Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2018 – light up of the Marsabit


Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2018 Dates: From 27th June to 1st July 2018, Lake Turkana Festival is a community of 14 communities that make up the majority of the population of the more significant Marsabit State. The event was proposed by local communities on the east coast of Lake Turkana in Marsabit State. It was founded in 2008 and has been an annual event ever since. 

This festival had featured the performances and cultural traditions of 14 ethnic communities in the province of Marsabit: El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanach, Gabra, Borana, Conso, Sakui, Gary, Wata, Bourgi and Somali. The presenting of the customs and standard of living of the fourteen tribes, their spectacular traditional costumes, art, and crafts, dancing, and music are unique and exciting – especially in terms of stunning geography and limited general knowledge of Lake Turkana.

Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2018 – A Little History of the Festival

The Marsabit-Lake Turkana Festival first opened in June 2008 at the region’s Desert Museum. The idea behind it is to encourage cross-cultural peace in the area and to bring its rich cultural heritage to the world. The small town of Loyangalani is almost unknown to outsiders, but it was an excellent meeting place for several cultures looking to preserve the festival. The three-day-long carnival showcases the rich cultural heritage presented by:

  • El Molo
  • Samburu
  • Rendile
  • Gabbra
  • Dasannach
  • Turkana

All of them live around the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana). Have you ever been involved with a culture of extinction? As one of the smallest and maki tribe in Kenya, El Molo is a colorful people whose life is entirely out of the lake. Their name “El Molo” means “fish-eaters” or “people who live from sources other than cows.” At least that’s what their Samburu neighbors call them.

Lake Turkana is held annually in the small town of Loyangalani, in the southeast of Turkana. The name means “the place of many trees” in the native Samburu language and is the home of El Molo, a community that is almost extinct among other locales. Its primary industries include fishing, tourism, and gold mining. It is fast becoming a widespread tourist destination in northern Kenya. The surrounding El Molo and Turkana villages offer unique cultural experiences.

The Main Attractions of Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2018

Turkana Cultural Festival

Like many cultural events, the Marzabit – Lake Turkana Festival is a mix of songs and dancing. About 14 different ethnic communities live in the province of Marzabit (El Molo, Samburu, Turkana, Dasanach, Gabra, Conso, Borana, Vata, Bourgeois, Rendille, Sakui, Gary and Somali) and all participate in the festival. Every community displays its unique cultural uniqueness, mostly through song and dance. However, some of the other attractions go above and beyond by showing:

  • Their traditional hunting gear
  • Traditional cooking methods and equipment
  • Informal interaction between men and women
  • Boat driving skills
  • Morgan Racing and Wrestling

The clue behind the festival is for the world to see how these people live and find beauty in their lifestyle. At the festival, you can meet traditional dancers, mix with El Molo and try some of the most delicious traditional dishes (some of which are acquired – so keep that in mind), buy delicious souvenirs, and maybe even say “hello” in another language. However, there are often songs and dances.

In June 2008, the National Museum of Kenya officially opened the first and only desert museum in Loyangalani, which depicts the cultures and lifestyles of the eight communities in the region. 1st Lake Turkana Cultural Festival This is the year in which all tribes associated with the Loyangalani tribes who live around Lake Turkana are celebrated and united.

The 3-day event is a celebration of the vibrant cultures of El Molo, Samburu, Gabra, Rendile, Garden, Dasanach, and Turkana, who live around the Jade Sea. It is worth attending the Turkana Lake Festival while exploring this northern border and enjoying a multitude of colorful cultures while discovering the hidden treasures of Lake Turkana.

National Museum of Kenya


DAY1: Nairobi – Get to the pickup point at Maralal 0600HRS and attend a group discussion before leaving the Bundus Safari dealership. The departure is 0630HRS. Please make sure you have the travel gear you need, comfortable shoes, and a camera for your memories. Maralal is a frontier town, the beginning of the vast northern wilderness and the platform for many adventures.

This simple city is a fertile center for the local Zambur people, and the streets are always busy with camels, active warriors, and merchants. Beyond Maralal is the most beautiful country in Kenya. Its vast arid plains lead to scenic Lorogi Mountains and the upper Wild Mathews Ranges. Dry river beds pass through this land and become the means and means of tourist camel trains. The forested country between Maralal and Turkana is best for adventure seekers – Dinner at Maralal.

Day 2: Maralal – Loyangalani After breakfast, we start our journey to Loyangalani, where the event is held. Loyangalani is a small town southeast of Lake Turkana. The name means “the place of many trees” in the native Samburu language and is the home of El Molo, a community that is almost extinct among other locales. Its primary industries include fishing, tourism, and gold mining. Come check out and then relax and enjoy nature — dinner, and dinner at Loyangalani.

Day 3: Loyangalani – (Festival Day) This day, you must get up early for breakfast and then head to the venue. Here you can spend time with the local communities that showcase their culture, interact with them, and learn about their culture. Camp lunch is served.

Kenya: Marzabit to Host 2018 Lake Turkana Cultural Festival

Marsabit County is hosting the 11th edition of the annual Lake Turkana Cultural Festival. In 2018 event had taken place from June 28 to 30 in the Loyangalani City. Governor Mohammad Ali had said that the purpose of the game is to promote cultural diversity, peaceful coexistence, and tourism. In the 2018 year’s theme was: “Promoting Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Social Integration.”

“Through this event, we are not only recognizing and appreciating the biological and cultural diversity of our country but also understanding the values ​​of the diversity of the human race and advancing our vision of the United Marzabit,” Ali had said.

Unique performances of Lake Turkana Cultural Festival 2018

The event features the exclusive performances and cultural traditions of 14 ethnic communities in the province of Marzabit: El Molo, Rendil, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanach, Gabra, Borana, Conso, Sakui, Gare, Wata, Bourgeoi, and Somali. El Molo, located on the shores of Lake Turkana, is one of the smallest communities in the country and is threatened with extinction.

Governor Ali had said that the annual festival is significant to promote peace and development in Mosbit, and there have been many clashes in the past. There was also a half-marathon, 15km, 10km (elite), 10km (Morons), and a three-kilometer race for children. The event was hailed as one of the reasons for the peace prevailing in Kenya’s largest country.

Kenya ready to launch Marsabit-Lake Turkana Cultural Festival The event, which held in Loyangalani, is a celebration of a bunch of 14 communities, one of the biggest strengths of the entire Marzabit region. The occasion began in 2008 and is held annually in Lake Turkana from 28 to 30 June 2018. Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, is often referred to as a World Heritage Site. 

  • El Molo
  • Rendille
  • Samburu
  • Turkana
  • Dassanach
  • Gabra
  • Borana
  • Conso
  • Sakui
  • Gary
  • Wata
  • Burgi
  • Somali, etc.

The highlight of this year’s festival is that the event is organized by the Marzabit government as well as the Kenya Tourism Board, followed by the National Museum of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service. The festival will focus on showcasing traditional dances, songs, ornaments, etc. from the ethnic group, giving the festival a different look.