Bogoria has been described in the past as the “jewel of
the Rift Valley” and by the words of Bishop Hannington
at his first sight as “the most beautiful view in
Africa.” With the backdrop of the eastern wall of the
Great Rift Valley, it is a stunning beauty that has
always enchanted its visitors. The contrast in colours
from the grasslands into the Lake and the sky above can
only describe the place as “nature’s studio.” Quote from
anonymous traveller – London Evening Post 1990. Lake
Bogoria is 10 km north of the Equator and about 285 kms
north of Nairobi.
It sits on the floor of the Eastern wall of the Great
Rift Valley at an altitude of 1000 m above sea level
from which the escarpment forms one of Kenya’s most
picturesque backdrops. It has a closed drainage system
meaning that the water is alkaline in nature and
supports only microscopic algae with no fish. In 2000,
Lake Bogoria was named as a third RAMSAR site in Kenya.
Lake Bogoria is well known for its hot springs and
geysers dotted all around the southern shore of the
lake. There are sulphur waters gushing out of the ground
and known to have therapeutic values, hence are natural
spas and steam baths.
It is the home of Africa’s most magnificent antelope,
The Greater Kudu and a host of other savannah wildlife:
zebra, impala, Grants Gazelle, Klipspringer, Buffalo,
Dik-diks, Patas Monkey among others.
Predators include Leopard, Cheetah, hyenas, mongoose,
jackal, and occasionally sightings of caracal cat.
In the recent past it has become the most stable home of
the lesser flamingoes with a population sometimes
approaching 2 million birds. This is in addition to over
310 resident and 50 migratory species of birds. (A total
of about 374 bird species have been recorded.)
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