Emerging starkly from the blue-green waters of the largest permanent desert lake in the world, Lake Turkana, the Central Island is made up of three active volcanoes that belch sulphurous smoke and steam. Three crater lakes, Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake and Tilapia Lake, provide breeding grounds for the world’s largest concentration of Nile crocodiles. Central Island has a campsite where visitors can enjoy the beautifully haunting sight of the lake’s luminous waters wash up onto a black lava beach while the moon rises over the menacingly smoking craters.
What to take with you
All supplies: especially fuel (the last fuel stations are in Marsabit or Maralal), food and water.
Also useful are: camping equipment, breakdown equipment and medical kit as well as camera, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and guidebooks.
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 per annum and in some places it may not rain for several years.