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Sibiloi National Park


Sibiloi National park is certainly one of East Africa's best-kept secrets. The park lies on the northeastern shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, about 800km from Nairobi. Mostly arid semi desert, commiphora woodland is prevalent. Euphorbia and stunning pink flowers of the desert rose stand out amongst the dark sandstone outcrops while dry sand rivers lined with shady thorn trees intersect the landscape

The semi desert ecosystem was established to protect wildlife and the unique prehistoric and archaeological sites some of which are linked to the origin of man. It was originally established by the 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.

Sibiloi National Park is one of the world’s greatest treasures, where the proof of man’s origins was found. 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.

The park is waterless except for the alkaline waters of the lake; it however harbours variety of wildlife including common zebra, giraffe, hippos, crocodile and numerous bird species such as flamingos, pelicans and ducks. Game includes the rare Striped Hyena, leopard, lion, cheetah, hippo, plains and Grevy’s Zebra, topi, oryx, Lesser Kudu and Grant’s Gazelle.

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