The Rift Valley lakes are a group of lakes in the East African Rift that runs north-south through the eastern side of the African continent, from Ethiopia in the north to Malawi in the south. These lakes include some of the oldest, largest, and deepest lakes in the world. Many are freshwater ecoregions of great biodiversity, while others are alkaline “soda lakes” supporting highly specialised organisms.
Lake Turkana national Park & Sibiloi National Park
The world’s largest concentration of crocodiles, nearly ten thousand of these man-eating beasts are found in Lake Turkana alone. Known also as the Jade Sea, because of the jade colour of its waters, Lake Turkana has gained world fame as the “Cradle of Mankind”. Here on a stark and windswept island inhabited by birds and snakes and crocodiles and giant fish in the semi alkaline waters of its lake, lie the Sibiloi National Park, created to preserve the many archeological treasures that have been dug in this place. Here at Koobi Fora archeologists have found fossil remains of prehistoric elephants and the petrified remains of large forests which once stood in this now desolate place, and the footprints of Homo Erectus, the closest ancestor of Man which confirms Kenya’s claim that this place is the true origin of man. To reach Turkana you have to travel for miles on end on very harsh terrain, itself an unparalleled adventure not recommended for the fainthearted
Lake Nakuru National Park
On a good day you can easily find one million flamingoes on the shores of Lake Nakuru. Undoubtedly one of the best run parks in Kenya, Lake Nakuru is home to Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino which can all be easily sighted within a space of one or two hours making a visit to this park one of the most rewarding. Day trips or overnight stays are equally popular with visitors. There are excellent lodges in the park.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve & Lake Baringo
At Lake Bogoria, the power that was behind the formation of the Rift Valley is most evident, with steam jets and boiling geysers burbling at regular intervals and giving evidence of the strong volcanic activity that is still taking place under the surface of the earth. Inhabited by beautiful pink flamingoes swimming in the warm waters as well as hundreds of bird species, Lake Bogoria is a peaceful place to feel at one with nature. On the shores live plenty of zebras, gazelles, dik dik and the rare Greater Kudu .
Further north just twenty minutes from Lake Bogoria is another of the Rift Valley lakes- Lake Baringo. A major tourist destination, visitors to Lake Baringo enjoy many relaxing activities including boat trips, windsurfing and water- skiing. Island Camp on Lake Baringo is an ornithologists paradise. In the backdrop are the Kamasia Hills- a block of ancient rock left standing when the rest of the Rift Valley sank.
Great Lakes Safaris
RDL/SFR/B3: NAIROBI/LAKE BARINGO-LAKE BOGORIA/NAIROBI
RDL/SFR/B1: NAIROBI/LAKE NAKURU EXPRESS: 1 day
RDL/SFR/B2: NAIROBI/LAKE NAKURU/LAKE BARINGO/NAIROBI: 2 days/1 night
RDL/SFR/B4: NAIROBI/MAASAI MARA/NAIROBI: 3 days/2 nights
RDL/SFR/B5: NAIROBI/LAKE NAIVASHA/MAASAI MARA/NAIROBI: 4 days/3 nights
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