Explore Lakes of the Great Rift Valley

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The Great Rift Valley is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which stretches from the Middle East in the north to Madagascar in the south. The East African Rift Valley is the most famous rift valley in the world. It runs through the whole Eastern side of the African continent, including some of the oldest, largest and deepest lakes in the world passing through Ethiopia, Kenya Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.

Lakes of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley

There are a number of lakes of the Great Rift Valley where major tectonic and/or volcanic events have shaped a distinctive landscape. They include Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita, Lake Nakuru, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Logipi, Lake Turkana, Lake Magadi and Lake Victoria. Most of these lakes are surrounded by national parks or game reserves, which provide opportunities to see quite a number of wildlife and a variety of birds.

Popular Lakes in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley

Lake Naivasha

An armada of coots, black in the fading light, moves along Lake Naivasha in front of us

Lake Naivasha is one of the lakes of Great Rift Valley, a nice spot for an out of town weekend getaway. The Lake is in close proximity to Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Elementaita, Crescent Island and Mount Longonot. Exploring the lake gives you an opportunity to see hippos and flamingos among other wildlife and bird species.

Where to Stay: Choose to camp right on the shores of the Lake Naivasha or book luxury hotels in Naivasha or for backpackers book cheap hotels in Naivasha Such as Lake Naivasha Country Club, Naivasha Kongoni Lodge and Enashipai Resort and Spa.

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is another lake of the Great Rift Valley located in Nakuru County. It is a wildlife haven which has earned its reputation from flamingos that colour the lake pink. The lake is within Lake Nakuru National Park which offers excellent game viewing. Lake Nakuru is in close proximity to various points of interests such as Menengai Crater, Hyrax Hill and Lake Elementaita.

Where to stay: You can book cheap hotels in Nakuru, luxury lodges in Nakuru or camps such as Lake Nakuru Lodge and Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Lake Bogoria

lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is an alkaline lake located about 70 km north of Nakuru Town. Lake Bogoria, like other lakes on the floor of the Great Rift Valley serves as home to a very large population of flamingos. The lake is famous for its numerous hot springs and geysers. Lake Bogoria is within Lake Bogoria National Reserve, which is home to over 135 species of birds and a variety of wildlife. Other points of interest are Lake Baringo and Kesubo Swamp.

Where to Stay: There are numerous resorts and lodges in Lake Baringo near Lake Bogoria that offer excellent hospitality service. They include Camp Baringo and Island Camp Resort.

Lake Turkana


Lake Turkana formally known as Lake Rudolf is also found on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The lake is the largest desert lake in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located within the Turkana National Parks which constitutes Sibiloi National Park, and the two islands that are Central Island and Southern Island. Lake Turkana is home to hundreds of species of birds endemic to Kenya. Other interesting sites near Lake Turkana include Sibiloi National Park, Ndoto Mountains and Samburu National Park where you can go for exiting game drives.

Where to Stay: The area is served by a more up market canvas tents and camps in Lake Turkana such as Rose Camp and Eliye Springs Resort.


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