kenya Rift Valley lakes
Rift Valley Kenya
kenya Rift Valley lakes
Originally named the ‘Great Rift Valley’ by British Explorer John Walter Gregory, The Great Rift Valley is a continuous geographic stretch extending 6,000 km in length, from the Middle East in Lebanon to Mozambique in Africa. The valley is dominated by sprawling lakes with incredible wildlife, volcanoes, ancient granitic hills, flat desert landscapes and vast area of wilderness which is home to a wide diversity of wildlife.
In this beautiful valley sit some of the most beautiful lakes in the world; we have outlined the best lakes to visit below. However, we can still plan your trip to to other lakes such as Lake Victoria, Lake Magadi and Lake Jipe.
Lake Turkana formerly known as Lake Rudolf is the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake and crosses into Ethiopia in the North.
The climate is hot and very dry, and Lake Turkana is surrounded by volcanic rock and ash, with some volcanoes in the area still active. The rocks of the surrounding area are predominantly volcanic.
Central Island is an active volcano, emitting vapor and made up of three active volcanoes that belch sulfurous smoke a...
Lake Baringo is undoubtedly one of the wildest most enticing lakes in Africa. You will be fascinated by the scenic view and natural beauty that characterizes this lake. Beautiful hills surrounding the lake and the basalt cliff rising stiffly over 70m make the place splendid.
A freshwater lake, after Lake Turkana, the most northern of the Kenyan Rift Valley lakes, with a surface area of 168 square kilometers. The lake is fed by permanent and several seasonal rivers: the Molo, Perkerra and...
Originally named Lake Hannington after Bishop Hannington who camped here in 1885. The lake name was changed to Lake Bogoria at independence. The lake is situated inside Lake Bogoria Game Reserve, 57 km south of Lake Baringo.
The lake is shallow (about 10 m depth), and about 34 km long by 3.5 km wide. Being on a volcanic region, its waters are saline and alkaline. The resultant alkaline water provides ideal habitat for the blue – green algae which is the staple food of lesser flamingos.
Lake Nakuru National Park.
Lake Nakuru National Park covers 188 km2, is home to a number of big cats, and is noted as one of the best places in Kenya to the White Rhino and Rothschild giraffe. Among the predators are lions, cheetahs, and leopards, the latter being seen much more frequently in recent times. Other game includes buffaloes, hyena, and other wildlife.
Lake Nakuru, a shallow lake surrounded by the park contains alkaline waters that draw lots of flamingos, depending on the time of year you visit, the lak...
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake and is at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley lakes at 1,884 metres. The name means ‘rough water’ due to the sudden storms which can suddenly arise here. It covers 139 sq km, and is bordered by privately owned sanctuaries with beautiful grounds which run down to the lakeshore, and are a grazing ground for hippos each night. The lake is famous for the abundant amounts of hippo, and 400 bird species it supports.