At the end of February TARA’s David Coulson took part in a rock art and cultural survey up the length of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The survey was organized by Royal African Safaris and the Turkana Basin Institute and was intended to explore the potential of high-end cultural tourism in some of the country’s wildest areas. Starting in Maasailand on the west side of the Rift the team flew north by helicopter stopping to record archeological and rock art sites on the way.
At the end of their second day they reached Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, an area known the world over for the richness of its human fossil sites.

Nabuyatom, island crater at south end of Lake Turkana

Here they met up with world famous palaeontologist, Richard Leakey, who flew them to his northern campus near the Ethiopian border.
Later they flew across the lake to visit Nariokotome where in 1984, Richard’s team discovered Turkana Boy, the name given to the remains of a 1.6 million-year-old pre-modern human they found here.
They also stopped at rock art sites that David knew.  

The wild scenery of the Suguta Valley and Lake Turkana in Kenya’s Great RIft Valley

On the return trip back south the team flew down the wild Suguta Valley over huge dune fields reminiscent of the Sahara Desert.

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