Kenya – Rift Valley Lakes

In the Great Rift Valley there are a number of beautiful lakes, full of birds, wildlife and other natural wonders.

Lake Nakuru
A large shallow lake surrounded by a park on the edge of Nakuru town. The big three here are pink flamingoes – sometimes millions of them, rhino and tree sleeping lions. Also living in and around the lake are; pelicans, cormorants, leopards, baboons, giraffe, waterbuck, rock hyrax and birdlife.

Lake Naivasha
We camp by this large freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley. You can take boats out on the lake to see hippos relaxing in groups in the water and the hundreds of different types of birds. The hippos come out of the lake in the evening and graze around the shore into the night. Around the lake are a few side trips you can take.

Green Crater Lake
A jade green coloured lake set in a small volcanic cone.

Hell’s Gate National Park

One of the few parks you can walk or cycle through, no lions here but you can see giraffe and antelope many wild animals but superb volcanic scenery. There a geothermal power plant on the edge of the park which you can see up close.One of the few parks you can walk or cycle through, not too many wild animals but superb volcanic scenery.

Elsamere Conservation Centre
The old home of Joy Adamson and Elsa the lion of ‘Born Free’ fame.  Take afternoon tea on the lake shore with black and white colobus monkeys swinging through the thorn trees above.

Kenya – Nairobi, Langata Giraffe Centre

Here you can hand feed giraffes while you stand head high with the giraffes. It’s a side trip in Nairobi with an entry fee of $7 plus a charge for giraffe food.

Kenya – Nairobi, Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage

Kenya – Nairobi, Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage

Stand with baby elephants and rhinos which have been rescued from the wild; normally their mothers have been poached and are now fed from the bottle. It’s a side trip in Nairobi with a $5 entry and its open in the morning, every day at 11:00.