Travel to Lake Bogoria – Volcanic Soda Lake
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.
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
This area forms an important cultural divide between the predominantly Maasai Rift Valley lakes to the south (Magadi, Naivasha, Elementeita and Nakuru) and the semi-arid northern Lakes of Bogoria, Baringo and Turkana home to a diverse range of tribes and cultures.
More remote than Naivasha, Nakuru or Baringo, this soda lake is well worth the effort to visit. Lake Bogoria’s flamingo population is often greater than Lake Nakuru. These birds move between the soda lakes throughout the Rift Valley, and the waters of Bogoria play host to huge flocks that cover the lake edge in swathes of living pink. This dramatic spectacle makes a perfect backdrop for the lake’s incredible geothermal springs and abundant wildlife.
Zebra and gazelle are easily seen around the Lake shores. Searching the higher, forested areas may reveal Buffalo or the rare Greater Kudu. This is one of the last reserves of this huge antelope with striped flanks, saucer ears and impressively large twisted horns.
Birders will find plenty to see all around the lake. There is a large population of African Fish Eagles, preying almost exclusively on flamingo. Bogoria is an important bird area, with its large populations of flamingo. Other species of interest recorded here include many Black necked Grebe, African Darter, White necked vulture and African Fish Eagle. The best way to see birdlife in this area is to travel around the lakeshore. The acacia forests and cliffs are both rich birding country.
The town of Marigat has restaurants and tourist facilities.
Getting to the lake itself is very difficult without private transport, the best way to visit is with an organised safari.
- Lake Bogoria’s flamingo population is oftern greater than the more famous Lake Nakuru.
- Visit the spouting geysers, spurting steam and bubbling geothermal pools.
- Home to a large population of African Fish Eagles.