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Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is possibly the most interesting of the Kenyan Rift Valley lakes. The reserve popularly known for the bubbling hot springs and steaming geysers. The reserve also plays host to the greater shy kudu, an antelope with spiraling horns as well as impalas, grant gazelles, cheetahs and water bucks.

Admire the pink and white swathes of flamingos on the soda lake. While strolling within the precincts of the resort one can catch a glimpse of monkeys,Marabou storks and ostriches. A variety of bird life,prehistoric sites and the pristine natural tropical rain forests apply describe the resort.

The lake Mainly thorny bushland and thicket merging into wooded grasslands. Dense riverine forests of doum and raffia palm occur along watercourses, with various sedges in riverine swamps.It has significant ornithological interest with 135 species of birds recorded...a site to behold for both local and international clients

Game is far from plentiful but strangely this is the most likely place in Kenya where visitors can find a photograph the greater Kudu. The attraction of the lake apart from its scenic magnificence is the opportunity, usually there to see tens of thousands of flamingos and multitude of other water birds.

Lake Bogoria is a saline, alkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region in a half-graben basin south of Lake Baringo, Kenya, a little north of the equator. The lake is 17 x 3.5 km, and occupies a narrow, asymmetric half-graben within the rift floor. . Hot water geysers and fearsome fumaroles are found on the western shoreline evidencing the turmoil below. Bogoria Escarpment rises 700 m on the eastern side of the lake. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred at the lake in 1828. Lake Bogoria is indeed a wild area.

The lake itself is set at the bottom of a trough at the base of a 600 meter wall called the Ngendele escarpment in the middle of the day the heat can be oppressive but there is a wonderfully cool campsite where a mass of giant figs create a cool haven and limpid stream of fresh water adds to the oasis ambience.

The lake has not always been saline. Sediment cores from the lake floor have shown that freshwater conditions existed for several periods during the past 10,000 years, and that lake level was up to about 9 m higher than its present level of about 990 m above sea-level. At times it might have overflowed northward towards Lake Baringo. At times, during the late Pleistocene it might have been united with a larger precursor of modern Lake Baringo, but this is still uncertain.

The lake area was the traditional home of the Endorois people, who were forced to leave the area in the 1970s and are now challenging their removal.
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