Attraction Description

Lake Bogoria is a saline, alkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region in a half-graben basin south of Lake Baringo, Kenya, a little north of the equator.


Lying just south of the equator, Lake Bogoria is 239 km (148mi) northwest of Nairobi.


Daytime temperatures average 28oC/82oF, although it can get chilly in the evenings. January and February are very dry with occasional rains from September through May.

Best time to visit:

When there are lots of flamingoes! The birds usually arrive when the lake is low, August to October. Unfortunately, this is not always predictable. The good news is that there are usually a substantial number of these bright pink birds flocking to the lake most of the time.

Operating Hours:

The reserve is open early, from 08:00Hrs to 1800Hrs.

Getting there:

You can book a tour with Kenya Tru Nomads from Nairobi, about 4 ½ hours by car.

By air: There are no domestic to flights to Lake Bogoria.

Things to Do and See

Flamingo Watching

There is nothing quite like the sight of thousands or sometimes millions of glittering pink flamingoes blanketing the shallow lake. The birds will protectively move away when you approach… but if you settle in for a few minutes, they’ll shuffle back, like a great pastel postcard. The best photos are usually captured early or late in the day.


Taking a bicycle safari around the lake is a great way to appreciate the diversity of land and wildlife found here. You’ll find yourself cycling past hot springs and boiling geysers.

Boil an Egg

Care to try out your cooking skills at the lake? Just outside the reserve, local women sell raw eggs for curious visitors. You can take your egg and submerge it in the hot springs to make your own hard-boiled… or soft-boiled egg.

Kesubo Swamp

Lying just outside Lake Bogoria in the north is Kesubo Swamp, a wonderful spot for birdwatching. Over 200 species have been spotted here.

Lake Baringo

Just north of Bogoria lies Lake Baringo, a freshwater lake that is home to hundreds of bird species. Look for owls, herons and hornbills. Plus, crocs and hippos.

Visit Lake Bogoria National Reserve

With its wild and barren shores, plus rich and colourful birdlife, Lake Bogoria is a reserve that few have visited yet many have experienced through amazing photographs. You can witness up close this reserve of steaming hot springs, erupting geysers and seas of flamingoes.

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