South Island National Park is located within the shores of Lake Turkana under the administration and protection of the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Lake Turkana is the largest permanent desert lake in the world and the waters in this lake are blue-green in color and the aerial views of this lake are stunning.
South Island National Park is covered end to end in volcanic ash. Its luminous vents produce a glow at night offering stunning views. The vegetation here is scanty.
South Island National Park Attractions
Why is this national park popular? Here is why.
- It has many bird species including the European migrants
- Migration of the European migrants between the
monthsof March and May
- Huge Nile crocodile population thus producing the
- Largest crocodile nursery together with the other Lake Turkana National Parks
- Venomous reptiles and prehistoric fish
South Island National Park Animals/Wildlife
The park has abundant wildlife which includes; the Hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, Bat, and many species of bird.
Birdlife here is abundant-over 84 species of bird. There are at least 34 species of European migrants which are well seen as they migrate back to Europe between the months of March and May.
23 of these species breed here at Lake Turkana and include; the Goliath Heron, African Skimmer, Duck, Gull, Stork, Lesser Flamingo.
Birds of prey are also many here e.g. the Swallow-tailed Kite
Lake Turkana has the world largest Nile crocodile population and breeds on the shores between the months of April and May, therefore, creating the world’s largest crocodile nursery. They spend their first months on the edge of the waters.
South Island National Park also has venomous reptiles such as the saw-scaled viper, night and puff adder, and cobra.
Things to do this National Park
You can indulge in a number of activities here which include;
- Game viewing
- Bird watching
- Boat riding
- Nature walks
- Archaeological safaris
The Island is arid and hence is scorching hot especially between December and March. June and July are the coolest months while May to September has very strong winds.
Average annual rainfall is below 250 mm and it may take years to rain in some places
When to Visit
Most preferable time is between March and March during crocodile bleeding and birds migration back to Europe. Otherwise, you can visit all year round given the climatic conditions of this area.
South Island National Park Travel Tips
Here are a list of things to carry or wear
- Insect repellent especially for mosquitoes
- Camping equipment if you are camping
- Picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
- Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun.
How to get there
By Road-It takes three days to get to Lake Turkana from Nairobi through Marsabit and North Horr or Maralal and South Horr. It is 800 KM from Nairobi.
You can also use Nairobi to Kalokol route via Kitale and Lodwar
The park has three gates; Karsa gate (Main gate), Alia bay and Koobi Fora
By Air-You can also use air from Nairobi to get to Lake Turkana-there are 2 airstrips
Other airstrips are found in Marsabit, Loiyangalani, Kalokol, North Horr, and Lodwar (Commercial Airstrip).
South Island National Park Entrance Fees
Park charges are as follows;
Citizens (KES): Adult 350, Child 200
Residents (KES): Adult 600 Child 350
Non-residents (USD): Adult 25 Child 15
You can reach Kenya Wildlife Service through
Telephone: +254 (54) 21223
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Warden Email: email@example.com
South Island National Park Hotels and Lodges
Hotels and lodges near this National Park include;
- Sanfields Lodwar Camp
- Eliye Springs Resort
- Proland Inn Ltd
- Desert Rose Kenya
- Palm Shade Resort
- Malobo Resort