Loiyangalani is a small town located on the southeastern coast of Lake Turkana, a frontier region in Northern Kenya. I have been to Loiyngalani twice, the first trip being  September last year, whilst there I had the opportunity of visiting the Desert museum Loiyangalani.

Loiyangalani Musuem is Located on top of a hill, with a backdrop of the picturesque Lake Turkana. It was established in 2008 with the aim of highlighting the unique traditions and cultures of the people of Northern Kenya.

Loiyangalani Desert Museum_buiding


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_buiding_view from far


Reflecting the culture, natural habitat of the region, this artifact rich museum will tell you a story of the location of the eight communities living in the area, namely the Samburu, Turkana, Pokot, Rendille, Gabra, Watta, Daasanach, and the El Molo.

Loiyangalani Desert Museum_info board


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_info board_kapesse lugga


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_info board_marti


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_artifacts


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_artifacts2


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_artifacts3


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_artifacts4

The museum has a wealth of material that tells the story and heritage of the region.

Besides the museum Loiyangalani offers breathtaking scenic sites of the largest desert lake in the world – Lake Turkana.

Loiyangalani Desert Museum_scenery


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_scenery_birds


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_scenery2


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_scenery3Photographer Karue preparing for the perfect shot


… And finally the I got to view the sunsets…

Loiyangalani Desert Museum_building_sunset


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset_karue


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset1


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset2


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset3


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset4


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset5


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset6


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_sunset7


Loiyangalani Desert Museum_silhouetteTrying to capture a perfect silhouette.


Despite the blistering temperatures and remoteness, Loiyangalani is an incredible place to visit.

I have linked up with  this week’s edition of Travel Photo Mondays , Chasing the Donkey’s #SundayTraveler and Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday .

Previous post
Jumba la Mtwana
Next post
Lake Nakuru National Park; Wildlife Galore


  1. February 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    Oh how the birds are aligned! And I love the last picture.

  2. Hakquim
    February 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    I have been to Loiyangalani, although the journey from Nairobi is long and exhausting, the experience is truly amazing. The landscape changes drastically almost every 100km. Swimming in Lake Turkana was an experience to behold.

  3. Cate
    February 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm — Reply

    I definately love the sunset… hope i get to visit the place some day

  4. February 5, 2014 at 1:46 am — Reply

    It’s so great that there’s a museum highlighting other tribes in Kenya as it often seems that the Maasai get most of the attention. I’d love to check out this museum and I wish I could play those drums! Beautiful sunset shots as always!

  5. February 5, 2014 at 6:23 am — Reply

    Wow, I love that silhouette picture!! Thanks so much for linking up to the #SundayTraveler this week 🙂

  6. February 5, 2014 at 10:56 am — Reply

    Interesting place

  7. February 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    Oh my gosh I love your photos always, Rachel! The first thing that caught my attention was the history of which I absolutely love. But, my true enjoyment here is the escape to quiet and solitude. That silhouette picture rocks! I just Subscribed to your site via email 🙂

  8. February 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm — Reply

    The light in these shots is fabulous!

  9. February 6, 2014 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    Your photos are absolutely amazing, especially the sunset shots. Karue had perfect timing with that bird shot.

  10. February 7, 2014 at 4:04 am — Reply

    Love your opening shot because it shows the rocky hill that the Museum sits upon and Lake Turkana – what a beautiful place.

  11. February 7, 2014 at 6:21 am — Reply

    Your photos of the sunsets take the oscar! They are gorgeous. The museum looks so interesting, and I’d love to visit and soak up all that history.

  12. February 7, 2014 at 11:05 am — Reply

    What an interesting and educational museum! I always enjoy your beautiful sunset photos but really love that last silhouette photo. Such a gorgeous area!

  13. February 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Stunning pictures you got. I’ve been in Kenya for many years and I’ve never heard of this place. Thanks for sharing and i will definitely visit loiyangalani Museum.

  14. February 8, 2014 at 1:30 am — Reply

    Awesome post! Thanks so very much for linking up the the #SundayTraveler. Those shots are great, I love the one with the birds! Hope to see you again tomorrow.

  15. February 8, 2014 at 2:27 am — Reply

    What a cool idea for a museum! It looks like a beautiful place.

  16. February 8, 2014 at 6:40 am — Reply

    This post certainly has an abundance of beautiful shots. I really like the silhouette of the last one. It captures a spirit of exuberance. This museum seems so isolated and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. I especially like that two signs mention that most of the rock carvings have images of giraffes.

  17. February 13, 2014 at 6:23 am — Reply

    The views are stunning, and the museum looks really interesting. I would love to see the ancient rocks.

  18. waisay
    February 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    This is lovely. I had no idea there is such a place and especially in Turkana. Keep on updating us.

  19. February 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    The photo with the birds in flight is awesome.

  20. mohamed
    April 3, 2014 at 11:02 pm — Reply

    It’s really a good work from you Rachel. as a county government we are upgrading the museum facility by adding more exhibition hall.beside we are organising loiyangalani cultural festival on June 13-15th 2014.i invite you all to come and see 14 different tribes displaying their culture and also opening of the upgraded loiyangalani desert museum.

  21. Erick Mark
    June 17, 2014 at 11:07 am — Reply

    Amazing Pictures of Desert Museum. Very Nice sharing, Just loved it. Keep on sharing such photos. Thanks
    John Frisk

  22. Zarek Cockar
    February 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    Great story and great photography. May I please use some of the photographs? Please can you ask the photographer to contact me.


    Zarek Cockar

    • February 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm — Reply

      Sent you an email.

  23. May 16, 2021 at 2:03 am — Reply

    Greeting and Thank you for your amazing Article

  24. August 14, 2021 at 9:40 am — Reply

    I’ve been searching for some decent stuff on the subject and haven’t had any luck up until this point, You just got a new biggest fan!..

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *