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Lake Turkana Festival, Loiyangalani

Lake Turkana Festival, Loiyangalani

Loiyangalani is a small town located on the south-eastern coast of Lake Turkana.

The name means “a place of many trees” in the native Samburu tongue and is home to the El Molo, an almost extinct community, amongst other communities. Its main industries include fishing, tourism and gold panning. 

It is fast becoming a popular tourist destination in Northern Kenya, as the surrounding El Molo and Turkana villages, amongst others, offer unique cultural experiences.

The National Museums of Kenya in collaboration with the German Embassy, and other partners, will team up for the 4th edition of the Lake Turkana Festival – 2011, Loiyangalani from 13-15th May 2011.

June 2008, the National Museums of Kenya officially opened the first and only Desert Museum in Loiyangalani, which mirrors the Cultures and lifestyles of the eight communities that live in this area.


This is also the year when the 1st Cultural Festival took place celebrating and uniting all tribes affiliated to Loiyangalani, that live around Lake Turkana. 

This year’s event promises to be even more memorable as we join together in celebrating and helping preserve the cultures of the El Molo, Samburu, Gabbra, Rendile, Watta, Dasannach, Pokot and the Turkana.

We invite you to join us as we explore this northern frontier and enjoy the myriad of colorful cultures while discovering the hidden treasures of Lake Turkana.