Wiege der welt

By Gunter Kast

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Gunter Kast visits lake Turkana, the biggest desert lake in the world, located in Northern Kenya.

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Located on the north most extremity of northern Kenya, lies Lake Turkana and in the northern most extremity of Lake Turkana still, lies the Turkana Basin Institute, a place that has gone down in paleontological history as the area that the ‘Turkana Boy’ was discovered, the world’s oldest homo sapiens fossil that may well have contributed to the ‘out-of-Africa’ theory, which hypothesises that Homo sapiens started in Africa before spreading out to other continents.

Kast points out that for novice safari goers, the south is where to see the big five, but Turkana, which is named the Jade Sea after the turquoise blue colour, is for your seasoned traveller. Indeed many a celebrity have sought solace at the legendary ‘Oasis Club’, which can be found here, including Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Thomas Gottschalk. ‘There aren’t many people that come here,’ says Wolfgang Deschler, the club’s owner, ‘but the ones that do are interesting.’

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