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SOUTH ISLAND NATIONAL PARK |”The Isle of Mystery”

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SOUTH ISLAND NATIONAL PARK |”The Isle of Mystery”

Covered cease to cease in volcanic ash, the nightly glow of its South Island’s luminous vents has stimulated numerous stories of ghosts and evil spirits.

The island is domestic to a profusion of birdlife consisting of 34 species of European migrants most spectacularly considered as they return domestic between March and May.

At least 23 species breed here, together with Goliath heron, and African skimmer, whilst African open-billed stork, Duck and Gulls feed on the shores and the volcanic island lakes appeal to lesser flamingos.

Birds of prey are additionally abundant, specially swallow-tailed kites. This park is best for recreation staring at and has one of the world’s greatest concentrations of crocodiles.

Key features
Climate
Scorching hot and arid (especially December-March) June and July are the coolest months. May-September very strong winds blow both morning and evening. Rainfall less than 250 mm pa and in some places it may not rain for several years.

Vegetation
The vegetation is scant, but some of the sheltered areas are overgrown with think grass and bushes for a short period each year.

Wildlife
The islands are home to hippo, bats and the world’s largest Nile crocodile population.

Birds
More than 350 recorded species including large flocks of flamingos.

Fish
There are 60 recorded species of fish in the lake.

SOUTH ISLAND NATIONAL PARK |”The Isle of Mystery”

Park Size
39 sq. km

Climate
Scorching hot and arid (especially December-March) June and July are the coolest months. May-September very strong winds blow both morning and evening. Rainfall less than 250 mm pa and in some places it may not rain for several years.

Altitude
355 meters a.s.l.

When to go
All year round

Park activities

Game Viewing

How to get there
• By Air: Access to Lake Turkana is usually by air and there are two all-weather airstrips. Also in Loiyangalani


• By road: The Lake is a three day drive from Nairobi via Marsabit and North Horr, or Maralal and South Horr.

Alternatively travel by road from Nairobi to Kalokol on the lake’s western shores, via Kitale and Lodwar. From Kalokol boat hire services are available to Central Island.
Attractions

Crocodile Kingdom

Survivors of an epoch long before mankind, Lake Turkana’s estimated 12,000 crocodiles have not changed in 130 million years.

SOUTH ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Despite their monstrous size and formidable appearance they are generally inoffensive creatures living in perfect harmony with their environment and feeding on the lake’s prolific fish.

The world’s largest crocodile nursery

Crocodiles breed on the shores of the island’s crater lakes between April and May. The baby crocodiles can be heard squeaking in their eggs, which are buried deep beneath the sand to escape the predatory attentions of monitor lizards and raptors.

Their cries bring their parents scurrying to dig them out and carry them down to the water’s edge, where they spend their first months.

Venomous reptiles and prehistoric fish

Turkana is home to some of the world’s most venomous reptiles, including saw-scaled viper, night and puff adder and cobra.

There are also many species of fish including huge Nile perch and large tilapia. Puffer fish, a group normally found in seawater, indicate Turkana’s prehistoric connection to the Red Sea.

Abundant birdlife

The islands are home to a profusion of birdlife (over 84 water bird species), including 34 species of European migrants most spectacularly viewed as they return home between March and May.

At least 23 species breed here, including Goliath heron, and African skimmer, while African open-billed stork, Duck and Gulls feed on the shores and the volcanic island lakes attract lesser flamingos. Birds of prey are also abundant, especially swallow-tailed kites.

SOUTH ISLAND NATIONAL PARK |”The Isle of Mystery”

Accomodation

Campsites

South Island Campsite

Privately Owned Campsites & Lodges

Oasis Lodge

Malabo Resort

Lobolo Tented Camp

National Museums of Kenya, Koobi Fora

Sunset Strip Camp

Palm Shade Camp

Game Trackers Campsite

Park Entry Fee

South Island National ParkCitizenResidentNon-Resident
Adults KSHChild KSHAdults KSHChild KSHAdults USDChild USD
3002153002152515

* Kindly refer to the KWS Conservation Fees  document below for other services and charges

* Modes of Payment; MPESA, VISA Card, Direct Deposits to KWS Bank Accounts at any gate 

Park Resources

 KWS Conservation Fees July 2022 to December 2023.pdf

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