Kenya: Bogoria Lake – Unique Flamingo Paradise – VIDEO
Shallow Lake Bogoria is about 50 km from Nakuru, Kenya. It lies in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, offering wonderful views. Especially here you will see a lot of waterbirds, including huge flocks of flamingos.
I arrived at Lake Bogoria by traveling on sunken, dusty and stony motorcycle paths. But you can quite easily use the asphalt road from the B4 road from the northwest. However, you still need a 4 × 4 car to drive through the park, and some sections along the lake will also allow experienced drivers. Don't be fooled that the road on the map looks like a road, you're still in Africa.
The lake, like many others in the Great Rift Valley, has no drain. Moreover, because it is largely supplied by salt and very alkaline thermal springs, its water is very salty. In the middle of the lake, closer to the mountains, you will even see springs that rise directly into the lake and form small geysers. Search the map for a place called "Hot Springs".
The surrounding landscape, especially on the south side, has a very inhospitable impression, in some places it is almost a semi-desert. Even so, you can watch countless wading birds on the lake any time of the year, whether it be a gorgeous flock of flamingos, inconspicuous thin-billed or slightly repulsive marabou.
On my way across the park I have met several antilopes and monkeys. I crossed the area in the time of the highest drought and during the day. I expect that many wild animals bgin being active towards the sunset. Many more animals can be seen during the raining period.
I can highly recommend Zakayos Resort at the western entrance to the park. It offers a very nice price / quality ratio and the staff was one of the best.
If you continue west, stop at the National Park in the Kerio Valley, or drive through the valley - it's just worth looking at both the descent and the climb. Of course, do not miss Lake Nakuru, where besides lots of birds you will see animals from the "Big Five".
The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, boasts several unique features. The most interesting one for any visitor certainly is the national park of the same name. About 7 kilometers from the city center, over 100 square kilometers, you have the chance to see lions, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, zebras, ostriches or antelopes.
Kilimanjaro is the highest one. But it is said that Mount Kenya is definitely the nicest. I haven't been to "Killi" yet, but I will remember hitting and views of Mount Kenya for the rest of my life and I will be happy to come back. Just because of the glaciers less than 20 kilometers from the equator.
One of the most beautiful and perhaps the most surprising places you can visit in Kenya is the Mount Kenya National Park. You can come for a day and watch wild elephants, buffaloes or monkeys in the magnificent mountain forest, or try to conquer the Lenan peak rising to nearly 5000 meters, without need of any special climbing methods.
Already in the last episode you might have learned that Kenya is one of the largest tea producers in the world. Let's now take a look behind the walls of the tea factories where the fascinating transformation from green tea leaves to the form of tea we know in Europe takes place.
Kenya is one of the largest tea exporters in the world thanks to the British. The local mountains provide the ideal climate for its cultivation; Of course, as a tea lover, I couldn't visit the biggest tea area around Mt. Kenya before I left.
I flew to Africa for the first time. I did not expect anything from it. So Kenya could only surprise me. This choice was basically a coincidence. Within a month, I fell in love with her. I got a lot of new friends, experienced the beauty of wildlife, enjoyed the real adventure on a motorbike and strolled up to 5000 meters for an unforgettable sunrise. At least part of the experiences will share with you in the new series.
Leaving out Lake Naivasha during a visit to Kenya would be a sin. Unlike other national parks, you do not pay for entry, but you can almost certain that you will see hippos, plenty of waterfowl and probably buffaloes or giraffes in the immediate vicinity.
The first place I headed from the capital was Mount Longonot National Park. The 2 780-meter high volcano with an almost perfect crater offers a wonderful trek and the opportunity to see close enough wild animals. I set off right after sunrise and I did not regret it.
Another of the parks where I couldn't resist in Kenya and went wild, was relatively small Hell’s Gate in the immediate vicinity of Lake Naivasha. There are several canyons and lots of animals all year round. I was lucky to meet giraffes and dozens of buffaloes from a few meters away.
Nairobi ("a place where cold water is available") belongs to one of greatest towns in Africa. The British citadel, where the town was established (in the altitude of nearly 2000 metres above sea level), protected one of the first railway line (Mombasa-Victoria Lake) of the continent.