One of the high points of the TBI Field School is the trip to Central Island. We visited the island at the end of the ecology module just over a week ago.
Central Island is a unique and stunning volcanic island in the very middle of Lake Turkana. Rising out of the blue-green waters, it is a strange and wonderful place that surely counts as one of the most remote places in East Africa. Within the island are three lakes, that are in themselves islands as they are separated from each other and the main lake by the volcanic craters.
We took a boat ride from Ferguson’s Gulf to get to the island:
We visited the Flamingo Crater first. A short steep climb to the crater’s rim gave us spectacular views over the lake with it’s pink confetti dusting of lesser flamingoes:
Flocks of flamingoes kept arriving – many of them have flown hundreds of kilometers to get to the island:
From the Flamingo Crater we went around to the ‘Crocodile Lake’ where we hiked along the rim and looked out over the stunning views.
For more information on the ecology and natural history of Central Island, here is a link to an article:
More from the field soon!