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Turkana County
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Turkana County

At 77,000 sqkm, Turkana County is the second largest county, covering more than 13% of Kenya’s surface. Turkana shares its borders with four counties; Marsabit to the east, Samburu to the south-east, Baringo and West Pokot to the south-west.The county also borders with South Sudan to the north, Uganda to the west and Ethiopia to the north-east. The name Turkana is widely believed to be a corruption of Turkwen which means ‘cave people’ in Kiturkana, the language of the Turkana people.

It is warm and hot with unreliable rainfall pattern ranging between 300mm and 400mm per annum. Majority of the residents of Turkana County depend on nomadic pastoralism and fishing as a major source of their livelihoods.

Fishing is practised in the waters of Lake Turkana with Tilapia and Nile perch being among some of the fish species caught in the Lake. Goats, camels, donkeys and zebu cattle the most common livestock kept by the communities in the region. Kerio River and Turkwell dam supply the region with water for cultivation and for livestock. Lodwar, the capital of Turkana County, is the biggest town in northwestern Kenya. The town is a commercial centre whose principal activities are fish trade and basket weaving.

Lodwar is the town where Kenya’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, and other political prisoners were detained for two years during the colonial period.

Turkana, the County of the many resources, offers a huge potential for Investments in uncounted promising fields, be it in transport,agriculture, the fishing industry, geothermal and wind power production, water bottling or housing and real estate business.

The tourism sector is up for growth and ready for investments in the hospitality and catering industry to build much needed hotels,restaurants and conference facilities.
The county’s tourist attractions includes Lake Turkana, Sibiloi National Park and two islands on Lake Turkana that migratory birds use as a stopping ground. The parks are also habitats of Nile crocodiles, hippopotamus and snakes.

Thanks to its overwhelming vastness and diversity, an unspoilt nature and outstanding locations, Turkana County is a heaven for the filming industry as proven by past productions, the most successful of which was ‘The Constant Gardener’ that has reaped international fame.