Popular Lakes

Naivasha
The highest of the Rift Valley lakes, Naivasha lies at about 1880 m. Lake Naivasha's main attraction is the prolific bird life. This lake is also a birdwatchers fantasy. There are over 450 species in the immediate area including the highland escarpments which surround the lake to the south and west. Many species including fish eating birds such as pelicans, herons, storks and kingfishers are resident throughout the year. However if there is one bird which characterises Lake Naivasha, it would have to be the African Fish Eagle.

Lake Naivasha is the focus of activity. There's fishing, a hippo cruise, Crescent Island, a walking safari, sunset cruise, bird walks, air tour, day trips to Elsemere and Hells Gate National Park.

Naivasha has the highest concentration of Fish Eagle in the world. There are also a number of flower farms around the lake.
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Victoria
The second largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Victoria geographically dominates the area with its 70,000 sq km surface. The lake occupies a wide depression near the equator, between the East and West Great Rift Valleys, but its drainage basin is relatively small, being slightly less than three times the lake's surface in area.

Three nations share the waters of the lake - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Kenya's share is the smallest (3785 sq km) but there is a busy network of waterways between the trading towns and villages which lie along the shores of the lake.

The lake water is drained at a rate of about 600 m3 sec-1, at Jinja on the northern shore, into the Victoria Nile which flows northward via Lake Albert and the White Nile forming the uppermost reaches of the Nile River. It is the source of River Nile.
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Nakuru
Kenya's fourth largest town and the capital of the Rift Valley province, Nakuru is a cheerful agricultural town with a great vegetable market. But other than this it is mainly of interest to tourists because of the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, Menengai Crater and Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site.

Lake Nakuru's birdlife is world renowned: a beacon for leading ornithologists, scientists and wildlife film-makers. Lake Nakuru was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and upgraded to National Park status in 1968.The park spans an attractive range of wooded and bush grassland around the lake offering wide ecological diversity, from lake water, woodland to the rocky escarpments and ridges.

Notable game within the lake includes hippo and clawless otters. On the shores roam waterbuck, Bohor Reedbuck and zebra. The woodlands and forest are now home to both black and white rhino.
The rare Rothschild's giraffe can be found in this park.
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Turkana
A Rift Valley lake, located in Northern Kenya, this 320km long lake is the most dramatic of Africa's lakes. Commonly referred to as the Jade Sea, due to its electric blue-green colour, the lake is surrounded by a spectacular landscape of dry desert and hills and famous for its Nile Perch. Due to its remoteness, Lake Turkana is strictly for the adventurous tourist.
Baringo
Lake Baringo is at the threshold of Northern Kenya, and its freshwaters are an oasis in the arid plains. This is the traditional home of the Njemps tribe, a unique people who are the only pastoral, cattle herding, tribe who also fish. Among other pastoral tribes such as the Maasai, eating fish is a taboo.

The 129 sq km lake is well stocked with fish, and attracts many Pelicans, Cormorants and Fish Eagles. The Lake is also well populated with Crocodile.

The lake itself is truly beautiful, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see.
At the lake's heart is Ol Kokwe Island, a stark rocky island that is home to Njemps villages and a well appointed camp. This is an excellent base for exploring the lake, with boat trips ideal for bird and hippo spotting.
Baringo is an ideal stopover on a safari to Northern Kenya.
Bogoria
At the beginning of Kenya's great Northern Wilderness lies Lake Bogoria.
The lake is the heart of an arid landscape, in the shadow of the dramatic walls of the Siracho Range. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of Flamingo, and the lake is often carpeted with pink.

The 32 sq km lake is still volcanically active, and the Western shore is lined with spouting geysers, spurting steam and bubbling geothermal pools. Fresh water springs at the lake edge attract an abundance of birds and wildlife.

There are many Fish Eagles, which often prey on the local flamingoes.
The shores are always lined with Gazelle, Zebra, Baboons and this is one of the best places to see Greater Kudu.