Pastoralism and Fishing are the major economic activities and sources of livelihood of the local community.

Turkana County is home to the largest desert lake in the world and is the cradle of mankind. Turkana is hot year-round with unreliable rainfall patterns ranging between 300mm and 400mm per annum. Pastoralism and fishing are the major economic activities and sources of livelihoods for the local community. Goats, camels, donkeys, and zebu cattle are the most common livestock kept by the communities in the region. Fishing is practiced in the waters of Lake Turkana with Tilapia and Nile perch being among the fish species caught in the Lake. Kerio River and Turkwel dam supply the region with water for cultivation and livestock.

Turkana County is a major source of energy namely; hydro – electric power generation from Turkwel dam, oil exploration and other sources of clean energy such as wind, solar and geothermal. Lamu South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor (LAPSSET) passes through the county bringing forth opportunities for investment in tourism and related sectors.
Tourist attractions include Lake Turkana, Central Highland 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.

Turkana Land’s Biggest Attractions

Turkana, the second largest of all 47 counties, is covering 13% of the Republic of Kenya’s surface. Although only known to few outsiders, it offers a range of unique landscapes and ecosystems as well as an impressive, intact traditional culture. Whether you are after bird watching, a wildlife safari, archeological experiences, relaxing on the beach, or simply out for new discoveries – Turkana has it all!
Our suggestions for must-visits when in Turkana Land are these: