Lake Bogoria

18. 03. 02
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Lake Bogoria is located about three hours north of Nakuru in Bogoria National Reserve. It is one of the three famous rift valley lakes in Kenya. The high levels of evaporation have left

Lake Bogoria is located about three hours north of Nakuru in Bogoria National Reserve. It is one of the three famous rift valley lakes in Kenya. The high levels of evaporation have left behind high minerals and salts. Because of these very high mineral levels, the lake can not contain any fish and is not healthy for swimming. However the lake attracts large numbers of flamingos because of the rich blue-green algae that flamingos like.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve has 135 species of birds. Like Lake Nakuru thousands of flamingoes, greater kudu, impala, buffalo, zebras, klipspringer and leopards attract visitors to the reserve. In the recent past, it has become most stable home of the lesser flamingo with a population approaching two million birds. This is in addition to more than 310 resident and 50 migratory species of birds – 374 bird species have been recorded.
It is also the home of Africa’s most magnificent antelope, the greater kudu, and of other savannah wildlife: Zebra, impala, Grant’s gazelle, Klipspringer, buffalo, dik dik and Patas monkey, among others. Predators include the leopard, cheetah, hyena, mongoose, jackal and Karakul cat.

Most animals are seen early in the morning or in late afternoon due to the hot weather conditions. It has a closed drainage system, meaning that the water is alkaline supports only microscopic algae with no fish. In 2000, Lake Bogoria was named the third RAMSAR site in Kenya

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