Overview – Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Bogoria National Reserve is in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, covering Lake Bogoria and the land quickly encompassing the lake. The Reserve is overwhelmed by prickly bushland of acacia and the open shores of the lake are overwhelmed by fields while the sedge cyperus is around the natural aquifers. They are the tremendous flocks of flamingoes who visit the still waters of the lake to benefit from the green growth.

  • Wildlife4 Animals

  • High SeasonNever gets crowded

  • Best Time to GoJune to February

Pros & Cons

  • Beautiful scenery in the Rift Valley
  • Beautiful birding experience with many waterbirds, including flocks of flamingos
  • Very remote destination and fewer crowds
  • Wildlife sightings are very rare
  • Single road available to explore the shore of the lake
  • There is no accommodation available inside the park

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Wildlife & Animals – Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Overgrazing because of domesticated animal infringement is a major issue in the reserve, and there is next to no wildlife to be seen. The Burchell's Zebra, impalas, gazelles and warthogs can be seen on the fields. Vervet monkeys and olive baboons can be seen around the hot springs and camping areas and the predators like leopards, spotted hyenas and mongooses are hots of the reserve as well. Well evolved Mammals once in a while experienced are impala, dik-dik, zebra, Grant's gazelle and warthog.

Wildlife Highlights

The greater Kudu (king of the antelopes) can be seen across the forests or spotted resting under acacia trees. Although, these wonderful antelope are extremely shy and you should be fortunate to see them. Sunset and sunrise are the best occasions for a possible experience.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Lake Bogoria National Reserve can be visited consistently, yet wildlife viewing may be more troublesome from April to August during the wet season. During this time, rain may meddle with your game drives and the grass will be in general extremely high making animal spotting more troublesome.

Birds – Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Around 350 bird species have been recorded in the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. The grey-crowned crane is the most elegant of birds and will be seen engaging in courtship dances when they gather in flocks during the breeding seasons when numerous pairs and mate-seeking adults assemble. The main attraction is an estimated two million lesser flamingos which flock in the shallow waters feeding on algae. The common ostrich is plentiful on the lake shores, and around the swamps are the black-headed herons, sacred ibis and hadada. Few water birds are at the lake because it is highly saline.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Lake Bogoria is a bird-watching utopia and produces good birding year-round, but the best time is from November to April – during these months migrants from Europe and North Africa are present. This coincides with the breeding season when many species are nesting. Although good for birding, April tends to be very wet and isn’t recommended for general wildlife viewing.

Best Time to Visit – Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Bogoria is not a conventional safari destination. The best ideal opportunity to visit is when there are bunches of flamingos, however, this is erratic. However, there are generally a lot of flamingos, which makes it beneficial to visit at any time of the year.

  • Best Time

    June to February

  • High Season

    never gets crowded

  • Low Season

    never gets crowded

  • Best Weather

    September to March

  • Worst Weather

    April to August

May to October (Dry Season)

  • Rarely gets hot, Most of the time it's sunny & dry
  • Flamingos can be spotted very easily
  • There is a lot of dust in the air because it is very dry
  • The sky is hazy and the scenery isn’t as pretty

May to October (Wet Season)

  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • Flamingos can be spotted very easily
  • Rain in April and May will sometimes come in between your planned activities
  • Roads become sloppy and difficult to travel

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