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Address: Chalbi Desert, Kenya
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untouched and beautiful nature

When you drive either trough Chalbi desert or through the rocky highlands from the Samburu land, you will not trust your eyes about the beautiful desert lake in front of you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Katrin M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

When you drive either trough Chalbi desert or through the rocky highlands from the Samburu land, you will not trust your eyes about the beautiful desert lake in front of you. Truly one of the untouched spots of nature on this planet. The weather is very hot and especially in the night very windy which makes it quite tough and... More 

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Kenya
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

The east side of Lake Turkana is definetely worth a visit. Thanks to the Turkana windpower project Loyangalani is much easier to access than before. It is beautiful, dry and hot. In Loyangalani you will be in the middle of different tribes (Samburu, Turkana, Rendille, El Molo etc.) living peacefully together. People are friendly and the lake is refreshing. Great... More 

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Thank Cheeriop
Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Going there soon for its beaches and boat safaris to the central island. Magnificent. Its true you can sleep at the beaches of lake turkana without any worries whatsoever.

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Thank PAXTON T
London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

If you have the opportunity to visit, don't pass it up. The adventurous journey there, the opportunity to learn firsthand about Samburu and Turkana people, the scenery all around, and finally the lake itself are all very much worth the arduous journey there. It is hot, windy, dusty and very uncomfortable. But it is so much worth it.

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1 Thank HPFlat5
Nairobi, Kenya
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Cradle of mankind, that is what Turkana is known for. Well it has much to offer from the hospitable communities to the beautiful scenery. As a Geologist i got to traverse to most places in Turkana if not all the places. The place is quite hot for first time travelers, the roads are not that well maintained and a... More 

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Kitale
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

We initially rented the basic accommodations, but it was too hot, and noisy (generator). The management allowed us to move into a boma for half price to accommodate us. The meals were average, but the atmosphere was a 10. The boma was first class, same with the staff.

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1 Thank Larry4Africa
Siggiewi, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

You need a Land Rover/Cruiser and probably a driver, I paid $200 dollars a day for this and you need 5 or 6 days. It is more of an experience than a pleasure, however really interesting. The return drive through the Cholbi desert to Marsabit is exciting, Marsabit is a dump. Stay at the Malabo, I don't think there is... More 

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Thank Guych
Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

I kept reading reviews of people who had visited lake turkana before until I personally went there and yes it was so refreshing after a very long drive over bad stony roads tiresome and yes there it was at last, big awesome ,blue cold waters in the desert. south island is 45 minutes boat ride from loiyagalan town. a sleepy... More 

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1 Thank PAXTON T
Kigali, Rwanda
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

Hello members..this review is helpful but i find it extremely unfair to the agency!My wife and i were meant to travel on the same group,however the management communicated to us to choose a separate date of travel as there were insecurity scare at the time. After consulting further, we were told to wait for the refunds since we had made... More 

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1 Thank 325Tourist
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014 via mobile

Malabo resort the best accommodation and good meals and ice cold beer.apple parking and security available. The resort is run by solar panels and generator .

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