County launches eco-lodge on Lake Turkana.
Turkana county governor Josphat Nanok last month commissioned the construction of a 40-bed eco-lodge to boost tourism sector in the county.
BY NACHIPON KATABOI LOKITOE ANG’ABER, TURKANA NORTH
Speaking when he laid the foundation stone of the project in Lokitoe Ang’aber in Turkana North Sub-County, Nanok said the lodge will also create employment to hundreds of youth in the county.
Located near the shores of Lake Turkana, Nanok said the project is part of the county’s measures to boost the tourism sector in the county and also in the entire country.
“In order to open up the county for tourists the county government is putting up two eco lodges one in Turkana North and another in Kainuk in Turkana South,”
The lodge will also offer accommodation for tourists to complement Eliye springs lodge, which has been offering accommodation to tourists at times being overwhelmed. He added that the lodge will also have a conference facility where meetings can be held.
Tourists visiting the area will also enjoy the rare moment to watch birds from the lodge.
The lodge is located at the area where international and domestic tourists gathered to watch the historic eclipse of the moon last year.
County Tourism and Culture Eliye Springs on the western shores of Lake Turkana.
executive committee member Linus Ebenyo said the project will also have a presidential suit.
“The project was commissioned on November and is expected to be completed by March next year,” said
Ebenyo said the community had The lodge will also offer accommodation for tourists to complement Eliye springs lodge, which has been offering accommodation to tourists at times being overwhelmed.
He added that the lodge will also have a conference facility where meetings can be held. donated the 50 acres of land where the lodge is being constructed. He added that the county government will be seeking to work with the private sector to improve services at the eco-lodge.
The county has embarked on an aggressive marketing campaign that seeks to market the county as the cradle of mankind. The campaign seems to have borne fruit with the recent endorsement of the UK High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner
who said the UK government will work with the county to promote
At the same time, Nanok said the county is investing heavily in the infrastructural development to ease movement of goods and services as well as tourists to the various destinations.
He said oil exploration company Tullow Oil, has already injected 140 million Kenyan shillings to the construction of roads in the area.
Nanok said he recently held talks with Infrastructure cabinet secretary Michael Kamau to help develop the roads that fall under the national government docket.
Tourist wishing to visit the lodge can access it through an airstrip at Kalokol about 30 Kilometers from the lodge. Commercial flights from Nairobi and Eldoret also land at Lodwar airstrip where tourist can hire vehicles to the Lodge.