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Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya

It is worth noting that on your way to Lake Bogoria you will drive past the line of equator, like so many other times while crossing Kenya from North to South. Don’t forget to get out of the car and take a picture of the signpost on the equator line!

 

Lake Bogoria is a saline alkaline lake that lies in the volcanic region of the country and houses thousands of lesser flamingoes that come here for the breeding season and feed on the green-blue algae in the water. It is not just the flamingoes that draw thousands of tourists to the shores of this bizarre lake. Over 153 species of birds live around the lake, including tawny eagles and other raptors who prey on flamingoes and smaller birds, such as swifts, yellow-billed storks, bee-eaters, African spoonbills, augur buzzard, etc. Avid birdwatchers will definitely find their favorite spots around the lake and snap thousands of photos of its feathered inhabitants.

 

Lake Bogoria National Reserve is especially famous for its natural hot springs and geysers, erupting as high as 5 meters depending on the water level at the lake. The only river feeding lake Bogoria is Waseges river that originates in the Aberdare mountains, and the swampy shores are covered in thick bush and acacia trees. Here, you can see a wide variety of wildlife here, from warthogs, buffaloes, zebras, impalas and greater kudu to wild cheetahs and spotted hyenas.

 

You can stay at the park lodge, several public or private campsites, as well as go for a dip in the natural hot spring basins. Imagine large flocks of pink birds emerging from the water and rising above the erupting geysers – and you will get a general felling of Lake Bogoria National Reserve and will know what to expect.

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