Birdwatchers flock to Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, a volcanic wonderland dotted with shimmering lakes that draw candyfloss-coloured flamingos and prehistoric-beaked pelicans in their thousands. Formed by tectonic shifting a million years ago, the valley sliced across Kenya creating sheer rock walls and a valley floor carpeted with plains and forests, dormant volcanoes, geysers and mineral lakes. Most of these oasis-like pools are filled with alkaline water that breeds the coveted algae birds come to feast on. By contrast, the valley’s two freshwater lakes bring life to surrounding forests and farms where fields of flowers and earthy vegetables are harvested.
Sail across Naivasha, the valley’s highest lake, surrounded by 400 species of colourful African birds. In its fresh waters, a protected hippo population submerge and reappear like submarines, wading onto shores fringed with thick greenery. If it’s birds you crave, Lake Nakuru is where blue-green algae thrives, attracting flocks of up to two million flamingos, while its surrounding National Park is home to lions, leopards and endangered black rhino. Meanwhile, at Lake Elmenteita, just one type of Tilapia fish survives in the salt-saturated waters, which are backed by dormant volcanoes that the Maasai people believe resemble a sleeping warrior.
Ready to experience the Great Rift Valley Lakes? Let our Kenya experts arrange birdwatching trips, boat excursions and safaris on the shores of these famous waters.
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