Flamingos in Kenya – Lake Bogoria
When it comes to flamingos in Kenya, Lake Nakuru is one of the popular destinations and included in many Kenya safari tours promising numerous flamingo sightings. However, the truth is that flamingos are migratory birds and depending on the conditions they can be in any of the East African Rift Valley Lakes. With the large scale flower farming large flamingo flocks move to the other soda lake north of Lake Nakuru, known as Lake Bogoria.
Lake Bogoria may not be the popular destination for flamingos in Kenya but truly the ultimate place to the lesser flamingos. Lake Bogoria formerly known as Lake Hannington is a saline, alkaline lake in Kenya that is at times home to one of the world’s largest population of lesser flamingos. Lake Bogoria is one of the habitats to flamingos alongside other places like Lake Nakuru, Lake Elmenteita, Lake Logipi in the north and Lake Magadi in the south.
Located in Baringo County, the lake is a Ramsar site within Lake Bogoria National Reserve protected ever since November 1973. The lake is shallow about 10 m depth and about 34 km long by 3.5 km wide, with a drainage basin of 700 square kilometers. Lake Bogoria has hotsprings and geysers on the western shore of the lake. Water in the lake is derived heavy rains and the numerous springs feeding the lake. When the water levels are low, that’s when the lesser flamingos take advantage to flock the lake shores.
Lake Bogoria isn’t the usual lake that sparkles with hues of blue, the lake is pink because of the color of the flamingos. From a distance or an upper view it may seem like the park is filled with pink candy floss, however, on getting closer you realize this is actually a flamboyance of lesser flamingos.
Best Time to Visit Lake Bogoria
Lake Bogoria offers a year round enjoyment, however, the best time of the year is during the long dry season from July to October. During this time, the rainfall reduces and this limits the drinking water that is available to animals and therefore they tend to congregate around the few remaining fresh watering holes. In some years though, the reserve has an unusual weather pattern of long rains in July and August. During the dry season, this time coincides with summer breaks and therefore there are increased numbers of tourists.
During the rainy season water levels increase and this may increase the chemistry of the lake which in turn changes the abundance of food sources. Due to this, the large numbers of flamingos for which the lake is known for may not be present.
Lake Bogoria generally has fewer visitor numbers than Lake Nakuru and Naivasha. However, with the decreasing number of flamingo numbers in Lake Nakuru because of water levels, Lake Bogoria remains a better option for uninterrupted photography and safari experiences.
With the fact that flamingos can migrate due to changes in conditions sometimes migrating to Lake Suguta, Lake Natron in Tanzania, it is recommended to be aware of where to find large flocks during different times. Jewel Safaris has expertise in planning these tours in Kenya and therefore will allocate you a professional guide who will ensure a visit to the right lakes with flamingos in Kenya.
If your interest is flamingos, then Kenya is quite a fairy tale place to have a glimpse of these beautiful birds. However, if you have a greater safari interest including activities like Tanzania wildlife safaris, Uganda gorilla safaris, Rwanda gorilla tours, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching and any other adventure trip in East Africa, then contact Jewel Safaris for all bookings.