Rift Valley Lakes
Africa’s Great Rift Valley is one of the most spectacular geological features in the world, stretching 6,000 kilometres all the way from Mozambique to Lebanon. The dramatic section slicing through Kenya has created a system of calm and peaceful lakes. A birders’ paradise, full of blushing pink flamingo and long-beaked pelican, it’s the perfect spot to relax after the excitement of safari.
Just a short drive from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. This beautiful blue freshwater lake attracts a myriad of wildlife, with plentiful bird and hippo sightings. The shoreline is ringed and scented by rose farms, the fruits of which can be found in your local supermarket within days of harvesting.
We’d recommend a day trip from Naivasha to the Longonot National Park, for a chance to see Mount Longonot, a dormant volcano. Stand on the crater’s rim for some breathtaking views. Or if you’re looking for steamy atmosphere, drop in on Hell’s Gate National Park, where you can walk or cycle past grazing zebra, giraffe and impala, while enjoying the spectacular volcanic scenery.
A couple of hours drive from Nairobi brings you to Lake Nakuru National Park, famed for the thousands of pink flamingo it attracts, although rising water levels mean that sightings cannot be guaranteed. More recently, a game reserve has been established around the lake where black rhino are protected and you can also expect to see giraffe, hyena, antelope and tree climbing lion.