A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and probably Kenya’s most remote national park, Sibiloi lies on the northeastern shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, about 800 km from Nairobi. The semi-desert ecosystem was established to protect wildlife and the unique prehistoric and archaeological sites some of which are linked to the origin of man. The terrain is lakeshore, dry semi-desert bush and near the desert country.
National Park is waterless except for the alkaline waters of the lake; it
however harbours a variety og wildlife including a variety of wildlife
including common zebra, giraffe, hippos, crocodile and numerous bird species
such a flamingos, pelicans and ducks.
Other attractions are the preserved wildlife fossils which include the Giant
Tortoise and the 18-20 ft. long crocodile.
Origins of Man: Koobi Fora Museum and research base
Thousands of fossils including giant tortoises
Behemoth, 45ft long Crocodile
Lake Turkana Scenery
Petrified forests on the edge of Mount Sibiloi at Alia Bay
Karsa Waterhole – is a rare pool of standing fresh-water where wildlife go to drink
Jarigole Pillars – an excavation site of a pre-iron age burial ground
Wildlife at Sibiloi National Park
Sibiloi National Park includes Grevy’s zebra, Grants’s gazelle, reticulated
giraffe, beisa oryx, topi, greater kudu, lion, cheetah, leopard, striped and
spotted hyena and silver-backed jackal.
largest Nile Crocodile population breeds on Lake Turkana Central Island.
Birdlife at the Park
350 recorded species including flamingo, pelican and duck. A variety of water
birds such as African Skimmers, Herons and Gulls can be spotted on the
shoreline. The park is home to local species such as the Crested Lark and
What to do at the Park
with local tribes: Gabbra, Turkana and Dassanach, who are all communities with
rich traditional cultures.
walks in the petrified forest and along the Koobi Fora spit.
Where to Stay
Lodges and tented camps: Oasis Lodge, Lobolo Tented Camp
KWS self-catering accommodation: Allia Bay Guesthouse
Campsites: Turkana Campsite, Sunset Strip Camp
Best Time to Visit
National Park is completely waterless apart from the salty waters of the lake
shore and a few remote waterholes. It is very hot and dry here.
options include a guided fly-in tour or overlanding on an extended safari
through the northern frontier. Any type of expedition should be well equipped,
self-sufficient and conducted by experienced guides.
Getting There and Around
Roads: high-clearance 4WD vehicle is essential all year round. Travel in convoy is recommended.
The lake is
a three day drive from Nairobi via Marsabit and North Horr, Maralal and south
travel any road from Nairobi to Kalokol on the lake’s western shores, via
Kitale and Lodwar. From Kalokol hire services are available across the lake to