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LAKE BOGORIA

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GUIDE ON LAKE BOGORIA IN KENYA

South of Lake Baringo is one of the Great Rift Valley’s hidden gems – Lake Bogoria National Reserve. The centerpiece of the reserve is Lake Bogoria, an alkaline lake that is dotted with steam jets, natural hot springs and geysers. The lake has enjoyed a national reserve status since 1973, and today it is preserved and managed through a cooperative agreement between the Kenya Wildlife Service and Baringo County Council. AfricanMecca visitants will find that Bogoria represents a very different experience than the lush green landscape of Lake Baringo. The geological characteristics that exist both above and below the water’s surface creates a kaleidoscope of colors. The soft shapes of golden sunlit hillsides slope to a shoreline that is lined with deep green grasses. Runoff from springs creates unusual taupe-colored flow patterns that draw the eye toward the cobalt blue and jade green lake water. When ecological balance of Lake Nakuru is less than optimum, Lake Bogoria becomes the preferred feeding and nesting site for greater and lesser flamingos, and these regal creatures create a contrasting element of light pink tones. In 2001, the environmental importance of the wetlands for supporting endangered species resulted in a RAMSAR site designation. The diversity of avian species at Lake Bogoria Reserve stands above many other of Kenya’s Important Bird Areas, making it a prime African avian holiday destination for bird lovers (read more on when is the best time to go to Bogoria).

As you plan your birdwatching safari in Kenya, you can look forward to recording your sightings of crombec warblers, swifts, gobar goshawks, cape wigeons, starlings, hornbills, ostriches and many other raptor, terrestrial and wading species. The reserve is also recognized as supporting one of the largest populations of lesser flamingos on our planet! The reserve covers 114 square kilometers (44 square miles), with the lake occupying 34 square kilometers (13 square miles). The remaining terrain is a combination of jagged rock and bushlands, as well as acacia-fichus woodlands on the southern shore and papyrus swamp on the northern shore. The volcanic-enriched soil supports an astonishing 210 plant species that provide food to buffalos, forest hogs, baboons, patas monkeys and other grazers and foragers. The lesser size prey animals, in turn, are food sources for smaller hunters like caracals, servat cats, genets and many more of Africa’s lesser seen predators. The Waseges River is the primary source of fresh water in the reserve, and the river inlet and lake are critical resources for local communities. AfricanMecca recommends that you include some of the available cultural and geological excursions in your wilderness travel in Kenya, as these activities support efforts that are valuable to preserving the human and natural treasures found in the Great Rift Valley and Lake Bogoria National Reserve.
WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE BOGORIA
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE BOGORIA

Lake Bogoria Spa Resort is the only proper lodge available that can minimally cater to an international tourist thus allowing you to get close to the lake's many wonders, from birdlife to geysers.

SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE BOGORIA
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE BOGORIA

Although game drives are only offered on request basis, leisurely walking tours are prime opportunities to discover the biodiversity and unique geographical features of this geysers alkaline lake.

BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE BOGORIA
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE BOGORIA

For the most part, the dry and wet seasons in Lake Bogoria mirrors what is common in other areas of Kenya. Some years, though, the reserve has an unusual pattern of long rains in July and August.

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  • Jambo Raza, The Lake Nakuru outing was great! We saw lots of pelicans, some flamingos, both black and white rhino... We've already recommended a Kenya safari to friends and relatives. Thanks again
    Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
  • Raza, it was the vacation of a lifetime, again, thanks so much. From the flamingo of Lake Nakuru and the foot hills of Masai Mara, we saw the best of what Kenya safari has to offer.
    Jamie Davis & Liudmila Kondakova - San Francisco, California, United States
  • Dear Altaf, We would like to thank your team for such a well planned and wonderful holiday. Kenya is such an amazing country, and we felt that the itinerary you helped us set up was perfect...
    Wee Siang Neo & John Lau - Singapore
  • Jambo Altaf, As usual the program went like clockwork and it was a wonderful holiday in Rift Valley & Masai Mara. Lake Nakuru is absolutely stunning and exceeded my expectations..
    Simon Woodlock, Chief Financial Officer, Synovate - Surbiton, United Kingdom
  • Thank you so, so much for all of your help in planning our amazing safari to Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi. Everything went so smoothly. Our tour guides were the best!!
    Joanne Wright - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - United States
  • Jambo Altaf and Raza! We are back on earth now after our fabulous honeymoon. This is to say THANK YOU so much for organising a week in Kenya that we will never forget.....!
    Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
  • We were extremely pleased with our itinerary. All those elephants and giraffes just posing and asking to have their pictures taken. Thank you for planning one of the best trips I have ever taken.
    Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States

EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE BOGORIA IN NORTHERN KENYA

When visiting Lake Bogoria, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Amboseli and Masai Mara. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Tsavo, Samburu or Lewa - Laikipia ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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