Overview of Lake Bogoria Kenya
Lake Bogoria is a saline, alkaline lake and lies just south of Lake Baringo. With it’s ideal conditions it is home to one of the world’s largest populations of lesser flamingoes. The bleak Siracho Escarpment, and moss-green waves roll down the rocky, barren shores of Lake Bogoria. Due to the lake’s alkalinity, blue green algae grows well, this in turn feeds the flamingos. The scenery of Lake Bogoria is indeed breathtaking. The road runs along the lake at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The road climbs up to viewpoints from where the dramatic scenery can be observed on a larger scale.
The scene of brilliant pink flamingos in millions is only found in the Rift Valley Lakes of Kenya, and so is not replicated anywhere else in the world, due to the very specific environment needed by the birds. Aside from the flamingoes there are many other birds and animals to see at Lake Bogoria such as buffalo, zebra, warthog and dik dik.
The grey crowned crane is most elegant of birds and they are seen engaging in courtship dances when they gather in flocks during the breeding seasons. Common ostrich are plentiful on the lake shores, around the swamps are the black-headed herons, sacred ibis and hadada. Few water birds are at the lake because it is highly saline.
Much more is the fascinating phenomenon of the hot springs. An indication that molten rock does not lie far below the earth’s surface. About halfway along the lake, hot springs and geysers spew boiling fluids from the earth’s insides. The lake has around 200 hot springs in total but has some large of these on one side of the lake. Get ready to go on a Lake Bogoria safari with Kichaka tours for your unforgettable experiences.
Wildlife and Birds of Lake Bogoria Kenya
The reserve’s main appeal lies in the scenery and the flamingos. The movement of the flamingos depends on water levels and algae concentrations. The reserve is also a refuge for greater kudu, but these stately animals aren’t seen very often. Warthog, Kirk’s dik-dik, Grant’s gazelle and impala can occasionally be seen crossing the road.
Attractions at Lake Bogoria Kenya
There are huge flocks of flamingoes who visit the still waters of the lake to feed on the algae. Since the lake has no outlet, it is saline and therefore a lot of blue and green algae, which forms different shades of the lake too apart from the pink of the flamingoes.
The hot springs
Much more is the fascinating phenomenon of the hot springs, an indication that molten rock does not lie far below the earth’s surface. The lake has around 200 hot springs in total but has some large of these on one side of the lake. By the time it spurts off the ground, the water has reached over 94 degrees after circulating at great depth in the rock fractures. It is hot enough to boil an egg.
The greater Kudu (king of the antelopes) can be seen across the woodlands or spotted resting under acacia trees. The Burchell’s Zebra, impalas, gazelles warthogs can be seen on the plains. Vervet monkeys and olive baboons can be seen around the hot springs and campsites and the predators such as leopard, spotted hyenas and mongooses are hots of the reserve too.
The grey crowned crane is most elegant of birds and will be seen engaging in courtship dances when they gather in flocks during the breeding seasons where numerous pairs and mate-seeking adults assemble. Common ostrich are plentiful on the lake shores, around the swamps are the black-headed herons, sacred ibis and hadada. Few water birds are at the lake because it is highly saline.
Activities in Lake Bogoria Kenya
Most animals are seen early in the morning or in late afternoon due to the hot weather conditions. Lake Bogoria National Reserve is the home of Africa’s most magnificent antelope, the greater kudu, and of other savannah wildlife: Zebra, impala, Grant’s gazelle, Klipspringer, buffalo, dik dik and Patas monkey, among others. Predators include the leopard, cheetah, hyena, mongoose, jackal and Karakul cat.
Birders are not left behind either. Lake Bogoria National Reserve a birding paradise with over 222 species recorded majority begin the lesser flamingos.
You can park at the hot springs and walk to get closer to the thermal pools, but be very careful where you stand as the water and mud is boiling. Stop off for a bite to eat at the Loburu Picnic Site which overlooks the geysers – probably the most unusual and atmospheric location for a picnic. In the evening, visit the northern end of the lake at Kesubo Swamp for the best chance of seeing the Greater Kudu. You can also take a bird walk at Kesubo swamp with one of the resident birding guides – it’s great to learn how to identify the birds from their different calls.
Best time to visit Lake Bogoria Kenya
Consistently warm temperatures are the norm at Lake Bogoria, thanks to its equatorial location. It does get colder higher up the escarpment, but this area is off-limits to visitors. The weather in the Dry season (September to February) is very agreeable, though rain can wash in at short notice. The Wet season is characterized not so much by rainy days as rainy afternoons.
Flamingos can be seen at the lake throughout the year. But it’s probably best to see them in the Dry season when you can avoid the overcast skies and rain interruptions of the wetter months. The only drawback is the dust that can cloud the air at this time.
How to get to Lake Bogoria Kenya
The southern entrance to the reserve is located 38 km north of Nakuru – a 4WD is essential. The sealed road from Nakuru to the northern entrance is 150 km.
There are no domestic flights to Lake Bogoria or Lake Nakuru. Charter flights between reserves are typically organized by your tour operator.