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North Kenya / Rift Valley

[ Lake Baringo - Lake Bogoria - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha/Lake Elementaita - Mount Longonot - Mount Suswa - Hells Gate - Lake Magadi ]

The Great Rift Valley is a large trough that runs through Kenya from North to South. Different lakes are located along this long, endorheic valley - from the largest lake, Lake Turkana in the North to Lake Magadi in the South.

 BaringoLake Baringo

Lake Baringo National Park is located about 150 km from Nakuru in a harsh and semi-arid area in Kenya's Rift Valley. Unlike the salty Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo is a fresh water lake, fed by several streams in the surrounding environments.

bogoriaLake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria’s scenery is spectacular. Many geysers and hot springs make up its particular fascination. Flamingos do like the lake due to the high alkali content and the resulting algal growth. At times, hundreds of thousands of flamingos make their home here.

nakuruLake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru National Park is located around Lake Nakuru, at a distance of 160 km from Nairobi. The national park is famous for its ten thousands of flamingos, which can be found around the lake. About 450 different bird species, 90 species of waterfowl and 50 species of mammals including lions and the white rhino can be found in the Lake Nakuru National Park. The rhinos, which are brought from all parts of Kenya, enjoy a special protection at Lake Nakuru; they are tracked and protected by rangers around the clock. At the Southwestern edge of the park, visitors have a fantastic and unique view over the entire park from the Baboon Cliffs (Pavia rocks).

naivashaLake Naivasha/Lake Elementaita

The Lake Naivasha is home to a huge number of birds. About 300 bird species have been counted, for example Ibis, Fish eagle, Goliath herons, Marabou storks, pelicans and cormorants. Around the lake giraffes, antelopes, hippos, wildebeest and zebras can be observed. Lake Elementaita is located in the vicinity of Lake Naivasha and home of numerous flamingos and pelicans. The peculiar name of the lake is derived from the Masai word “muteita”, which means, "dust room". It is dusty in the dry area north of Nakuru, especially between January and March. Nevertheless, with very high salt content it’s a paradise for water birds.

longonotMount Longonot

Mount Longonot, as part of the "Mount Longonot National Park". It is protected by the Kenya Wildlife Service and is located about 90 km from Nairobi. Its formation was most likely caused by massive eruptions that formed the "Great Rift Valley". A path leads from the park entrance up to the crater rim and further around the crater. A forest covers the crater’s grounds and small steam clouds rise out of the crater walls. The mountain provides a home for many wild animals, especially zebras, buffalos, giraffes and leopards.

SuswaMount Suswa

This massive volcanic double crater is located to the South of Mt. Longonot. At a first glance it looks rather unimpressive. However, Mt Suswa is one of the most spectacular mountains of the Rift Valley, as it includes a 12 km diameter double-crater-system with a large network of obsidian caves and a variety of wild animals and plants.

hellsgateHells Gate National park

Hells Gate National Park is the smallest national park in Kenya with a surface of only 69 square kilometres. But nevertheless it is home to a rich and diverse flora and fauna. The landscape consists of green canyons and rugged cliffs, which are caused by the volcanic activities of Mt. Longonot. The Hells Gate National Park is one of the few parks in Kenya that can be explored by bicycle or on foot.

magadiLake Magadi

Its name is derived from the Masai word for salty. Despite its size of 100 square kilometres the lake is only about half a meter deep and it is fed by hot springs. Its alkaline salt water contains the mineral trona, which is mined and processed into salt and soda ash. Flamingos, pelicans and other seabirds found a home here.

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