Getting There

One may fly into Turkana District, by charter or scheduled flight, to Lodwar or Lokichoggio, from Nairobi or Eldoret. A recent alternative is a service from Kitale to Lodwar. If flying in, you will require a vehicle to be waiting for you on landing.
Lodwar is the administrative and commercial center of the district.
“Loki” is good for accommodation but several hours drive from Lodwar (A1); and even further from Lake Turkana, which most visitors will consider a priority on their “To do and see” list.

If you are driving to Turkana, you need to get on the A1 and follow it all the way to Lodwar; passing through Chepareria, Marich Pass, Kainuk and Lokichar. From Kitale it is 297 km; from Eldoret 367 km. If coming from Eldoret, slightly longer (+37 km), but more interesting, is the Iten / “Cherangany Highway” route (C51 – D329 – D327) to join the A1 just beyond Kapenguria.
The journey from Chepareria, through the Marich Pass, to Kainuk and beyond is very scenic. The condition of the road ensures there is ample time (for all except the driver, perhaps) to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.

From Ortum through to Lokichar, there is always the chance of river bridges being submerged or washed away because of heavy rains in the surrounding hills. Be careful, even if driving a 4WD vehicle, when attempting to ford a flash flood; always follow, if possible, the tracks of other vehicles which have passed. Don’t hesitate to stop at main centers and police posts to enquire about the state of the road ahead. At Marich Center, just beyond the junction with the C52 to Sigor and Tot, the A1 curves to the North and heads for Kainuk, 30 km away, skirting, to the East, the South Turkana Game Reserve (STGR). Here the green shrub-lands of the central pass have gradually given way to dry thornbush --- which is the protective habitat of elephants and a wide variety of other animals. The road into the STGR is 10 km from Kainuk and begins at the KWS post, which has little or nothing for visitors. In an absolute emergency you might be given water, a room and mattresses.
Continuing north onto the true plains of the Turkana basin, the bush gradually thins out and the land becomes an expanse of sandy plains with only occasional bushes and trees. Rarely and briefly, after rain, the plains may be flushed with green as ephemeral grasses and desert plants germinate, grow, bloom and die --- completing their life cycle in a brief span of days. Otherwise, the only features to break the monotony of the landscape are the hills; some strangely-shaped, others mysterious in their remoteness. The Karasuk range and others to the west are high outliers of the Elgon massif, some of them defining the boundary with Uganda. On the other side of the highway the hills are lower and scattered across the plain which gently slopes to the shores of the great, but invisible, lake to the east. Some of the hills give their name to the region around them; Lochwaang’ikamatak — as much a challenge to spell and pronounce as to climb — is an example.
Kainuk to Lokichar is 81 km. It is a further 86 km to Lodwar.

Beyond Lodwar
Few roads radiate from Lodwar:
The A1 turns northwest to Kakuma (120 km), Lokichoggio (214 km) and the Sudan border at Nadapal (a further 28 km).
The C47 heads for Lokitaung (190 km) in the far north; beyond which is Todenyang (a further 40 km), the Omo River delta and the Ethiopian border.
The road heading north-east to Kolokol, near Ferguson’s Gulf, on the shores of Lake Turkana, is the D348; a branch off this, after 20 km from Lodwar, puts one onto the sandy track that leads east to the beautiful Eliye Springs. Eliye is 46 km from this junction.