Strategically located, saline lake set in a cleft of mountains in the Northern Rift Valley displays a spectacular view of pink cloud flamingos and geysers bubbling with hot water volcanic springs. The Bogoria National Reserve covers 107 square kilometers with 34 square kilometers being covered with water. The rest of the area is dominated with thorny bushland of acacia with open shores of the lake being grasslands and the sedge Cyprus around the hot springs. The deep saline and alkaline composition of the lake spurs the growth of blue-green algae which provide food for immense flocks of flamingoes and most importantly, forms different shades of the lake adding to its spectacular view.
As you approach the reserve, a mega-flock of lesser flamingos around 10,000 in number are spotted. And if you think you have seen it all, wait until your eyes rest on the fascinating phenomenon of the hot springs…..Interestingly, by the time the hot springs spurts off the ground, the water would have reached over 94 degrees after circulating at great depth in the rock fractures, believe me, it is hot enough to boil an egg, ooh yes boil an egg….the hot springs, is an indication that the molten volcanic rock does not lie far below the earth’s surface after it erupted hence the constant heat emission. The lake has around 200 hot springs in number and termed as the lake with the highest number of volcanic hot springs in Africa.
Other fun activities in the reserve include the following:
There is more to the reserve apart from the spectacular flamingos. It is a home to the greater Kudu, the king of the antelopes that more often can either be spotted across the woodlands or resting under acacia trees. Other game animals include: Burchell’s Zebra, impalas, gazelles’ warthogs spotted on the plains, then Vervet monkeys and olive baboons can be seen around the hot springs and campsites and the predators such as leopard, spotted hyenas and mongooses as well.
The reserve also plays a vital role of hosting variety of birds’ species. The grey crowned crane is most elegant of the birds and more often would be seen engaging in what many people interpret as courtship dances when they gather in flocks during their breeding seasons. Ostriches can be seen in bigger numbers on lake shores then around the swamps; black-headed herons, sacred ibis and hadada among many other birds’ species.
Cycling and nature trails.
At the reserve, cycling bicycle safari which is readily available around the magnificent lake one would be able to enjoy and appreciate the abundance and diversity of this rich environment. Indeed, it is a proof that mother nature is not a place to be reckoned with……