Where is the Bogoria lake

Lake Bogoria: A paradise for flamingos

What makes Lake Bogoria so special? And when is the best time to visit the species-rich lake in Kenya? You will find the answers in our series "Dream place of the day"

Where is Bogoriasee?

Lake Bogoria is located around 180 kilometers northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi and is part of the East African Rift Valley. The body of water is about 17 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide, and it is also part of the Bogoria National Reserve.

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What makes the species-rich lake in Kenya so special?

Nobody goes to Lake Bogoria to swim. Thanks to its geysers, the water is up to 70 degrees Celsius in some places and so salty and mineral-rich that it is corrosive. Unless you are a Lesser Flamingo - the birds, numbering in the millions, do not mind the footbath. The thin legs withstand the aggressive water, the beaks are also perfect for filtering the cyanobacterium Arthrospira, the favorite food of the pink waterfowl. Humans like it too, under the name "Spirulina" it is considered a superfood. In addition to the flamingos, there are 135 species of birds that make Lake Bogoria particularly interesting for ornithologists. But photographers also appreciate the lake, because the play of colors between the pink plumage of the flamingos, the desert sun and the lake is a popular photo motif.

In the bank area, acacia forests and papyrus swamps form habitats for mammals such as impalas, dikdiks, antelopes, zebras and warthogs. The lake is easy to reach as a day tour from Nairobi. Most offers connect Lake Bogoria with further discoveries along the rift valley. Because the lake landscape in the Great Rift Valley has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011.

When is the best time to visit Lake Bogoria?

Birdwatchers will be happy any time of the year. However, there is no guarantee that flamingos and how many will be there. The rainy season around Nairobi is between mid-March and May.