Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Bogoria lies just south of Lake Baringo but contrasts sharply with Baringo’s green and lush surroundings. This soda lake, with its shores of hot springs, boiling geysers and steam jets, stark evidence of the volcanic origins of the Rift Valley, lies hidden behind ridge after ridge of barren stony scrubland. Although primarily scenic, Bogoria is by no means devoid of wildlife. Birds are plentiful and, at times, when the waters of Lake Nakuru are low, thousands of flamingo make this their home. On the north-eastern shore the elusive Greater Kudu can be found. Lake Bogoria National Reserve is owned and managed by Baringo County Council with assistance from KWS. The reserve covers 114 km2 and is famous for spectacular hotsprings and geysers. To the east of the reserve is the scenic Siracho escarpment that descends steeply to the lake shore.

Hot and dry, most of the reserve is occupied by the lake and the remaining areas are covered by bushed grasslands except the lake’s south shore which has an acacia-ficus woodland. The northern shore has a papyrus swamp.

The reserve is unique because of its herd of the rare Greater Kudu. There are also buffalos, zebras, impalas, dik diks and many small mammals. Bogoria is also an area of significant ornithological interest with 135 species of birds recorded. Like in Nakuru, the alkaline lake waters allow growth of blue-green algae that periodically attracts thousands of flamingoes.