Lake Bogoria Reserve Safaris
Lake Bogoria Reserve lies below the eastern Wall of the Great Rift Valley, covering Lake Bogoria and the land immediately surrounding the lake. The Reserve is about 285km 2 North of Nairobi. It covers 107 km2 and is easily reached from either Nakuru or Lake Baringo. The lake lies in a trough below the Ngendelel Escarpment, a sheer wall 600 metres. The lake covers 32 km2
Lake Bogoria is a saline, alkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region south of Lake Baringo, a little north of the equator. Lake Bogoria, like Lake Nakuru and Lake Elmenteita in Kenya’s Rift Valley, is home, at times, to one of the world’s largest populations of lesser flamingos. Backed by the green flanks of the Siracho Escarpment the lake’s barren shores make for a dramatic scene, whilst the small reserve that surrounds the lake is a really quiet backwater with some excellent birding in particular.
In 2002 the lake was declared a Ramsar site, meaning that it is a protected wetland area, while Lake Bogoria National Reserve has been a protected National Reserve since 1973. Local features include the Kesubo Swamp to the north and the Siracho Escarpment to the east – both within the National Reserve.
The lake is also famous for its natural geysers and hot springs, which are situated along the bank of the lake and within the lake. Some of the geysers erupt to a height of 5 metres, and the water bursting through the lake can be searing hot.
It has a large number of flamingos as well as greater kudu and other mammals. Little Grebe, Tawny Eagle, Pratincole, Swift, Little Bee-eater, Cape-wigeon, yellow-billed stork, African Spoonbill, Augur, Buzzard, Gabar Goshawk, Water Dikkop, Great Tit, Startling, Hornbill and Crombec can be spotted within the reserve.
The reserve is most famous for its flamingo population, its stunning scenery and the presence of the rare Greater Kudu. It is better to visit the lake either in the early morning or late evening, as it is usually hot at midday.
It is the deepest alkaline lake in Kenya with numerous alkaline hot springs that contribute significant inflow into the lake. It comprises of the lake and terrestrial portion with various vegetation types and terrain such as grasslands, thickets and woodlands.
The reserve is rich in biodiversity and the lake is an important stopover point for the northern tourist circuits in Kenya.