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Jade Sea: The alluring beauty of Lake Turkana - 8 months ago, 20 July 18:27

Liz Ng'ang'a

One element that perfects the rather attractively shaped map of Kenya is the broken dogleg-shaped water body near the right hand corner representing Lake Turkana.

Of course it is rather flippant to reduce the world’s largest permanent desert lake, covering 6,450 square kilometres, to a mere aesthetic in Kenya’s cartographic depiction.

The so-termed discovery of the lake in 1888, shimmering like a mirage in an otherwise seemingly inhospitable land, awed world geographers and continues to attract intrepid travellers to date.

The Hungarian explorer, Count Samuel Teleki de Szek, and his Austrian second-in-command, Ludwig Ritter von Höhnel, are historically said to have been the first Europeans to see the lake, which they christened Lake Rudolf in honour of the Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria.

In 1975, the government of Kenya renamed the lake after the Turkana people, one of the communities that has lived on its shores for centuries.

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