The Great Rift Valley Lakes 

The Great Rift Valley Lakes

The Great Rift Valley in Kenya, a natural property of outstanding beauty, 

 Different lakes in Kenya poses different appeals. There are lakes that are bird watchers paradises, lakes that are home to spectacular scenes of hot springs and geysers, lakes with islands, lakes Kenya shares with other countries and lakes that have some of the most interesting stories of how they came to exist. The bottom line is that natural beauty on these lakes is superb. 

There are also literally dozens of interesting and fun things you could do around the lakes. The Kenya Lake System is composed of three alkaline lakes and their surrounding territories: Lake Bogoria, 10,700 ha; Lake Nakuru, 18,800 ha; and Lake Elementaita, 2,534 ha. These lakes are found on the floor of the Great Rift Valley where major tectonic and/or volcanic events have shaped a distinctive landscape. Some of the world’s greatest diversities and concentrations of bird species are recorded within these relatively small lake systems. 

For most of the year, up to 4 million Lesser Flamingos move between the three shallow lakes in an outstanding wildlife spectacle. Surrounded by hot springs, geysers and the steep escarpment of the Rift Valley with its volcanic outcrops, the natural setting of the lakes provides an exceptional experience of nature.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives

Lake Naivasha

The lake and its surroundings are rich in natural bounty, and the fertile soils and water supply have made this one of Kenya’s prime agricultural regions. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree.


Lake Elementaita

Located between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru, this is a birds paradise and famous for bird watching, hiking, boat rides, picnics.


Lake Baringo

A fresh water lake, with plenty of fish, hippos,crocodiles.Boat trips are the best way of exploring this area.


Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is a saline, alkaline lake and very famous for its natural geysers some of which erupt upto a height of 5 metres, and the water bursting through the lake can be searing hot.

Other Great Rift Valley Lakes



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