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  • Hello Rob, we able to get within 25 yards of four of the big 5 (Leopard the exception none seen), and numerous other close encounters with antelope, hippo, hyena, warthog, the classics with Kitonga on Lewa Walking Wild being 1) tracking two male lion for best part two hours and then after it was clear to Kitonga they had split, he only peeked round a thicket to find one of them sunbathing his undercarriage about 15/20 yards away and it did not know we were there until his brother roared from 40/50 yards away and they both ran off, and 2) getting into a downwind position from a mother white rhino and her sub adult kids (3 years and 6 years per Kitonga) and they finally realised something was there when we were 15 yards apart. The mother for a minute or two continuously put one step forward and then back again as if she was indecisive whether to charge but clearly could not see what we were. Kitonga finally clicked his fingers and the rhino retreated 30 yards or so and then stared at us as if to think “what the hell was that”. Basically what I am saying is that I absolutely loved it and when mates who asked how much it cost I said it was well worth it. So many thanks Rob your message got through to Kenya loud and clear as to what I wanted and I got it!

    Graham from Essex spent two weeks on three different walking safaris in Kenya
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The Great Rift Valley

Running from north to south through the heart of Kenya, the Great Rift Valley is most famous for the alkaline and fresh water lakes which are found along its length at various intervals – Turkana in the north, followed by Baringo, Bogoria, Nakuru, Elmentaita, Naivasha to Natron on the border with Tanzania.

The alkaline lakes such as Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elmentaita and Lake Natron are rich in blue-green algae which attracts vast flocks of greater and lesser flamingos, whilst the less alkaline lakes Baringo and Turkana are home to populations of hippo and crocodile, and together with Lake Naivasha (fresh water) a wide range of water birds. The two lakes most commonly visited are Nakuru and Naivasha.

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the lakes, at 6000’ above sea level, and although surrounded by volcanic mountains, the lake is fresh water. It covers an area of around 115 sq.kms., and is one of the most picturesque in Africa. More than 300 species of birds can be seen. To the south of the lake lies the dormant volcano, Longonot (which can be climbed), and Hell’s Gate Gorge National Park, whilst to the west, numerous, infrequently visited, smaller crater lakes can be found. On the south shore of the lake is Elsamere, Joy Adamson’s former home and now a Conservation Centre. Naivasha is the centre of the Kenyan cut-flower industry.

Of all the Great Rift Valley Lakes, the 200 sq. km. Nakuru National Park is most associated with traditional big game-viewing. The lakeshore and surrounding acacia woodland is a sanctuary for wildlife, especially both black and white rhino, and the rare Rothschild giraffe. However, the park is perhaps best known for the pink sheen which covers the lake – the flamingo population. Whilst Lake Nakuru is a beautiful park with great game-viewing, its location (proximity to Nairobi and on the main route for safaris visiting both the north and Masai Mara) and small size does lay it open to being busy and over-crowded.

For further information on safaris to the Great Rift Valley and surrounding areas please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari experts.

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