Hot spots are safaris in Kenya’s rift valley


The Rift Valley is the world’s largest continental fault system, stretching from the Dead Sea to Mozambique. In Kenya, the valley forms a large gap in the center of the country, from Turkana in the north to Lake Magada in the south. between them are a number of other lakes: Lake Bariga, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elmentayta and Lake Naivasha. Only two of them (Naivasha and Baringa) are freshwater lakes. The rest are shallow soda lakes.

Dozens of volcanoes erupted in and around the Rift Valley. Most of them are now extinct, but have left a mark on the landscape in the form of half-submerged islands, giant calderas and characteristic cone-shaped shapes that scatter the landscape. The Rift Valley evokes a sense of immense mystery and the power of time.

Most visitors to Kenya first see the Rift Valley when driving on the Nairobi-Naivasha road. This first sight is almost always a stunning surprise. After driving through the cool coniferous forests, you suddenly find yourself on the edge of the characteristic volcanic shape of Mount Longanot, which dominates the scene. Forty-eight miles across rises a dark blue shard on the other side of the valley. In terms of persistence, souvenir sellers are forced to return to reality

The Masai have been in the Rift Valley in Kenya for centuries. Today, the most popular tourist areas are around Lakes Naivasha, Nakuru and Baringa. All of these lakes of the Kenyan Rift Valley have multiple habitat options and are connected by a relatively good asphalt road. The lakes are known for their exceptional bird life, especially the pink flocks of flamingos that feed on soda lakes. National parks have been created around Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria.

Lake Naivasha area

Lake Naivasha, located 83 kilometers from Nairobi, is surprisingly the highest in the valley of rift lakes; Lake Naivasha (1888 meters) is at a higher altitude than Nairobi (1670 meters). This magnificent freshwater lake has large floating papyrus islands, mysteriously fluctuating water levels, a healthy hippopotamus population and a wonderful and diverse bird life. Its shores are lined with feverish trees with yellow bark and horticultural farms and vineyards. On Crescent Island there is a yacht club for swimming and windsurfing. Fishing is popular, and the lake even has freshwater rivers. Around the lake there are many places to relax, ranging from noisy hotels to guest houses. The proximity of Naivashi from Nairobi makes it ideal for a weekend getaway (or longer). The area has something to see and do.

Crescent Island

This small island in Lake Naivasha is the outer edge of a submerged volcano. on the island there is a private reserve where you can walk among wild animals

Hells Gate National Park

The geological formation of this park is particularly impressive with soaring red rocks, isolated volcanic plugs, sprawling meadows, dotted with game and business gorges where visitors can walk. At the far end of the park there is a geothermal project.

Elzamer Conservation Center

This former home of Joy Adamson, who was born at large, is now a residential conservation center. it is open to visitors for afternoon tea.

Crater Lake

A bright green lake formed in the caldera of the extinct volcano. It is a peaceful and remote place with a magnificent view.

Gara Longano

This extinct volcano has a path to the top and around the rim. There are magnificent views.