GUIDE ON LAKE ELEMENTAITA IN KENYA
Between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru lies another of Kenya’s alkaline lakes – Lake Elementaita. Set within the eastern portion of the Rift Valley, the lake was produced approximately 12 million years ago, and today much of the lake is part of the private Soysambu Conservancy. The area is much less visited than other natural attractions in the region, so you enjoy a sense of privacy and solitude in a wondrous volcanic landscape.
Much of your activity-enriched trip to Kenya’s Lake Elementaita takes place within the 48,000-acre conservancy that serves as a sanctuary for nationally threatened colobus monkeys, endangered Rothschild giraffes, elusive predators, plains game, avi-fauna and many other species. The varied terrain offers volcanic hills, acacia woodlands, grassy plains and stands of Warburgia fever trees and Euphorbia candelabra.
As you travel across the diverse landscape during your AfricanMecca safari activities, you may come upon craters, lava flows, plugs and other remnants of the region’s rich volcanic history, as well as odd geometric patterns created by the process of erosion in the highly porous soil. Towards the southern end of the lake are the Kekopey hot springs, a location that is thought to be an ancient passage site involved in the yesteryear ivory and slave trades.
As part of the UNESCO Kenya Lake System World Heritage Site, Lake Elementaita is globally-recognized as a natural treasure to be preserved, protected and appreciated. Although the lake region has fewer mammalian species than other areas in East Africa, more than 15,000 animals roam the conservancy property. You may see Rothschild giraffes amongst the acacia trees removing tender leaves from branches while adeptly avoiding the treacherous thorns.
Many species of plains game are commonly sighted, and you may have a fortuitous experience of sighting steinboks, duikers, bush pigs, bushbucks and also other elusive fauna. Lake Elementaita is also home to the tufted-eared caracal, golden and striped jackals and other smaller predators.
Like other alkaline lakes, the ecology of Elementaita is greatly influenced by rain and water levels. Specific conditions must be maintained, or the levels of algae, fish and invertebrates declines. When the abundance of these food sources declines, birds and other species prefer other Kenyan soda lakes where food is easier to locate. As a result, the number of flamingos and pelicans fluctuates. Even in less-than-optimum conditions, though, the lake is a paradise for bird lovers, offering more than 450 species, including migratory birds from Europe and other locations.
This means that AfricanMecca visitants have the chance to see endangered and threatened feathered creatures, as well as some of Kenya’s most intriguing and beautiful avian life. Because most of the Elementaita lake is part of the Soysambu Conservancy on private lands, you have a range of tour activities for your bush holiday in Kenya, such as day and night game drives, walking safaris, birding excursions, hiking, visits to geological sites and much more.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ELEMENTAITA
Whether you prefer a colonial-style camp or an intimate lodge, the accommodations at Lake Elementaita are perfectly suited for all. The main options are Elmenteita Serena, Sleeping Warrior and Sunbird Lodge.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN ELEMENTAITA
Most of Lake Elementaita is part of the Soysambu Conservancy where you have access to varied activities, such as game drives, bush walks, day trips to surrounding attractions, crater hikes and more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT ELEMENTAITA
Elementaita is a wondrous wilderness to visit anytime during the year, but we recommend visitng during the dry season. Wildlife viewing is better, and you get to see a variety of species in a small area.
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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.
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When visiting Lake Elementaita, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru, and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation at the Indian Ocean for a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, Lamu, or Mombasa.
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