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  • Bob and Joan from Nottingham travelled around KenyaHi Michele, another fab. holiday & here’s a quick idea of the game situation. Meru was very green & we didn’t expect to see much but they knew of a previous lion kill so we saw them snacking on the remains on our 1st. game drive. The following morning we found 4 more from a different pride & then at breakfast Dominic caught a glimpse of one near a bush. We jolted down the hill & found 6 resting under a couple of bushes, another pride that they hadn’t known about. That made a total of 20 lions in 24 hours! There were lots of elephants & all the usual gang. At Steve’s camp there were lots (3 packs) of wild dogs with very good sightings. We had 2 good sightings of leopards – 3 of them posing beautifully for us. Kicheche had 2 very well fed cheetahs (on the night drive), 2 bat eared foxes & all the usual crowd. After I had told everyone that Ol Malo is our favourite camp despite not having much game I counted 22 elephants & 4 kudu from our room when we arrived – the official welcome committee! The next morning wild dogs again & posing very patiently for us & then they came back for a couple who were on the horses. We saw more game than ever before!Bob and Joan from Nottingham travelled around Kenya

    Bob and Joan from Nottingham travelled around 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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