Exploring the Great Rift Valley is a magnificent adventure. Experiencing the depth and scope of this remarkable geological feature and its many attractions will be the highlight of any safari holiday.
Just north of Nairobi on the A104 highway you'll reach the start of the Great Rift Valley. The views are spectacular as the valley drops away and you can literally see for thousands of miles to the horizon. The arid valley floor forms a great corridor which is flanked by mountains and deep forest.
Once you descend into the valley your adventure begins! You'll see amazing lakes and volcanic formations plus a wide variety of birds and game. Here is an overview of some of the attractions to be found along the way travelling north through the valley:
Mount Logonot is a rather impressive volcano rising out of the plains. The actual crater is huge and once you have climbed up the slopes you can look down into it and see a lush forest that covers the crater floor. The hike is rewarding for the wildlife you can see while climbing and the wonderful views of Lake Naivasha from the top.
Apart from hiking, you can also enjoy rock climbing, biking, bird watching and game viewing.
Hell's Gate takes its name from the giant red cliffs which stand on either side of natural hot spring geysers in the park. This national park near Lake Naivasha is also well known for its Raptor and Eagle nesting grounds, extinct volcanoes, rock climbing and gorge walks.
Hell's Gate is a wonderful environment for cycling through game rich areas - you can hire bikes locally and explore a range of tracks and roads. Wildlife in the park includes Buffalo, Lion, Eland, Giraffe, Leopard and a great variety of bird species.
This soda lake is closely linked to Lord Delamere, one of the first pioneers of the colony of Kenya. The lake is situated in a fertile region and you can often see wildlife on the shore and Flamingos on the water. There are hot springs and forests in the surroundings. Popular activities include birding and walks.
If you can imagine cobalt blue skies framing a pink lake, then you will be thinking of thousands of Flamingos at Bogoria which is a soda lake. This is a volcanic area and you can spot hot water geysers and freshwater springs on the lake shore.
It's a bird watchers haven off the beaten track but you can also see game including the rare Greater Kudu antelope in the surrounding grasslands.
This is the second of the freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley (after Naivasha), and most welcome it is in the very dry northern frontier of Kenya. The lake has lots of fish and therefore attracts a great variety of water birds such as Cormorants and Pelicans and of course Fish Eagles - there are at least 450 bird species recorded at the lake.
Hippo and Crocodile also do very well here. Boating and fishing are popular attractions and the park makes an excellent stopover on the way to the far north.