The Great Rift Valley which runs through Africa has much romance to it’s history – many of the first Great Explorers discovered some of the earth’s most beautiful lakes here, all of which offer you the chance to see Africa’s raw beauty at it’s best. Some of the more famous lakes like Lake Manyara and Lake Naivasha are easy to reach, and offer a tranquil start to a trip around Kenya or Tanzania – but there are many other Great Rift Valley lakes which are even more beautiful, and although you might spend half a day getting there you certainly won’t regret it. Here are our top five off-the-beaten-track Great Rift Valley lakes:
Lake Baringo in Kenya is home to the Pokot tribe and is full of hippos and crocodiles. The lake is surrounded by dusty and wild bush and has pockets of tiny islands within it which make a fantastic holiday destination or camp site. Te cry of fish eagles here can be heard for miles and only adds to the sheer romanticism of the wildness of this area.
Lake Turkana is very special, not least because it’s the world’s largest permanent desert lake and largest alkaline lake, but because it sits in one of the most remote spots of Northern Kenya, and crosses into Ethiopia. Only the most intrepid of explorers make it up here but what they find will never leave them. Here the lake is a different colour from every angle and the harsh desert environment that surrounds it is not for the faint hearted – safaris here are other-worldly.
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