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The Isle of Mystery

Located in Southern L. Turkana, South island National Park is a breeding ground for Nile crocodile and a range of venomous carpet snakes. It is also a UNESCO, Man and the Biosphere (MAB) reserve and Kenya’s Important Bird Areas (IBA) as defined by Birdlife International as it is a key stopover for 34 species of Palaearctic migrant water birds.

Also characterized by unique geo-morphological features such as extinct volcanic ash overflows, sandy beaches, rocky outcrops islets and unidentified fossil deposits on sedimentary formations. The caldera – a rocky islet 20KM to the North of South Island is an important water fowl breeding site for the Great Cormorant, Reed Cormorant, Redheaded Gull.

Attractions & Activities

South Island is a haven for water bird species and serves as a stopover for 6 rare migrants viewed between March-May. At least 23 bird species breed locally and include Goliath heron, African skimmer, white open African billed stork, duck and congregatory birds such as lesser flamingo.

The lake is a major breeding ground for the Nile crocodile most prevalent in the numerous surrounding sandy beaches, a variety of reptile species including endemic lizards, 19 species of fish of which 12 are endemic.

The park is surrounded by the Turkana, Samburu and the El molo communities of rich traditional cultures. The Loiyangalani desert museum located 2KM from South Island on top of a hill bears a backdrop of the picturesque Lake Turkana with a display of rich cultural splendor of the eight communities living around Lake Turkana.

Lake Turkana Cultural Festival is also a great attraction. This is an annual festival held to celebrate the diverse and rich cultural splendor of the communities living in the area. These include; El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dasanach, Gabra, Borana, Waata and Burji.

Visitors can enjoy game viewing, camping, walking safaris, picnicking and boat safaris.

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Stay in the Wild. Explore. Create memories

The Park has no self-catering accommodation options but visitors looking to experience an overnight stay have the option of camping.

• Special Campsite

For this category, only camping grounds are provided. The visitor has to reserve the special campsite well in advance for exclusive use. Visitors have to bring with them a source of fire and kitchen utensils.

*Reservation of special campsites is done through the park warden or through KWS headquarters reservations desk;
*Prevailing camping rates apply per person per day for both special and public campsites including other park charges.

What to take with you
Whether camping or just visiting for a day trip, visitors are advised to carry with them the following; personal effects, drinking water, food, camping equipment if the visitor intends to stay overnight.

Also important are; Camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, first aid kit, sunglasses, appropriate hiking gear and reserve car fuel if intending to be in the park longer.

Special Services

Security/Guided tour per guide
• KES 1,720 – up to 4 hours
• KES 3,015 – Over 4 hours

Lake Boating per Person Per Hour:
• KES 1,290

Vehicle Charges per day
• Less than 6 seats – KES 300
• 6-12 seats - KES 1,030
• 13-24 seats - KES 2,585
• 25-44 seats - KES 4,050
• 45 seats and above - KES 5,000

How to get there

By Road: The park is a one day 600 KM drive from Nairobi via Isiolo – Laisamis and or Marsabit town and South Horr.
The roads connecting to the park with the major town have both tarmac and murram; Nairobi – Laisamis – L. Turkana wind power project site and murrum sections to Loiyangalani towns. High clearance 4WD vehicles are essential all year round and travelling in convoy is recommended.

By Air: There are 2 all-weather airstrips; one in the park and the other in Loiyangalani town. Other airstrips are found in Laisamis, Marsabit and North Horr towns.

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