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Sibiloi National park is one of Kenya’s greatest treasures and for the world at large, as “The Cradle of Mankind” It is here that proof to man’s origins were found.
It was established by the Kenya National Museums to protect the unique prehistoric and archaeological sites. In this remote area near Kenya’s border with Ethiopia, some of the earliest hominid traces were found. Koobi Fora finds are considered some of the most important palaeontological discoveries of the 20th Century.
In the 1960s and 1970s more than 160 fossil remains of early man including Homo.
Habilis and Homo Erectus were discovered, putting man’s origins back three million years. More than 4,000 fossil specimens of mammal and stone age artefacts have been discovered here. The locations of the most important finds can be visited.
Four particular treasures are the shell of a giant tortoise dating back three million years, a set of jaws over 5ft. long from a crocodile believed to have been over 45ft. in length and the extinct Behemoth, forebearer of the elephant with massive tusks, both dating back 1.5 million years and the hominid (early man).
The Crater lakes in the Central Island National Park offers an excellent Kenya safaris opportunity for viewing and photography. The Central Island is an important breeding ground for crocodiles. There is prolific shoreline game including hippos, plains and Grevy’s zebra, topi, oryx, reticulated giraffe, greater kudu and Grants gazelle.
South Island National Park is easier to reach and offers exciting views of giant crocodiles and age-old traditional lifestyles. There is an airstrip, but boat trips are available from the western shore. There are three campsites in the Alia Bay region.