Lake Turkana Lodge is quaint and charming, situated at Kalokol, on the western shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Ideal for fishing for Nile Perch and tiger fish in the lake, and visits to Central Island. Situated on a spit at the mouth of Ferguson’s Gulf, the Lake Turkana Lodge is surrounded by water on three sides and access is by boat across the Gulf to its sandy beach.
Lake Turkana offers itself as the ideal destination for the intrepid traveler seeking to experience bio-diversity at its best: ornithology, anthropology, archaeology, culture, fishing, game viewing, astronomy, photography and adventure.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation Lake Turkana Lodge comprises of 16 individual rustic timber cabins of size 24 x 10 feet, each of which is self-contained with a bathroom (shower/toilet/sink) and a large verandah (size 24 x 10 feet) affording a magnificent view of the lake. There is also one twin family cabins unit one and two-bed roomed VIP unit. Water supplied to the rooms and common facilities is alkaline and untreated – pumped directly (when the pumps are working) from the lake. Expansive lake view gives an impression of an oceanfront location.
Visitors encountering this remote lake, regardless of the number of previous visits, continue to sense that awe-inspiring atmosphere which has become synonymous with its romantic name, the Jade Sea Lodge.
Lake Turkana Lodge offers simple but delicious meals and available also a reasonable well stocked bar with beer, sodas and mineral water and limited wines (no spirits). Lighting is provided by a solar system.
NB: Currently the lodge management is only offering accommodation at a basic services level provided by a skeleton staff (mainly room stewards). However, simple but delicious meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available. Therefore clients can carry their own food and drinks if they wish so and lighting of course (open flames in the wooden Banda’s is prohibited). It is also possible to camp at designated points on the lodge site.
Activities offered include:
- There is a swimming pool (although it is not always operational)
- boat excursions on the lake,
- sport fishing
- local village visits.
How To Get There
700 kms from Nairobi. Reached by a four kilometre boat ride up the coast from Kalakol, the main town in the area.From Nairobi to Kitale – 380Kms the road is tarmac. From Kitale to Lodwar via Kapenguria – 320Kms.
Recommendation: All visitors to Turkana should travel with an open mind and willingness to make adjustments to the travel plans. A sense of humor is a necessity. If you are inflexible, expect services/facilities of a modern hotel or lodge, and/or are unwilling to experience the unexpected – like a scorpion on your path or a fish bone thrust into your foot if you decide to walk barefoot or the outboard motor breaking down in the middle of the lake during an excursion to the Island, etc – you may want to want to seriously reconsider visiting Turkana.