Sibiloi National Park is one of the world's greatest treasures, where the proof of man's origins was found. It was originally established by the Museum of Kenya to protect unique prehistoric and archeological 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 For a now credited as some of the most important pale ontological finds of the 20 th 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 artifacts 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 45 ft. in length and the extinct Behemoth, forbear of the elephant with massive tusks, both dating back 1.5 million years and the hominid (early man) finds.
Lake Turkana is 265kms long with an average width of 30kms. Turtles are found in its waters and it sustains 60 species of fish and thousands of flamingo, pelicans and other water birds. The lake waters are remarkable for their ‘soaplike' softness and fascinating shifting images and reflections. The crater lakes on Central Island National Park offer excellent viewing and photography. The Central Island is an important breeding ground for crocodiles. There is prolific shoreline game including hippo, plains and Grevy's.
Zebra, Topi, Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Greater Kudu and Grant's Gazelle. South Island National Park is the easier to reach and offers exciting views of giant crocodiles and age old traditional lifestyles. There is an airstrip or boat trips are available from western shore. There are three campsites in the Alia Bay region.
Malkamari National Park is located on the north eastern border with Ethiopia. The park opened in October 1989 and covers an area of 876sq. kms.