Rift Valley Lakes


Lake Bogoria

The long, slender soda lake lies at the foot of the towering Laikipia Escarpment. Towards the southern end of the lake are a series of geysers, boiling pools and hot springs. The 107sq km national park also protects one of Kenya's remaining herds of greater kudu. The lake also boasts flamingoes and pelicans, but the region is best known for the physical beauty of the setting.

 

Lake Baringo

 

Traveling further north, one finds Lake Baringo, a freshwater lake that is home to a host of bird life. This is the most northerly in the chain of Rift Valley lakes and is a spectacular center for bird-watching. The Lake Baringo Club offers a variety of services including wildlife walks guided by an ornithologist, boat rides, camel rides, and local trips to the local Njemps tribal village and a local snake park.

 

Lake Naivasha

As a freshwater lake, Naivasha is used to irrigate the surrounding countryside. Its cool climate and fertile soil attracts Nairobi residents seeking refuge from city life.  Farms, vegetable gardens, and vineyards contribute to this weekend retreat atmosphere. Over 400 species of birds have been reported at Lake Naivasha alone, making it a Mecca for bird lovers and researchers. Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, lived on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Her home, Elsamere, is now a wildlife education and conservation center.

 

Hells Gate

Also nearby is Hell's Gate National Park, one of only two parks in Kenya where you are allowed to explore of foot. The Njorowa Gorge was once the outlet from Lake Naivasha. Today the passageway is dried up leaving sheer, red crumbling cliffs through which you walk unguided. The loop between the two main gates is 22km long, but there is a 6km nature trail from the Interpretation Center. Another attraction in the Lake Naivasha region is the privately owned Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. Situated on part of the former estate of Lady Diana Delamere, the scenery around the lake located in a volcanic crater is splendid. This is also the home of the ox-wagon safaris.

 

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru National Park is world famous for its population of greater and lesser flamingo which at times number over a million. The park covers 200 sq kilometers offering a cross section of woodlands, wetlands, rocky cliffs and the acacia scrub. The lake itself is a shallow alkaline lake, supporting several species of fish. It’s more that 400 species of birds have made it an ornithologists paradise. There is plenty of game and buffalos, leopards, lions giraffe are easily seen, besides impala, dik dik and also the black and white rhino.