Stretching 6,000 kilometres from the Red Sea to Mozambique. Avian enthusiasts are enthralled by the millions of Flamingoes in Lake Nakuru & Lake Bogoria in Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes which also boast a huge diversity of other aquatic species. Bird species in the country tally more than 1,400 species & over 400 in Lake Nakuru itself, compared with Britain’s 470 species.
The lakes of Kenya’s Rift Valley are often described as vast puddles as some can extend for 40 km yet on average are no more than 1 metre deep. Drained solely by evaporation the waters of these lakes are mineral rich and thus a hot bed for Flamingoes who feed on algae and bacteria.
Lake Nakuru is an important refuge for both Black & White Rhino. It is also home to the largest population of Rothschild Giraffe; a race of Giraffe with origins in Western Kenya & Uganda. In a scenic depression of the Rift Valley floor lies Lake Bogoria; A soda lake fed by explosive hot water springs which can often play host to more than a million flamingoes. The park is surrounded by dramatic semi arid landscapes and is a hour and a half descending drive from 6,000 feet above sea level to 3,000 feet from Gogar Farm where I prefer to make base when visiting the Rift Valley & surrounds.