Turkana

Overview

A long time ago, the common ancestors of the Turkana, the Jie and all the other ‘Karamajong’ tribes lived in a place called Apuli, in southern Sudan or Ethiopia. Some 300 to 500 years ago, they began to migrate southwards to their present homeland in the far northeast of Uganda. Their name suggests a cave-dwelling community. ‘Turkwen’, means ‘cave people’, or ‘aturkan’ which means ‘cave land’. Since there are no caves in present-day Turkana. Where then did their caves go? Visit them to find out.

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Stranger Odysseys

Turkana Fossil Shows How the Hippo Came to Africa

Scientists analysing a half-jaw and several teeth discovered at Lokone in the Lake Turkana basin think they might know now how the hippo came to Africa.

Tribes of Kenya

The Turkana: Ask them What Became of their Caves

The Turkana are the largest of the 7 ethnic groups that form the 'Karamajong Cluster'. They are also called the 'cave people' but what became of the caves?

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Travel Through Space and Time at Loyangalani

A popular travel guide once said travelling to Loyangalani, "is not only travelling through space but also time...|" It is still true of the place.

A popular travel guide once said travelling to Loyangalani, "is not only travelling through space but also time..." It is still true of the place.