Area:Chalbi Desert, Northern Frontier District (NFD), Marsabit District
Kalacha Dida is Gabbra meaning 'open space'. Kalacha is situated on the edge of an oasis in the Chalbi Desert, between Maikona and North Horr, and 40 miles south of the Ethiopian border, and east of Lake Turkana. The village of Kalacha stands at the norther end of the desert, with a settlement of about 12,000 people. The oasis is surrounded by doum palm and the nomadic Gabbra bring their camels and small stock in to water.
It is only by flying low over this vast and arid wilderness can one truly appreciate the scale of it's beauty and solitude of the approx. 100,00sq km sandy desert.
Long ago this area was in fact part of the lake and during periods of unusal precipitation large areas still fill to form very broad and shallow areas of standing water.