The Great Rift Valley consists of eight lakes, many of which are well known as they have been featured on some amazing wildlife documentaries.
The Great Rift Valley that runs through Eastern Africa spans from the beautiful country of Ethiopia in the north to magical Malawi in the south. Some of the world’s oldest, largest and deepest lakes can be found here - and Kenya has eight of them for you to explore! The main lakes in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley Lakes include Lake Magadi, Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. You’ll have heard of these from all of those amazing wildlife documentaries, particularly about the huge herds of flamingos that can be found at Lake Nakuru. It is here that you can also find healthy populations of the endangered black rhino. Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake with a surface area of just under 70,000 km² but just 6% of the lake is actually found in Kenya. Lakes found within National Parks boast phenomenal safari opportunities and we can help guide you as to which you should include in your bespoke Tailormade Africa itinerary.
Great Rift Valley Lakes FAQs
What lakes are located in the Great Rift Valley?
The Great African Rift Valley Lakes in Kenya include Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Elmenteita, Lake Logipi, Lake Magadi, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Lake Turkana. Lake Turkana is the largest of the Kenyan lakes, followed by Lake Baringo. The southernmost lake in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya is Lake Magadi.
Where to stay while visiting the Great Rift Valley Lakes?
There are a few lovely spots to stay at when visiting the Great Rift Valley Lakes. The Great Rift Valley lodges we love are Loldia House for visits to the beautiful Lake Naivasha and Mbweha Camp for visits to Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Elementaita.
Set on the north-western shores of Lake Naivasha with spectacular views, Loldia House is a peaceful farmhouse retreat with a rich heritage, offering glimpses into a bygone era. Loldia House was completely refurbished in 2018 to refresh the classic elegance of a place steeped in history. A new infinity pool positioned on a rocky outcrop between two ancient fig trees has beautiful views out to the lake ... Read more
Mbweha Camp is only a few hours from Nairobi, yet feels right away from it all with its relaxed atmosphere. Ten rustic lava-stone cottages with thatched roofs are surrounded by euphorbia candelabra, yellow barked acacia and other indigenous trees. Mbweha Camp is nestled up against the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park with beautiful views over the Eburru and Mau ranges ... Read more
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