Lake Bogoria Highlights
Lake Bogoria is a saline lake that lies in a volcanic region of Kenya's Rift Valley, a little north of the equator. Lake Bogoria is the seasonal home to one of the world's largest populations of lesser flamingos, turning the lake pink.
Lake Bogoria is a saline, alkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region south of Lake Baringo, a little north of the equator. Lake Bogoria, like Lake Nakuru and Lake Elmenteita in Kenya's Rift Valley, is home, at times, to one of the world's largest populations of lesser flamingos. Backed by the green flanks of the Siracho Escarpment the lake's barren shores make for a dramatic scene, whilst the small reserve that surrounds the lake is a really quiet backwater with some excellent birding in particular.
In 2002 the lake was declared a Ramsar site, meaning that it is a protected wetland area, while Lake Bogoria National Reserve has been a protected National Reserve since 1973. 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 its natural geysers and hot springs, which are situated along the bank of the lake and within the lake. Some of the geysers erupt to a height of 5 metres, and the water bursting through the lake can be searing hot.
Lake Bogoria Game Viewing and Activities
Like neighbouring Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria is not frequently visited, often with only a handful of vehicles each day, making one's experience there uninterrupted and serene. Lake Bogoria has become the adopted feeding ground of tens of thousands of lesser flamingos, and the lakeshore is one of the few places where greater kudu antelope can easily be seen.
The physical spectacle of the Lake is quite something with a largely barren, baking wilderness of scrub and rocks, from which a series of furious hot springs erupt on the western shore, while the opposite shore is backed by the rising walls of the Siracho mountain range.
The natural environment at Bogoria houses buffalo, hyena, klipspringer, impala, dik-dik, zebra, warthog and Grant’s gazelle. Greater kudu can be spotted all around the lake, while the flamingos tend to flock in their greatest numbers to the shallows on the western shore, where the hot springs flow into the lake.
Lake Bogoria Seasons and Climate
Kenya lies on the equator and has a warm, tropical climate, but factors such as altitude and regional location can affect climate. Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius, but it is warmer on the coast.
Due to its positioning on the equator, Kenya does not have a specific summer and winter, but seasons can be distinctly divided into dry and wet seasons.
During the dry season (June to October) the sky is clear and the sun is shining, although these include the coldest months of the year. Early mornings can drop to around 12 degrees, so it is advised to pack warm clothing as morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold.
During the wet season (November to May) daytime temperatures vary between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius, depending on altitude. A period of ‘short rains’ occur between November and December, while the main rainy season, called the ‘long rains’ arrive after a short dry spell, in March April and May.
How to Get There
Guests travelling to Kenya for a game-viewing holiday will opt for either a ‘fly-in-fly’ or a ‘fly-in-drive’ safari, which will determine whether they make use of air or road transfers to get to their destination.
All guests will enter Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, the capital city. This airport is the travel portal for Kenya and can get very busy, so guests will often continue with their domestic flights from Wilson airport, which is 18km away.
Depending on the safari destination, guests will either connect with a charter flight from Wilson or Jomo Kenyatta airports to the reserve, or they will embark on a road journey from Nairobi to the reserve.
Guests will take a scheduled flight from Nairobi to an airstrip nearest their destination at Lake Bogoria.