Lake Bogoria National Reserve & Lake Baringo

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Part of the Kenya Lakes System UNESCO World Heritage and a Ramsar Site, Lake Bogoria Nationa Reserve is a hypersaline lake located in the rift floor and approximately 41Km2 in size. The longest axis of the lake is 34 km and widest portion is 4 km while the average depth is 10m.

The lake water is recharged by hot springs, geysers, rainfall and rivers. There are about 200 hot springs along and within the lake bed, with temperatures ranging from 39 to 98 degrees C. Over 370 bird species both resident and migratory have been recorded.

These include local, afrotropical and palaearctic migrants with the latter on passage during October-March of every year. In addition, it hosts over 1.5million individuals of Lesser and Greater Flamingos at its peak time.

This represents a significant global population of these species – a spectacle that has earned it as designation as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.

It is a stronghold for the Greater Kudu in the Rift Valley. Other mammal species include Klipspringer, Buffalo, Zebra, Impala, and Leopard. The lake has diverse microflora and fauna including extremophiles of industrial importance and Spirulina sp, which is food for the Lesser flamingos.

Geological attractions around lake include cliffs escarpments, viewpoints, erosion features, anthills and trona. It is the home of Endorois community who have associated themselves with the lake through various cultural practices.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve Facts:

Lake Bogoria is a saline alkaline lake located in the Rift Valley region of Kenya, approximately 260 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. It is part of the Lake Bogoria National Reserve, which is known for its stunning landscapes, hot springs, geysers, and flamingos. Here’s some information about Lake Bogoria:

  1. Scenic Beauty: Lake Bogoria is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, including rocky cliffs, hot springs, and geothermal features. The lake itself has a pinkish hue due to the presence of algae and is often dotted with flamingos, creating a stunning sight.
  2. Hot Springs and Geysers: Lake Bogoria is famous for its geothermal activity. Along the shores of the lake, you can find numerous hot springs and geysers, which emit steam and boiling water. The most popular is the “Devil’s Kitchen,” where you can witness the boiling water erupting from the ground.
  3. Birdlife: Lake Bogoria is home to a rich variety of birdlife. It is particularly known for its large population of flamingos, which gather in huge flocks along the lake’s shores. Other bird species found in the area include pelicans, herons, cormorants, and various migratory birds.
  4. Wildlife: While Lake Bogoria is not as renowned for its big game as some other national parks in Kenya, it is still home to several wildlife species. You may encounter greater kudu, Grant’s gazelle, warthogs, zebras, and occasionally even the rare Rothschild’s giraffe.
  5. Hot Springs Spa: The Lake Bogoria Spa Resort, located near the lake, offers a unique experience of enjoying natural hot springs. Visitors can indulge in hot mineral baths, therapeutic mud treatments, and relaxing spa treatments.
  6. Hiking and Nature Walks: Lake Bogoria National Reserve offers opportunities for hiking and nature walks. You can explore the diverse ecosystems, enjoy the scenic views, and spot wildlife and birdlife along the trails.
  7. Cultural Interactions: The Lake Bogoria area is also inhabited by the Ilchamus community, who are known for their traditional herding and farming practices. Visitors can learn about their culture, interact with the locals, and gain insights into their way of life.

When visiting Lake Bogoria, it’s advisable to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent. It’s also recommended to hire a local guide or join a guided tour to make the most of your visit and ensure your safety.

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