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LAKE BOKORIA

NATIONAL PARK
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Bogoria lake is referred to as “The healing place” and is just about 3 hours drive from Lake Nakuru, it is located at Baringo Town in the North Rift Region. It is home to one of the largest populations of the lesser flamingoes. The lake is geothermically active on the western shore, with geysers and hot water springs. Much more is the fascinating phenomenon of the hot springs, an indication that molten rock does not lie far below the earth’s surface.

The lake covers 32 square kilometres, the geologist J.W. Gregory described the lake in 1892 as the most beautiful view in Africa. The park was opened in November 1970. Facilities for tourists include the park lodge, three public campsites and one privately operated campsite. Visitors may also bathe in the hot springs, which form a natural spa.The reserve was submitted as a candidate World Heritage Site in 1999.

The lake is surrounded by grasslands dotted with bushes. There is acacia-ficus woodland to the south, and the north merges into a papyrus swamp

The lake is alkaline, feeding blue-green algae which in turn feed flamingoes. At times the number of flamingoes feeding in the lake may be as high as two million.  Raptors such as tawny eagles prey on the flamingoes.

In total, 135 species of bird have been recorded. They include little grebe, pratincole, swift, little bee-eater, cape wigeon, yellow-billed stork, African spoonbill, augur buzzard, gabar goshawk, water dikkop, great tit, starling, hornbill etc.

The reserve has a herd of the relatively uncommon Greater Kudu. Other large mammals include buffalo, zebra, cheetah, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena, impala and dik dik.