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Lake Turkana Northwest
is an extremely remote and truly wild area of Northern Kenya
, lying around 450km northwest of Mount Kenya and running north to the border with Ethiopia.
Although it is a close call, there are probably even fewer visitors to this western side of Lake Turkana than to the east. The main reasons are that the sights are rather less varied and the road journey involves a good deal of backtracking.
The area is centred around the town of Lodwar, a busy trading post for the local Turkana people and attractions include the ribbon of fertile land along the Turkwel River, the Eliye Springs down by Lake Turkana and the active volcano that forms Central Island National Park.
We love the remote wilderness areas of Northern Kenya, the scenery really is quite remarkable in parts. However visitor numbers are exceedingly low, largely due to political instability in the region and the near constant threat of Somali bandits.
The only way that we are presently able to access the area is by light aircraft out of places such as Sarara Camp
further to the south, whose experienced owners, the Bastard family, are always aware with the current situation and can make and change plans accordingly.
Such flying expeditions can last anything from a few hours to several days, depending on how much of this remote region you want to explore.
The potential for trips this way is further restricted by the closure, temporary or otherwise, of both Lake Turkana Lodge and Lobolo Camp.
Such trips are usually combined with parts of the Kenya Central
region, notably in the Mathew's Range
, Laikipia North
, Il Ngwesi Valley
, Lewa Downs
areas, as well as the Maasai Mara
way off to the southwest.