Loiyangalani, Lake Turkana
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The dusty and small road winds on, and eventually I find my way to the new wind turbine station built in the high hills surrounding the lake. I’m told this station was built in less than a year, which is a huge achievement given how massive it is. There must be hundreds of individual turbines slowly rotating in the wind.
When I crest a rise and see the lake for the first time it is an impressive sight – it’s absolutely massive, and is dotted with a few rocky islands. The shoreline is all rock, and extremely barren.
As I drop down to lake level and continue North on the mostly rocky track I’m staggered to see locals living in this extremely harsh environment. They are living in round huts, and fishing appears to be their main food source. The lake is famous for having the highest density of crocodiles anywhere in the world, though the fishermen are not deterred and wade up to their chests retrieving nets.
I wonder how many of them are killed each year.
The town of Loiyangalani is a literal oasis is the desert, built around a warm spring seeping from the rock. Palm trees abound in stark contrast to the intensely hot and dusty rocky surroundings.
In the early afternoon a local walks me around the village, showing locals dressed in traditional clothing. He explains there are three main tribes living here who used to fight a lot, but these days every is peaceful.
The land is so harsh and unforgiving many people die of starvation each year, though helpfully an NGO fixed up the water source from the spring so there is ample clean drinking water to go around.
I believe gas and diesel are available here from drums, though after moving the 13 gallons from the titan into the main Jeep tank which is now full to the brim, I’m confident I have enough to reach my destination.