Great flocks of flamingos and pelicans, dhows and fishing canoes, traditional villages, flower farms, tiny tropical islands, game reserves - the Rift Valley Lakes sustain an enormous diversity of life in their waters and on their shores. And, neighbouring the Rift Valley and forming a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, is the biggest lake of all, Lake Victoria.
Reasons to visit the Rift Valley Lakes & Lake Victoria include:
If you want to see the beautiful bright pink flamingos flock here in their millions then January and February is the best time to visit. March, September and October are also considered a good time in this area. If you want to avoid the rains then it’s best to give April, May and November a miss.
The rift valley and the lakes are easily accessible by road. Depending on your routing, flying between locations in light aircraft could also be possible.
There are various options in this area. Rusinga Island Lodge is a good option for Lake Victoria. Sunbird Lodge is a small, friendly lodge at Lake Elementaita that we rather like. There are plenty of options to suit everyone.
Chui Lodge is set in a private wildlife sanctuary which is home to a great range of wildlife near Lake Naivasha.
Friendly colonial house near Lake Naivasha with a huge range of activities.
Loldia House is on a ranch in the north western part of Lake Naivasha in a tranquil rift valley setting.
Mfangano Island Camp is a peaceful getaway on Lake Victoria consisting of just 6 rooms, all set on the water's edge.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.
Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.
Visas are required for European passport holders.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.