Lake

Lake Elementaita

A serene soda lake renowned for its flamingo flocks and hot springs.

Kenya
Location
June to September
Best Time to Visit
1,800 m
Altitude

About Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita, nestled in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, is a picturesque soda lake that attracts vast numbers of flamingos, pelicans, and over 400 other bird species, making it a birdwatcher's paradise. Beyond its avian allure, the lake is enveloped in history and natural beauty, with the nearby Kekopey hot springs and the remnants of the colo...

When to go

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Seasons

June - September
Best time to go
Prime birdwatching season.
March - May
Low Season
The long rains bring lush scenery but may limit access to certain areas due to muddy conditions.
January - February
October - November
Shoulder Season
Short rains and dry periods provide a balance between wildlife viewing and scenic beauty.
June - September
High Season
Dry weather enhances wildlife viewing and birdwatching opportunities, with minimal rainfall.

What to do

Wildlife

The area around Lake Elementaita is teeming with birdlife, including flamingos and pelicans, with occasional wildlife sightings such as zebras and gazelles on the conservancy grounds.

Lion

Not Present

Elephant

Occasional

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Rare

Hippo

Not Present

Hyena

Rare

Leopard

Rare

Giraffe

Occasional

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Occasional

Wildebeest

Occasional

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Visitors should ensure they are up-to-date with routine vaccinations and take precautions against malaria. While the area is generally safe, it's advisable to follow guidelines and respect wildlife and natural features.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Lake Elementaita is accessible by air via the nearest airstrip at Nakuru, followed by a short road transfer, or directly by road from Nairobi, offering a scenic route into the Rift Valley.
Getting Around
Exploring the area is best done by vehicle, with many lodges offering guided tours and transfers to key attractions around the lake and within the conservancy.
Visas
From 1 January 2024, Kenya has implemented an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system, abolishing traditional visa requirements. Most visitors must obtain an eTA prior to travel, except citizens from exempted countries. The eTA is valid for single entry but allows re-entry from other EAC countries if still valid.
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