Central island national park is also known as Crocodile Island, is a volcanic island located in the middle of Lake Turkana in Kenya is the most saline great lake in Africa the three main lakes on the central island are the crocodile lake, tilapia lake and the flamingo lake. Central island national park covers an area of about 5 kilometres squared which is relatively small but provides unforgettable tourist experience in Africa. The active volcanoes pass out Sulphur smell often times the lakes are endowed with Nile crocodiles making the island the largest place for concertation of crocodiles, the island has got very beautiful sceneries of the magnificent lake and scant island vegetation. The park provides archaeological and paleontological sites; the island is one of the world’s pristine nature places not tempered with its nature.
Attractions of Central Island national park.
Survivors of an epoch long before mankind, Lake Turkana’s estimated 12,000 crocodiles have not changed in 130 million years. Despite their monstrous size and formidable appearance, they are generally inoffensive creatures living in perfect harmony with their environment a feeding on the lakes prolific fish.
The world’s largest crocodile nursery.
Crocodile 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 a home to some of the world’s most venomous reptiles, including saw- scale 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.
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.
Central island national park offers the abundant of animal species apart from crocodiles, during your visit in the park, you can be able to view hippos, topis, Grevy Zebra, Oryx’s, tough the giraffesthe crocodile population in the park.
Activities done in Central island national park.
Despite being small central island national park offers visitors opportunities to view wildlife such as crocodiles, hippos, topis, Grevy zebra, grant gazelles’, Oryx’s, giraffes the crocodile population is very high in that you must move with armed guide.
The the park offers with over 350 species of which over 84 are the water birds, others are the migratory while some residential of which they include the grey heron, Goliath heron, African skimmers, Egyptian geese, great egrets, less egrets, sacred ibis, osprey and among others.
The nature guided walks at thrilling while you hike to the island highest elevation and have striking views of the magnificent lakes and scenery, tourists hiking to the top of the flamingo crater will come across many interesting sites on the way and most importantly breath taking views of the whole park, and the case the butterflies, dragonflies and insects are also to be expected.
Here also the tourists can enjoy boat rides from one of the lakes or start for Kalokol gate this offers a reward of viewing aquatic animals and water birds. Launch can also be packed.
This is the most stunning and amazing activity done in the park where you expose to the nature in the park and also to have an incredible views of the lakes as the moon shines on steaming craters.
Tourists can engange in this recreational activity with the help of an experienced fishing guide the lake has got over 60 species of fish recorded.
Best time to visit central island national park.
The best time to visit the park is in the months of June and July when the temperatures are moderately cooler, from December to March it is scorching hot and extremely arid, visitors are advised to carry plenty of drinking water and snacks.
Where to stay in central island national park.
In Central Island national park there is only a camp which is called Central Island campsite, the other accommodation sector is on the mainland, another nearby accommodation unit is Eliya Springs resort.
Entrance Park fees of Central Island National Park.
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How to get to Central Island National Park.
Central Island national park can be accessed by both air and road means of transport.
By Air Transport.
You can first access to Lake Turkana is usually by air and there are two all – weather airstrips, also in Loiyangalani.
By Road transport.
The Lake is a three- day drive from Nairobi through Marasabit and North Horr, or Maralal and South Horr. Alternatively travel by road from Nairobi to Kalokol on the lakes’s western shores, through Kitale and Lodwar. From Kalokol boat hire services are available to central island. The 540 km road from Nairobi to Lake Turkana can be accessible by 4×4 safari vehicle can take 7 to 8 hours but it’s advisable to take this trip in two days.