Lake Turkana...far from civilization
Trip Start May 03, 2011
148Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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Next morning made plans to go on a day trip visiting some rock paintings and spend a night in the El-Molo tribe village called Layeni. This tribe is one of Africa's smallest and comparable to the Samburu people. The last speaker of their traditional language died in 1999 but the visit was still a nice experience. I ate at some friends of my guide Julius, the El-Molo/ Samburu couple names 'Number 2’? and Beatrice. Apparently his name was really ‘number 2’. I could spend the night there and because it is so hot there I slept outside on a reed matt under my Masaļ blanket. The wind was blowing like hell but I slept well. In the morning got some tea and breakfast and walked 2 hours back to the village of Loyangalani.
The plan for this day was to relax a bit and then later in the afternoon pay a visit to the Turkana villages. However after taking a shower Julius came running to me that there is a car going NOW to Marsabit. A bit earlier than I have planned but transport is rare in this part of the world so I didn’t want to risk sitting 4 days more in Loyangalani so I hopped on.
- Only go here if you have a flexible schedule because transport is very hard to get and you have to be a bit lucky.
- Try to spend a night in the El-Molo village which is an amazing experience. Contact Julius (07331734793) for this.