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What to see in The Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley Attractions


The Great Rift Valley is a remarkable geological feature and a very popular tourism region in Kenya. The main attractions of the Great Rift Valley are the wonderful national parks and safari opportunities enabled by the wealth of wildlife; it is a particularly good area for bird watchers due to the string of alkaline lakes which attract flamingos, pelicans and many other species to the scenic valley.

The freshwater ecosystems at Lake Naivasha and Baringo, the nature reserve at Lake Bogoria, and the Nakuru National Park are a source of endless fascination, teeming with an incredible diversity of birds and large concentrations of animals. At these destinations visitors can go on water safaris and get up close to the teeming wildlife on the lakes.

Hell's Gate National Park boasts noticeably different landscapes to the parks centred on the lake system and is the place to go if you want to learn about the geological formation of the region and the local mythology that surrounds the rock features and hot springs. Hell's Gate is also special because visitors are allowed to walk or cycle among the wildlife.

Other worthwhile things to see in the Great Rift Valley include the Elsamere Conservation Centre, which showcases the life of Joy Adamson and the lioness Elsa, of Born Free fame, and any number of wonderful lookout points from which to admire the valley and take photographs.


Hells Gate National Park

Named for the pair of massive red cliffs of the Njorowa Gorge that encloses a geothermic area of hot springs and steam…

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Lake Naivasha and Elsamere

Along the southern shore of Lake Naivasha is the former home of naturalist and painter Joy Adamson, author of Born…

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Lake Nakuru National Park

Although tiny, this park has a high concentration of game with everything wildlife enthusiasts could wish for except…

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