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Exploring the historical attractions of Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita, a historic gem in Kenya's Rift Valley


On the Eastern part of Rift Valley is UNESCO World Heritage accredited Lake Elementaita – an alkaline lake – sandwiched between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. Lake Elementaita is one of the oldest lakes in Kenya, dating back to 12 million years ago.

The beauty of Lake Elementaita is its serenity and historic volcanic activity at the 48,000-acre Soysambu Conservancy defined by a panoramic volcanic landscape. There are several craters with lava flow and plugs. The volcano treats you to volcanic hills, acacia woodlands and grasslands flanked by indigenous Euphorbia, Candelabra and Warburgia fever trees.

Towards the southern end of the lake is the magical Kekopey Hot Springs touted to be one of the channels for ivory and slave trade during the pre-colonial era.

Soysambu is an active harbour for wildlife – estimated to be 15,000 – and a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild giraffes and colobus monkeys. There are also herds of predators, plain game such as the rare steinboks, bush pigs, golden-striped jackals and bushbucks.

There are over 450 species of birds, part of them the European migratory birds and Flamingos seen during bird excursions. There are day and night game drives offered at the conservancy.

July to October and January to February are the best months to visit the conservancy as it is relatively dry making it easy to sight animals at the watering points. It also makes moving around the park easy compared to the wet season when some terrains in the park are impassable.

The wet season which kicks off between November to December, March to June give tourists a rare opportunity to see antelopes giving birth.

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