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Sibiloi National Park

Sibiloi National Park  " Cradle of Mankind , Garden of Eden "                                       
Sibiloi National Park covers 1,570 Km2 of wilderness scenic landscape on the shores of Lake Turkana. The park was partially established through the initiative of National Museums of Kenya to protect unique prehistoric and archeological sites some of which are linked to the origin of man.The fossils include a crocodile Euthecodon brumpti, giant tortoile Petusios broadleyi, elephant Elephas recki and the petrified forest.The terrain is lake shore, dry semi desert bush and near desert country. The park is waterless apart from the alkaline waters of the lake.


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Sibiloi National Park                       
"The Cradle of Mankind"
The park lies on the northeastern shore of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, about 800 km from Nairobi. 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. 
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.  Other attractions are the preserved wildlife fossils which include the Giant Tortoise and the 45 ft long Crocodile. 

Access
-  Distance: from Nairobi 800 km north of Nairobi,via Lodwar or Marsabit .
-  By air There are 2 all weather strips, Park Hqs and Koobi Fora.
-  Roads: high-clearance 4WD is essential all year round.Travel in convoy is recommended.
-  The lake is a three day drive from Nairobi via Marsabit and North Horr, or Maralal and south Horr.
-  Alternatively travel by road from Nairobi to Kalokol on the lake’s western shores, via Kitale and Lodwar. From Kalokol boat hire services are available across the lake to Allia Bay.

Park Roads and Gates
Good network of roads. Only one gate.

Size and Location
-  1,570 Km2.
-  Lake Turkana ,Marsabit Diatrict, Eastern Province.

Climate
Scorching hot and arid (especially December- March). June and July are the coolest months. May- September very strong winds blow both morning and evening. Rainfall less than 250 mm pa and in some places it may not rain for several years.

Safari Card Required
At present the park does not operate the smart card system. Entry is by cash only( Ksh or US $ ).

Attractions
-  Origin of man: Koobo Fora Museum and Research Base.
-  Thousands of Fossils including Giant Tortoise, Behemoth, 45 ft long Crocodile.
-  Lake Turkana Scenery.
-  The tempestuous ‘jade sea’.
-  Petrified forests.
-  Crocodile Kingdom.
-  Birdwatching: Flamingoes, Pellicans, Ducks.
-  Shoreline Game viewing: Hippo, Crocodile, Zebra, Giraffe.

Wildlife
-  Grevy’s and Burchell’s zebra,Grant’s gazelle, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, topi, greater kudu, hippo, lion, cheetah, leopard, striped hyena and silverbacked jackal.
-  The world’s largest Nile crocodile population breeds on Lake Turkana Central Island.

Activities
-  Game viewing.
-  Camping.
-  Archeological safaris.
- Bird watching.

Best time for a visit
All year round.

What to take with you
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

Park Contacts
Phone:      +254-54-21223
Email:      
sibiloi@kws.go.ke
Postal Address:The Warden,Sibiloi National Park, PO Box 219,Lodwar, Kenya