Lakes of Kenya

Lakes in Kenya are found fresh and salt, and none is like the other. Each offers something different, special.
One of the most famous lakes in Kenya is Nakuru. (90 km from Nairobi) The waters of this lake contain a high concentration of soda, which causes a special microflora and fauna.

The famous landscape of Nakuru is a living carpet of hundreds of thousands of flamingos, a soft pink ocean surrounded by hills and covered with a low sky that seems to be reachable by hand. In addition to birds, rhinos, antelopes are most often found here; lions, leopards, and waterbucks live in the national park.

According to recipesinthebox, Lake Naivasha is a paradise for bird lovers. Lies between Nairobi and the lake. Nakuru. Near the lake is one of the extinct volcanoes Longonot. Fresh and fresh water of the lake attracts more than 400 species of birds. The area of ​​this lake occupies 114 square kilometers, papyrus and acacias grow along its banks, giraffes, herds of zebras and buffalo roam here.

Hippos and crocodiles are very fond of Lake Baringo. This lake is located in the north of Kenya and is an oasis among the barren deserts characteristic of this part of the country. The area adjacent to the lake has long been inhabited by the people of the Njemp tribe, who graze their herds and fish. In general, there are unusually many fish in Baringo, which attracts pelicans here.

The fresh waters of the lake reflect, like a mirror, breathtaking views of volcanic rocks. This lake is best explored by boat. So you can observe birds and other aquatic inhabitants closer. In the middle of the lake rises a large stone island Ol Kokwe, where you can also live in a special camp, next to the settlement of the Njemp tribe.

Lake Victoria

The largest lake in Africa, the territory of this lake occupies 67,493 sq. km. As large as two Wales, it forms a natural border between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We can say that it is located right in the heart of the African continent, from which the great river Nile originates. In the 19th century, the riddle of the Nile was one of the great ones, and haunted Africanists. Many expeditions went in search of a solution to this mystery, many got lost and disappeared. But one day, one of the desperate seekers, John Hanning Speke, reached the shores of the lake in 1858. The mystery is solved: the Nile carries its waters of the lake north to Egypt, and there it dissolves into the Mediterranean Sea.

The lake’s bountiful waters are rich in fish, sparkling and shiny flocks of variegated capentas and large Nile groupers (Nile perch), local people say that it can reach the size of a man and weigh under 200 kg. Nyanza Province is home to the Luo people, a tribe known as avid fishermen. Fishing attracts many tourists to Lake Victoria, most fishing enthusiasts come here for the Nile perch, the famous and honorary trophy of any angler. On the territory of the lake there are islands on which lodges are arranged to receive tourists. The main city of the province is Kisumu, the third largest in Kenya (after Nairobi and Mombasa). A quiet port city, with wide streets and beautiful colonial architecture. The southern coastline from Kisumu to Homa Bay is lined with fishing villages.

In the southern region of Victoria is home to the Ruma National Park, a small but very attractive and quiet area of ​​wildlife.
The best way to experience the beauty of this region is to live on the lake. The sun shines brightly, and the waters of the lake reflect a gentle breeze…. In the trees along the coast, Fish Eagles begin to make a drawling cry, about to hunt. And here, the setting sun colored the waters of the lake in a golden color, and the fishermen, pulling out the nets and, slowly, direct their canoes to the shore…
There are three islands on the lake: Mfangano, Rusinga and Takawiri, as the Kenyans themselves call them, islands of heavenly peace and silence, broken only by the splash of water and the singing of birds, paradise, respectively. On these islands you can find hippos floating like large barrels near the shore, also here, on the islands, monkeys, crocodiles live, and fishermen eagles soar in the sky.
If you decide to stop on one of the islands, you should definitely go for a walk and watch the bird life. From the island of Rusinga, you can go to explore the neighboring islets of Mbasa and Molo (Mbasa & Mholo Islands), where numerous colonies of water birds live and breed. The excursion is especially good at sunset, when the air is literally filled with the sound of bird voices and wings.

Lake Turkana

In the very north of Kenya, near the borders with Ethiopia, there is a jade sea – Lake Turkana. This place is the most remote, you need to have enough time to get to this area. But if you visit these places, your determination will be crowned with a generous reward of indelible impressions. Lake Turkana is a miracle of nature, the largest lake in the desert (6405 sq. km.). Its expanses of water stretch continuously for 250 km. that’s more than the entire Kenyan coast combined. The lake feeds the aboriginal tribes living within its borders, who still preserve their culture and traditions due to their remoteness from settlements. Here everything is a little different than in the rest of Kenya, more and more often you can meet a camel and animals that have adapted to live in the desert.

Lakes of Kenya