Explore Sibiloi National Park – Turkana cultural visit, Kenya wildlife tours and safaris
Explore Sibiloi National Park -“The Cradle of Mankind” Located on the wild and rugged shores of Lake Turkana – the cradle of mankind – Sibiloi is home to important archaeological sites including Koobi Fora where the fossil remains have contributed more to the understanding of human evolution than any other site in the continent. The area is characterized by semi-desert habitat and open plains flanked by volcanic formations including Mount Sibiloi, where the remains of a petrified forest can be seen. Sibiloi serves as a stopover for migrant waterfowl and is a major breeding ground for the Nile crocodile. Terrestrial wildlife includes zebras, Grant gazelles, lions, leopards, stripped hyenas, Beisa Oryx, greater kudu, cheetahs and northern topi among others. A total of over 350 species of aquatic and terrestrial bird have been recorded in Lake Turkana. Sibiloi is surrounded by the Turkana, the Gabra and the Dassanach who are communities with very rich and unpolluted traditional cultures.
Lake Turkana. Sibiloi offers fine opportunities for your birding safari in the Northern Frontier, as more than 350 avi-fauna species have been recorded in the park, including flamingos, pelicans, herons, ducks, Sibiloi National Park shares the waters of lake turkana and covers 606 square miles (1570 square kilometers) of breathtaking scenery. The establishment of the park is partially credited to the National Museums of Kenya to preserve the lake shore, its archaeological sites as well as portions of the desert bush country.
Lake Turkana is the only water source in the park. Sibiloi was established in 1973 to protect and preserve some of the most significant archaeological sites on the planet, as well as ecologically-significant animal and plant species. The natural, cultural and historical assets of the park have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Wildlife of Sibiloi national park.
you may observe grazing and foraging herbivores, such as grant’s gazelles, hippos, reticulated giraffes, greater kudus, beisa oryxes, topis, to name a few. Land carnivores are also rarely observed, and the world’s largest population of Nile crocodiles is found on the North, Central and South Islands of skimmers and many more.
Birdlife in Sibiloi national park.
Sibiloi’s avian highlights include: Somali ostrich, Kori and Heuglin’s bustard, northern carmine and Somali bee-eater, chestnut-bellied sand grouse and fox kestrel. The Park is also famous for the European migrants that sweep across its skies between March-May.
Activities in Sibiloi national park.
-Visiting the museum of koobi.
-visit Lake Turkana
-Guided nature walks
-visit islands on Lake Turkana.
How to get there?
Sibiloi national park is located over 700 kms from Nairobi and with charter flights one can fly to Lake Turkana and drive to the park.
Where to stay?
Allia Bay Guesthouse. Desert Rose Lodge
Best time to Explore Sibiloi National Park
Sibiloi national park can be visited all year round.