Hundreds of kilometres north of the capital Nairobi and game parks that attract tourists from across the world, lies the vast remote arid lands of northern Kenya.  It is often said that the sunrise and sunset in Africa is unlike anywhere else in the world and Northern Kenya creates a compelling case as to why the sunsets of Africa are the most vibrant and colourful in the planet.

Therefore, I’d like to share with you some colour saturated sunsets from my last year’s road trip in northern Kenya. For those who’ve been following the blog for some time, you’ll come across some familiar images which I’ve decided to re post. Enjoy the photos …

Koobi Fora, a region of paleoanthropological sites in northern Kenya near Lake Turkana.

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Northern Kenya_Koobi Fora3In 1968 Richard Leakey established the Koobi Fora Base Camp on a large sandspit projecting into the lake near the ridge, which he called the Koobi Fora Spit. The camp is more or less a dormitory for researchers.


Scenes from Sibiloi National Park also known as ‘the cradle of mankind’ created to protect the sites of its many remarkable hominid fossil finds.

Northern Kenya_SibiloiIt was at this site that offered the best views of the hybrid solar eclipse that took place last year on the 3rd of November.


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Lake Turkana is the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake and If I may also add, the scene of most dramatic sunsets.

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Scenes from the shores of Lake Turkana near the Loiyangalani Desert Museum.

Northern Kenya_swimming L turkanaEnjoying an evening swim in Lake Turkana.


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Views from Alia bay on the Eastern shores of Lake Turkana.

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Northern Kenya_alia bay3The light fades very fast at sunset and it gets bright very quickly at sunrise so the window of opportunity is very small


Archers Post – an area used by the British Army as a training ground.

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To and from Northern Kenya one has to cross the Chalbi – desert an ocean of hot and dry volcanic sand raging from horizon to horizon also among the hottest region in Kenya, evenings can be very chilly but also offer dramatic sunset views.

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North Horr, a small dusty settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert.

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Could not resist a couple of silhouette selfies.

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Hope you love the photos and thanks to Karue for allowing me to use some of his works. Please check out his photography page on Facebook.

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  1. April 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm — Reply

    Wow, what amazing sunsets. Kenya looks like a beautiful country, I should really come one day. thanks for sharing!

  2. April 21, 2014 at 4:33 am — Reply

    These photos are truly extraordinary. I felt like I was there and experienced this magical sunset with you :).

  3. April 21, 2014 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Amazing photos…

  4. April 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm — Reply

    What an amazing sunset photo collection, Rachael! I love each and everyone, especially the ones taken at the Lake Turkana. Silhouette selfies are nice too. I also always try to play with the silhouettes at sunsets. But my photos never come as good. Thanks for linking up with us for the #SundayTraveler.

  5. April 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm — Reply

    Gorgeous sunset photos as always, Rachel! I especially love the seventh one down.

  6. April 22, 2014 at 12:11 am — Reply

    Amazing! Such big skies and wonderful colours. I love the silhouettes!

  7. April 23, 2014 at 5:51 am — Reply

    Beautiful sunsets – I love all of the colors in the sky, too!

  8. April 23, 2014 at 5:57 am — Reply

    Stunning! Such beautiful photos! I’ve always wanted to go to Kenya. These photos make me want to go even more!

  9. April 23, 2014 at 11:56 am — Reply

    Those shots from Lake Turkana are wonderful. You really can’t beat a beautiful African sunset 🙂 Nice selfies, too!

  10. April 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    Wow!Just beautiful. You are making me yearn for the African sets I have yet to see. I cannot wait for my trip back to Zambia now 🙁

  11. April 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    Stunning shots! I love the orange glows.

  12. April 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    It’s amazing what our planet is able to produce on a daily basis. What a great lot of beautiful shots – & I especially love the ones with people in it.

  13. April 25, 2014 at 2:51 am — Reply

    Gorgeous gorgeous photos. I especially like the one with silhouetted people swimming in the water. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

  14. April 25, 2014 at 2:59 am — Reply

    Beautiful images. Voted 🙂

  15. April 25, 2014 at 9:26 am — Reply

    What a beautiful collection of sunset photos and they are truly magical. You are he queen of gorgeous sunset photos 🙂 I always enjoy the ones with the people shadows. Love that last one!

  16. April 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    You’re right about one thing: Africa produces the most stunning sunsets. It’d be difficult to pick a favorite. Each is beautiful in its own right. Thanks for reminding me to start planning my next trip, Rachel. Hope you have a great weekend.

  17. April 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    Beautiful photos! And, I voted for you! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler 🙂

  18. April 26, 2014 at 2:35 am — Reply

    Really incredible photos!

  19. April 27, 2014 at 6:18 am — Reply

    That’s a big selection of gorgeous sunset photos. I think the one after the people in the car is what I think of when I imagine an African sunset, probably because of the Lion King movie. I especially like the one of the cloud that looks like it’s lit from within. Nice silhouette selfie!

  20. April 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    Hi Rachel, stunning sunsets indeed. I’d love to visit Kenya just to see these glorious free show myself. I’ll never get tire of sunset shots and thanks for posting them. Loved you silhouette selfie!

  21. May 6, 2014 at 7:52 am — Reply

    Great shots. I love Kenya

  22. May 12, 2014 at 12:12 am — Reply

    WoW gorgeous sunsets ! Amazing photos

  23. Michael
    June 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    The Northern Kenya…….

  24. June 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    Great works…I love all things travel so ….def I will be on your page often-hope you dont mind.
    I recently started a travel blog… have a look and enjoy.
    Now,I really want to travel to North Eastern Kenya,I see you have been there…kudos..Is it possible for one to travel on their own that way or do I have to travel with a tour firm-noticed you used a tour car/truck.Will highly appreciate your feedback.

    Kind Regards,

  25. September 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm — Reply

    Really nice photos!

  26. February 1, 2018 at 2:36 am — Reply

    Totally amazing pictures. Great work.

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