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Day trip to Lake Bogoria National Reserve

(2 hours away ~ 145 km)
Lake Bogoria is one of those incredibly desolate and beautiful landscapes - a scenic park rather than a wildlife haven. It epitomises the Great Rift Valley sunk down between fault lines, the steep escarpments dropping away to this long green soda lake. The water is so viscous that the reflections of the surrounding cliffs and hills are amazing.

 Our favourite approach is from the south end through the sisal plantations of Mogotio and down through Emsos Gate. This little used track is a 4x4 route only. On entering the national reserve one is treated to a stunning view of the lake, little dik diks flit across the road, and hornbills calls echo up the valley. At the bottom of the hill is a sharp junction to the right that takes you across a small clear-water stream to the giant Fig Tree grove on the very southern tip of the lakeshore - a lovely serene natural cathedral of shade where you can get out and stretch your legs

Backtrack over the stream to the junction and turn right to continue north. After Acacia Campsite you will see a little used track on your right where the main track cuts up the hill to the left - take this and drive slowly looking for the elusive Greater Kudu that frequent this headland. You will join up with the main track and be faced with the choice of the high road or the lakeshore road. When lake levels are high the lakeshore option is often flooded so the high road is the only option.

All along the lakeshore are geothermal steam jets - geysers. The best examples of these are halfway up the lake on the western shore. Here the water boils to the surface releasing clouds of sulphurous steam. Often these are surrounded by Lesser Flamingos who feed on these algae rich waters.

 

We like to put a few fresh chicken eggs into an old rugby sock, tie that to the end of a stick and suspend the eggs in the boiling water. 11 minutes, and we get beautifully cooked hard-boiled eggs. If you do this, PLEASE don't litter the area with eggshells, they take far too long to break down and are really unsightly.

By this time you will be really feeling the heat so we recommend you exit the park via the northern Loboi Gate and just after the noisy bridge turn left into the lake Bogoria Hotel. Here they have a hot spa pool fed by one of the hot springs, and there is nothing nicer than immersing yourself in this with an ice cool drink. Each time you surface the evaporation off your shoulders has an instantly cooling and refreshing effect. The Hotel also serve snacks, but order well in advance as service is a bit slow.

Float around here until it is time to go home. Bliss. Leave by 4.00 pm, turn left out of the hotel, and left again on the main Baringo road to get back to Kembu on the tarmac.