in the area, with the exception of hippopotamuses.

Due to temperature, aridity and geographic inaccessibility, the lake retains its wild character. As a result, most visitors choose to use guides or rangers to navigate the challenging terrain.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Offering a year-round outdoor pool and views of the mountain, The Cradle Luxury Tented Camp is set in Lodwar. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is air conditioned and comes with a satellite flat-screen TV. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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The Cradle Luxury Tented Camp

The Cradle Luxury Tented Camp

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and views of the mountain, The Cradle Luxury Tented Camp is set in Lodwar. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is air conditioned and comes with a satellite flat-screen TV. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Distinctive High Salinity and Alkalinity Lake

By volume, Lake Turkana is the world's fourth-largest salt lake. This makes it an outstanding laboratory for the study of unusual plant and animal communities. Besides being a permanent desert sea, it is the only sea that retains the waters originating from two separate catchment areas of the Nile. The Lake Turkana drainage basin draws its waters mainly from Kenya Highlands and Ethiopian Highlands.
Wildlife and Plants
Lake Turkana supports an enormous diversity of wildlife:

The Lake Turkana region is home to hundreds of species of birds native to Kenya. The East African Rift System also serves as a flyway for migrating birds, bringing in hundreds more. The birds are essentially supported by plankton masses in the lake, which also feed the fish.

Over the dry grasslands ranges a population of grazing mammals and predators. The grazers are chiefly Grevy's zebra, Burchell's zebra, the beisa oryx, Grant's gazelle, the topi and the reticulated giraffe. They are hunted by the lion and the cheetah.

The lake contains what is probably Africa's largest population of Nile crocodiles.

Compared to other large African lakes, Turkana has relatively low fish species in total; the lake holds about 50 fish species, including 11 endemics.
Other Interests:
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Volcanoes
Hiking and Trekking

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