Background Information Sibiloi National Park, is 800km from Nairobi and covers 1570 km2 of wilderness scenic landscape. It is one of the world’s greatest treasures, where the proof of man’s origins was found. It was originally established by the National Museum of Kenya to protect unique prehistoric and archaeological sites.
In the 1960’s Dr. Richard Leakey led an expedition to this remote area near Kenya’s border with Ethiopia, and discovered some of the earliest hominid traces ever at Koobi Fora now credited as some of the most important paleontological finds of the 20th Century.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s over 160 fossil remains of early man including Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus were discovered, placing man’s origins to three million years. Over 4,000 fossil specimens of mammal and stone age artefacts have been discovered here.
The locations of the most important finds can be visited. Four particular treasures are: the shell of a giant tortoise dating back 3 million years, a set of jaws over 5ft. long from a crocodile believed to have been over 45ft. in length and the extinct Behemoth, forebear of the elephant with massive tusks, both dating back 1.5 million years and the hominid (early man) finds.
Game includes the rare Striped Hyena, leopard, lion, cheetah, hippo, plains and Grevy’s Zebra, topi, oryx, Lesser Kudu and Grant’s Gazelle.
Near it is Lake Turkana which is 265kms. long with an average width of 3Okms.
- Distance: from Nairobi 800 km north of Nairobi.
- By air There are 2 all weather strips
- Gates: One gate
- Roads: high-clearance 4WD is essential all year round.Travel in convoy is recommended.
- the lake is a three day drive from Nairobi via Marsabit and North Horr, or Maralal and south Horr.
- Alternatively travel by road from Nairobi to Kalokol on the lake’s western shores, via Kitale and Lodwar. From Kalokol boat hire services are available across the lake to Allia Bay.
SIZE / LOCATION
- 1,570 Km2.
- Lake Turkana ,Marsabit Diatrict, Eastern Province.
- scorching hot and arid (especially December- March). June and July are the coolest months. May- September very strong winds blow both morning and evening. Rainfall less than 250mm pa and in some places it may not rain for several years.
PERSONNEL ON CALL
- The Warden
- At present the park does not operate the smartcard system. Entry is by cash only( Ksh or US $ )
- Origin of man: Koobo For a museum and research base.
- The tempestuous ‘jade sea’
- Petrified forests
- Prolific birdlife
- Crocodile Kingdom
- Zebra,Grant’s gazelle, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, topi, greater kudu, hippo, lion, cheetah, leopard, striped hyena and silver-backed jackal.
- The world’s largest Nile crocodile population breeds on Lake Turkana Central Island.
WHERE TO STAY
- In- Park Accommodation
- Oasis Lodge
- Lobolo Tented Camp
- Self – Catering Accomodation:
- Allia Bay Guesthouse: offers 3double bedrooms,solar generated electricity and furnished indoor sitting,dinning and kitchen.
- National Museum of Kenya, Koobi Fora, there is also a campsite.
- 2 public campsites (latrines only no water) as follows: Turkana campsite and koodi Fora Campsite
- Sunset Strip Camp
- Game viewing
- Archeological safaris
- Bird watching
BEST TIME TO VISIT
- All year round
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
- Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks