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LAKE BOGORIA NATIONAL RESERVE

Since Lake Nakuru dried up considerably in 1995 and continued to do so during 1996, most of the flamingos were forced to migrate to other lakes. Many of them came to Bogoria where the estimated population is currently around one million, most of them at the southern end of the lake. The situation has changed over the recent years, as Lake Nakuru fills up again and many flamingos return to Lake Nakuru. The other attractions of Lake Baringo are the hot springs and geysers about three-quarters of the way along the lake going south. They are comparable with those at Rotorua in New Zealand but if you have never seen geysers before then this is the place. The springs are boiling hot so do not put your barefoot or hand into them unless you want to nurse scalds for the next couple of weeks. The land to the west of the lake is a hot and relatively barren wilderness of rocks and scrub, and animals are few and far between though you will almost always catch sight of small herds of Thomson’s gazelle and you may be lucky to see the greater kudu, impala or klipspringer. The eastern side of the lake is dominated by the face of the north-eastern extremities of the Aberdares. Lake Bogoria is a very peaceful place not much visited by tourists so you will probably have the park for yourself, though this might change depending on the flamingos.