Lake Elementaita is an attraction in the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley. This soda lake is about 120km from Nairobi, situated in dusty plains on the gorge’s floor. Lake Elementeita is a World Heriatge Site as it is part of the Kenya Lake Systems in the Great Rift Valley. The lake was also listed as a Ramsar Site in 2005 resulting from the signficant population of the Lesser Flamingo on Elementaita.
The nearest town is Gilgil. The lake yields an enchanting panorama of the Great Rift Valley. On the southern edge of the lake is Kekopey hot springs.
This lake has about 400 species of birds. They include both the Greater and Lesser flamingos as well as fishing birds such as pelicans and herons.
Around the lake, you will spot zebras, elands, and gazelles peacefully grazing. During the rainy season when the lake levels rises, there are a few hippo colonies.
Enjoy a road trip from Lake Nakuru National Park's Nderit Gate which is near Lake Nakuru Lodge. If driving from Nairobi, the Nairobi - Nakuru highway is scenic with views of the Lakes Naivasha and Elementaita.
Both trips take 90 minutes.
This soda lake is visible from the highway when driving from Nairobi to Naivasha. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the best birding destinations in the Great Rift. It has over 400 species of birds, which include two varieties of flamingos. There are also other animals around the lake such as zebras, gazelles and elands.
There are so many fun things to do in Lake Elementeita. You can go horse riding or tour the forest around the lake to see zebras, gazelles, elands, warthogs and impalas.
Hot air balloon safaris are common for visitors to see the pink blanket of flamingos that cover the lake.
Adult KSH 500
Child KSH 200
Car KSH 200
Guide KSH 300
Hot air ballooning USD420 per hour per person