Rift Valley Lakes – There is a place in Africa where the wound of a great rupture promises abundant life in its healing. It is a place of brooding mountains, of Great Plains and whispering lakes. A place that attracts a diversity of life to its wonders. It was once believed to be the place of the birthplace of consciousness in mankind.
Echoes of our Past
Lakes of pink, mountains of the moon and also plains of plenty. They are all part of this natural wonder we know today as the Great Rift Valley. It is also a place that echoes our past, a place where the distant memories of our beginnings rise from the deep recesses of our sub-conscious and also send shivers through the body.
But it is also a place of incredible beauty and this beauty is nowhere better illustrated than in the Kenyan Rift Valley lakes. This is where wildlife is prolific and also the birdlife beyond compare.
The Great Rift Valley stretches from the Arabian Peninsula down the continent thereafter into Southern Africa.
Eight lakes make up the Kenya Rift Valley Lake system, also two of which are freshwater and the rest alkaline. The large flocks of flamingoes for which the Kenyan lakes are famous are also found on the alkaline soda lakes feeding on tiny crustaceans.
The eight lakes that make up the Kenya Rift Valley are:
- Lake Turkana – the world’s largest alkaline lake and the furthest north of the Kenyan lakes. Lake Logipi – shallow hot-spring fed soda lake south of Lake Turkana. Lake Baringo – freshwater and the second largest of the Kenyan Rift Valley lakes. Lake Bogoria – shallow soda lake and now a national reserve. Lake Nakuru – shallow soda lake and a national park since 1968. Lake Elmenteita – shallow soda lake. Lake Naivasha – freshwater and the highest of all the Rift Valley lakes at 1884 m above sea level. Lake Magadi – shallow soda lake near the southern border with Tanzania
There are four lakes in Tanzania that are part of the Rift Valley Lake system. For Example the alkaline lakes Natron, Manyara, Eyasi and Makati