The Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley

The Rift Valley is a geological and a geographical wonder of the world; a valley that stretches all the way from northern Syria and down south to Mozambique in East Africa.

The valley was formed roughly 20 million years ago due to the movement in the earth’s crust causing the plate to split along the fault lines and the middle plate sank downward forming the Great Rift Valley. The movement was followed by an eruption of several volcanoes which led to the formation of several volcanic mountains and lakes including Lake Tanganyika, the deepest lake in the world, and Lake Victoria, the second-largest fresh water lake in the world

The valley divides Kenya down the length of the entire country. It contains all from uninhabitable desert, flat arid plains, steep cliffs and slopes, and in some areas, very fertile farmland, plus the valley is famous for its early archeological discoveries at Lake Turkana in Kenya of ancient hominoid, dating back some two and half million years ago.

The Valley is popular for its beauty, due to its staggering views with a spectacular scenery and a wide variety of wildlife, dormant volcanic Mountains plus its home to several geyser spewing lakes in Kenya.

The Kenyan Lakes along the Valley are quite secular and are for sure one of the reasons why you should visit Kenya, they are full of life and great for fun plus they are surrounded by national parks that are great for game viewing and bird watching.


Some of the places in the Valley that are a must see includes

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination.

The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Columbus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleeps the day out in the shallows. The lake is also a short distance from Hells Gate National Park.

Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria contains the highest concentration of true geysers in Africa at least 18 are known. The lake waters are alkaline and saline, and lake has no surface outlet so the water becomes saline mainly through evaporation, which is high in this semi-arid region.

Lake Bogoria waters contain the blue-green algae which tend to attract thousands of flamingoes seasonally and turn the shores pink.Learn more.

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is mostly famous for the beautiful display of thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos joined together in a single flock that forms a uniformly shifting pink blanket, over the shores of the lake.

The flamingos moves back and forth in Unisom as they feed on algae that forms on the base of the alkaline lake. The beauty of the lake is even more breath taking as the birds take flight forming pink cloud over the lake.Learn more...

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