Lake Bogoria National Reserve
At the beginning of Kenya’s great Northern Wilderness lies Lake Bogoria National Reserve. 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.
Access to Lake Bogoria National Reserve is a diversion from the Nakuru- Baringo road, via Marigat. Private transport is needed. There is a very basic airstrip which charter flights can use. Getting to the lake itself is very difficult without private transport. Come as part of an organized safari, or with a hire car.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve is home to leopard, klipspringer and caracal as well as the wonderful greater kudu in fact, it’s one of the best places in Kenya to see this mighty animal with its splendid, spiraling horns. The greater kudu favours the isolated and wooded southern reaches of the park, where a wealth of other species can also be found.
Lake Bogoria National Park’s hot springs and geysers are a further attraction although not a tempting proposition for bathing as the springs is hot enough to boil an egg! Just north of the Park is Kesubo Swamp, an important wetland to the Lake ecosystem and a fascinating area for birdwatchers to visit as it has over 200 recorded species of bird.
Local features include the Kesubo Swamp to the north and the Siracho Escarpment to the east, both within the National Reserve. The lake is also famous for geysers and hot springs along the bank of the lake and in the lake.
In four locations around the lake can be observed at least 10 geysers, which erupt up to 5 m high. Geyser activity is affected by the fluctuations of lake level, which may inundate or expose some geysers.