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The Great Rift Valley and Lakes

Breathtaking natural scenery combines with some of Africa’s most memorable wildlife. The Great Rift Valley is a highlight of any trip to Kenya. A huge geological fault-line, the Great Rift Valley stretches round one-sixth of the Earth’s circumference. Along its lengths are volcanoes, most now dormant.

The main lakes of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley include Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Magadi and Lake Victoria. The area is a birdwatcher’s paradise with a plethora of bird species.

Lake Nakuru National Park is a fenced area, which provides a sanctuary to one of the largest populations of rhinos in Kenya, as well as Rothschild’s giraffes, leopards and lions. The alkaline lake often attracts flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and terns.

Over 240 species of birds have been recorded in and around the freshwater lake of Lake Naivasha. The best time for bird watching is from October to March when the migrant birds from Europe inhabit the area.

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