Off The Beaten Track: Embark on an Unforgettable Journey to Central Island National Park

Discover the captivating allure of Central Island National Park, an oasis nestled in the heart of Lake Turkana. This extraordinary destination, spanning 5 square kilometers, is a testament to the wonders of nature. Enveloped by the serene waters of the lake, the park boasts an active volcano that occasionally releases wisps of sulfurous steam and smoke, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Established as a sanctuary in 1983, Central Island National Park stands as a guardian of the Nile crocodile’s breeding grounds. Within its boundaries lie three enchanting lakes: Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake, and Tilapia Lake, each a thriving ecosystem of its own.

Venture into the south-eastern corner and encounter the El-Molo tribe, a resilient community that once numbered a mere 80 individuals, earning the title of Africa’s smallest tribe. The tribe, once dubbed “the race that time had forgotten” by John Hillaby in 1964, has flourished to over 500 members. Their diet, rich in protein from fish, crocodile, hippo, terrapin, and birds, sustains their vibrant culture.

Steeped in geological marvels, Central Island National Park beckons adventurers to explore its breathtaking landscape. Rising to heights of 240 meters (800 feet), this island paradise is the result of three majestic, still-steaming volcanoes. A delicate ecosystem thrives amidst indigenous bushes and wild fruits, forming a crucial link in the migratory journey of bird species traveling from Europe to Southern Africa.

Central Island’s three tranquil internal lakes have nurtured Turkana’s population of Nile crocodiles for ages, boasting the world’s largest concentration. These ancient creatures, existing harmoniously with their environment, feast on the abundant fish that sustain their population of around 12,000. Some of these remarkable specimens reach lengths of up to five meters (20 feet), their form remaining virtually unchanged for an astounding 130 million years. Witness the miracle of life during the hatching season in April and May, as baby crocodiles emerge from their sandy nests, guided by their parents to the water’s edge.

At the heart of Lake Turkana, Central Island reigns supreme as a grand landmark, surpassing even the distant North Island by a wide margin. Isolated and intriguing, this rocky haven is home to the delicate dance of snakes, who journeyed from the Omo delta on floating papyrus islands. Venture further to explore the historical significance of Lokitaung, a place that resonates with the spirit of Kenya’s past, where Jomo Kenyatta and his comrades endured seven years of labor.

Your voyage to Central Island National Park promises an immersive encounter with nature’s most remarkable spectacles. Traverse ancient landscapes, witness the symphony of life, and create lasting memories in a place where time stands still. Book your sustainable safari package today and embark on a journey that will forever echo in your heart.

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