At the beginning of Kenya's great Northern Wilderness lies Lake Bogoria.
The lake is the heart of an arid landscape, in the shadow of the dramatic walls of the Siracho Range. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of Flamingo, and the lake is often carpeted with pink.
The 32 sq km lake is still volcanically active, and the Western shore is lined with spouting geysers, spurting steam and bubbling geothermal pools. Fresh water springs at the lake edge attract an abundance of birds and wildlife. The Loburu hot springs erupt along the lakeside and are as captivating as they are dangerous. Due to the extreme temperatures of these boiling springs, you need to be careful when near them.
There are many Fish Eagles, which often prey on the local flamingos.The shores are always lined with Gazelle, Zebra, Baboons and this is one of the best places to see Greater Kudu.
Although the area is protected, it is vulnerable to siltation and pollution. The river has only one major river that feeds it. The Waseges river which drains into the lake originates on the northern edges of the Aberdare ranges. In the upper zones on the slopes of the Aberdare range, the river transverse through intensive agricultural lands where coffee is grown with heavy input of agro-chemicals. The middle zones are dominated by bush and scub lands which are dominated by grazing areas. At the lower zones before it enters the northern part of the lake the river goes through a very dry area dominated by bush and scrubland.
Access to Bogoria is a diversion from the Nakuru- Baringo road, via Marigat. Private transport is needed. There is a very basic airstrip which charter flights can use. Getting to the lake itself is very difficult without private transport. Come as part of an organized safari, or with a hire car. Lodges and camps are available for overnight stay.
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