Kenya Rift Valley Lakes: Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is one of the Kenya Rift Valley Lakes (Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo, Lake Magadi, Lake Logipi, Lake Elementaita and Lake Turkana). It is located in Baringo County south of Lake Baringo.

The lake is a saline and alkaline lake since it lies in a volcanic region in a half-graben basin and has no outlet. It is a Ramsar site and part of Lake Bogoria National Reserve.

Lake Bogoria waters originate from inflows from the Sandai and Emsos rivers and from several alkaline hot springs that are present at three onshore sites namely; Laboru, Chemurkeu, and a southern group of hot springs which include Ng’wasis, Koibobei, Losaramat hot springs.  Other hot springs discharge directly from the lake floor.

It is famous for its huge population of lesser flamingos at times, just like its sister lakes-Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita, Lake Magadi, and Lake Logipi, geysers, and hot springs along its banks and in the lake.

In several locations of the lake, at least 10 geysers can be observed which erupts up to 5 m high. Geysers activity can be influenced by the fluctuations of the lake levels, thus, exposing or inundating some geysers. It has the highest number of geysers in Africa, over 18 are known.

Close tourist attraction Sites near Lake Bogoria

  • Kesubo Swamp which lies to the south of the lake
  • Siracho Escarpment which lies to the east
  • Geysers-over 18 known, the highest number in Africa

Lake Bogoria Animals/Wildlife

The lake being part of the Lake Bogoria National Reserve is a critical habitat and home to a variety of animals though some are very rare to find and include; the zebra, buffalo, monkey leopard, cheetah, impala, Grant’s gazelle, greater kudu, and warthog. 

It is at times home to over 350 species of birds on record including one of the world’s largest populations of lesser flamingos-over 2 million.

Things to do in Lake Bogoria

  • Game viewing-Lake Bogoria National Reserve
  • Nature walks
  • Bird watching
  • Cultural visits to the neighboring communities
  • Camping at the south end of the lake
  • Boiling eggs in the hot springs
  • Boat trips/safaris
  • picnics

Lake Bogoria Weather and Climate

Baringo temperatures vary between 25°C during the cold months (June and July) and 35°C during the hot months (January and February).

The area has two rainy seasons. The long rains are from March to June while short rains are from October to December. Annual average rainfall ranges between 1000 mm and 1500 mm in the highlands and 600 mm in the lowlands.

When to Visit

You can visit the lake all year round and maybe avoid the months when rainfall is at peak (April, May, August, and November)

How to get there

The county has well-maintained roads. It is 239 km from Nairobi to Lake Baringo and 82 km from Nakuru. From Nairobi, you access the lake through Nakuru town.

There is also an airstrip at Kabarnet but no commercial flights fly to this airstrip. Only chartered flights organized by your tour operator.

Lake Bogoria Hotels & Lodges

Tamarind Gardens, Kabarnet Hotel, Sportsline Hotel, Sinkoro Hotel, White Cafe Hotel, and Safari Hotel.

Camping is permitted at the southern end of the lake

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