East Africa 2012

7½ months - with Melanie - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Lake Bogoria

November 7, 2012  —  Kenya
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
At the park entrance, a termite mound.

In Kenya, one of the most famous parks is Lake Nakuru because of its millions of flamingoes. However, the rains have been much more frequent than normal and caused many lakes to be flooded, including Lake Nakuru. Thus, flamingoes are not present at Lake Nakuru at this time.

The solution? Lake Bogoria, where thousands of flamingoes chose to migrate instead of going to Lake Nakuru. We visited the Lake Bogoria Reserve and we were very impressed by the numbers of flamingoes we have seen. Maybe not millions, but there were certainly some tens of thousands of them.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Greater flamingoes.

As for the other lakes in the region, Lake Bogoria was also flooded. However, this had a very positive impact in this case; we were able to get closer to the flamingoes.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
It was possible to get so close to the flamingoes that they were taking off when we reached them.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lake Bogoria.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Greater Flamingoes.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
One of the views around the lake.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lesser Flamingo.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
This flamingo isn't pink???
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Greater Flamingo.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Greater Flamingo taking off.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya

There are sixth species of flamingoes in the world. Of those species, two are found in Africa; the Greater Flamingo and the Lesser Flamingo, both are found at Lake Bogoria.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya

Lake Bogoria is also a place where there are many thermal springs. In many spots, boiling water is spurting out of the ground and pouring itself in the lake. Flamingoes seem to like those springs quite a lot since they gather around them in big number.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
A thermal spring.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Not easy to count them.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
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Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Female Greater Kudu.

At Lake Bogoria, not only the flamingoes are interesting to see. We also saw a species that is difficult to see: the Greater Kudu. It is a magnificent antelope with the male being almost as big as a moose (elk).

Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
A group of kudus.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
A male and a female.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Superb male.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
A young kudu.
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Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Rock hyrax.

We got the chance to see other species as well.

Believe it or not, but this animal and elephants are distant cousins in the great evolution of life. They have the same ancestor on earth.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
Species to identify...
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya
A pelican.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve - Kenya