Kenya Lake Tours

Kenya lies on the center of the Great Rift Valley, the site of the prehistoric fissures that extends from Jordan to Mozambique. Kenya is dotted with several fresh water lakes from the north to south. Take a Kenya Lake Tour and travel from one lake to another to learn about the contrasts present in each of the region.

Lake Baringo
Lake Baringo is located in the extreme north of the great Rift Valley Lakes of Kenya. With a surface area of 130 sq km, the lake is fed by two rivers that is to say, El Molo and Ol Arabel. There are no outlets for this lake and yet it is one of the two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley. The region is habited by 470 species of bird and migratory flamingoes.

Lake Bogoria
Lake Bogoria is located north of Lake Baringo the most amazing thing about this lake is that it’s not a fresh water lake but rather an alkaline lake whose algae deposits attracts many flamingoes to its shores. Lake Bogoria is also known for its steaming hot water springs making it a must visit lake.

Lake Magadi
Magadi Lake is the southern most lake in Rift Valley in Kenya; this lake is 100 sq km in size and lies amidst the vast salt flats and is a soda ash lake. Lake Magadi has a good population around it and even has a factory on its coast for the extraction of salt and Soda Ash.

Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is the second freshwater lake of the Great Rift Valley lying at an altitude of approximately 5900 ft. The lake got its name from the local Maasai name Naiposha, meaning ‘rough water' because the sudden storms that arise in this lake. The surface area of the lake is 160 sq km with an average depth of 5 m but it can vary depending on the rainfall. You can spot a variety of wildlife and more than 400 species of fauna here and particularly the flamingoes. Lake Oloiden and Lake Sonachi also called Green Crater Lake are also in the vicinity of Lake Naivasha.

Lake Turkana
Formerly known as Lake Rudolf, a name given to it by Count Samuel Teleki and Lieutenant Von Hornell in 1888 AD, the name was changed to its present name in 1975. Lake Turkana is a part of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya although the northern part of the lake lies in Ethiopia. With a surface area of 6405 sq km, it is the world's largest permanent desert lake, the most saline of Africa's large lakes.

The lake is fed by the rivers Omo, Turkwel and Kerio. Also referred to as the Jade Sea, the lake and the three national parks around it is home to Nile Perch, Tilapia, Nile Crocodiles, snakes, Cheetahs, Lions, Giraffe and migratory birds. The Lake itself is a natural treasure, with the world's single largest crocodile population. In Turkana these reptiles grow to record size, with some of the largest specimens found on remote windswept Central Island.

The Koobi for a fossil deposits located in Sibiloi National Park are protected as an important prehistoric research site since their discovery in 1967 by Richard Leakey. These deposits, rich in mammalian, molluscan and other fossil remains, have contributed more to the understanding of paleo-environments than any other site on the continent.

Lake Turkana is Kenya's most remote destination, but one that repays the patient traveler with rich rewards. The whole area is part of Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve set up by UNESCO to study arid lands. The lake is listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site.

Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza and also known as Ukerewe and Nalubaale is one of the Great lakes of Africa. It lies within a high plateau in the western part of the Great Rift Valley and settles under the administration of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. With an area of 68870 sq km, it is the largest tropical lake in the world and the second largest freshwater lake as far as the surface area are concerned. The lake is also the source of the River Nile, the largest river in the world. More than 3000 islands are dotted around the Lake Victoria out of which quite a few are inhabited.