The Kenya Lake System is composed of three alkaline lakes; Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Elementaita.
The property is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world. It is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, for most of the year, up to 4 million lesser flamingos move between the three shallow lakes in an outstanding wildlife spectacle. It’s also major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans.
The property features sizeable mammal populations, including black rhino, Rothschild’s giraffe, greater kudu, lion, cheetah and wild dogs.
Surrounded by hot springs, geysers and the steep escarpment of the Rift Valley with its volcanic outcrops, the natural setting of the lakes provides an exceptional experience of nature
Baringo and Naivasha are the only freshwater shallows in the Kenyan Rift; the large fresh water body is a shelter for more than 400 bird species that give the area its main attraction.
This is one of the least visited lakes in the Rift Valley. With its alkaline waters, it has become a better destination for seeing flamingos as compared to Lake Nakuru. The lakeshore is also good for seeing and photographing greater kudu. Other attractions in this park include the rugged rocks which emit furious hot springs. Popular species on this tour include African fish eagle, yellow billed hornbill and greater/lesser flamingo, among others.
This is the best park for spotting the endangered white and black rhinos. It is not a large park but it is very scenic because of its acacia forest. There are many picnic spots, lookouts and hideouts which are a great place to view the lake from afar. A number of exotic birds can be seen here such as the little grebe, pelican, francolin as well as the greater and lesser flamingo, among others. Lake Nakuru with a shallow alkaline lake famous for its flamingo population estimated to be more than a million hence it is referred to as the ‘Birds Paradise’ by bird watchers. There are no elephants in the park but the other big five can be spotted including tree climbing lions, the white and the black rhinos which are endangered species in Kenya, the rare Rothschild Giraffe, Cape buffaloes, Waterbucks, Gazelles, Leopard and primates etc can be spotted as well at the park.
This is a little-known about lake which is often overlooked as people rush from Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha. The park is very scenic with spectacular views from the parking lane. Flamingos are also in plenty here as they recently migrated from Lake Nakuru. Other birds include pelican, african spoonbill, black necked grebe, yellow billed stork and pied avocet among others.
Lake Naivasha which is another popular bird watchers paradise. This is a popular destination to see ducks, guineafowl, common quail, grebes and flamingos. Cormorants, storks and pelicans are also common here. Some of these birds are spotted during your scenic boat ride while others are spotted around the vicinity of your lodge.
Lake Naivasha is often visited by giraffes, antelopes, zebras and water bucks that come to graze. Hippos also come on land during the evening.
The lake is a quiet and solitary oasis embedded in the abrupt and arid land that foresees the northern deserts. Birding around Lake Baringo is interesting by the fact that we spend most of the day outside the car.
The lake shore is rich in many birds and frogs that make the park lively. Birds such as the Starlings, white bellied go-away bird, hornbill and hammerkop are easy to spot. A relaxing boat ride in the lake gives you an opportunity to spot the rarer species such as the flycatcher, bush shrike, wood hoopoe and kingfishers. The boat ride is also a great opportunity to see the hippos.