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Chalbi Desert Guide

The Chalbi Desert is a real gem, it is located in Marsabit County, east of the famous Lake Turkana ( the largest desert lake in Kenya) and spreading to the Ethiopian border, the Chalbi Desert is one of the hottest and arid places in Kenya, it covers an area of a 100,000-kilometer square.

While storms are the most conspicuous sighting that will greet you on reaching the desert, the Chalbi Desert is a bleached stretch of coarse sand spiced up with pure rocks and immense clay, there are also ash-gray ridges and broken clusters if tiny huts.

It’s believed that there was a lake in the Chalbi Desert that has dried up a thousand years ago, therefore it was named the Chalbi Desert which means bare and salty.

There are pans of salt in the desert which is picked up by many pastoralists and used as a natural animals saltlick.

The desert is surrounded by volcanic hills, that create a magical panorama with only selected animal and vegetation that can withstand hostile climates in the entire Sub-Saharan regions.

The southern part of the desert is home to the Rendille while the eastern part which is towards the Ethiopian border is home to the Gabbra People

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