Lake Elementaita, Witness the First Breaths of a New Generation.
When you visit Kenya all you want is to enjoy every part of your bush safari, and the equatorial climate can affect certain aspects of your time. Understanding the weather helps know what to expect and prepare accordingly. Lake Elementaita is a wondrous location to visit anytime during the year, but we recommend that you visit during the dry seasons that occur from July to October, January and February. The reason that I recommend these times is that the water sources are limited, so pushing the animals to gather around the few remaining fresh watering holes. As a result, wildlife viewing is better, and you get to see a variety of species interact in a relatively small area.
An adventure-loving trip to Lake Elementaita during the dry seasons is that the logistics of your activities are not impacted by wet roads that can be difficult to traverse during the rains. July through October, though, is when the more number of tourists visit the lake since it coincides with the wildebeest migration in the Great Plains of Masai Mara, so the down side of it all is hotels are normally booked to maximum capacity, and your activities may include more guests than during the rainy seasons. Guest numbers soaring during certain festive holidays, specifically Easter, Christmas and New Years.
With numerous activities such as nature walks, beach walk, birds watching, nature walks may be limited due to the weather. Thanks to the long rainy season which arrives in late March and stays in the Lake Elementaita area until June. Although activities are centered on game drives during these rains, this can be a spectacular time of year that offers opportunities to enhance your nature-loving tour in Africa. Some of the mammals, especially antelopes, give birth during this time, and you witness the first breaths of a new generation. You watch intently as mothers remain on alert for the predators that lurk in the brush, awaiting the perfect moment to take a young animal. Engaging moments like this can be some of the best parts of your exhilarating safari travels.
The rains also bring the flora to life, and the grasslands are transformed into a lush, green landscape. We recommend that you bring a waterproof jacket or poncho to keep you dry and comfortable while outdoors. Should you be planning an African bird watching holiday at Lake Elementaita, October through April is when the migratory species arrive from Europe after traveling thousands of miles south. This gives you the chance to not only see resident avi-fauna, but a rich diversity of feathered waterfowl and other birds from regions beyond Kenya.
Found under a geographical area of Kenya’s alkaline lakes – Lake Elementaita. Set within the eastern portion of the Rift Valley, the lake was produced approximately 12 million years ago, and today much of the lake is part of the private Soysambu Conservancy. The area is much less visited than other natural attractions in the region, so you enjoy a sense of privacy and solitude in a wondrous volcanic landscape. Much of your activity-enriched trip to Kenya’s Lake Elementaita takes place within the 48,000-acre conservancy that serves as a sanctuary for nationally threatened colobus monkeys, endangered Rothschild giraffes, elusive predators, plains game, avi-fauna and many other species. The varied terrain offers volcanic hills, acacia woodlands, grassy plains and stands of Warburgia fever trees and Euphorbia candelabra.
As you travel across the diverse landscape during your safari activities, you may come upon craters, lava flows, plugs and other remnants of the region’s rich volcanic history, as well as odd geometric patterns created by the process of erosion in the highly porous soil. Towards the southern end of the lake are the Kekopey hot springs, a location that is thought to be an ancient passage site involved in the yesteryear ivory and slave trades. As part of the UNESCO Kenya Lake System World Heritage Site, Lake Elementaita is globally-recognized as a natural treasure to be preserved, protected and appreciated.
Although the lake region has fewer mammalian species than other areas in East Africa, more than 15,000 animals roam the conservancy property. You may see Rothschild giraffes amongst the acacia trees removing tender leaves from branches while adeptly avoiding the treacherous thorns. Many species of plains game are commonly sighted, and you may have a fortuitous experience of sighting steinboks, duikers, bush pigs, bushbucks and also other elusive fauna.
Lake Elementaita is also home to the tufted-eared caracal, golden and striped jackals and other smaller predators. Like other alkaline lakes, the ecology of Elementaita is greatly influenced by rain and water levels. Specific conditions must be maintained, or the levels of algae, fish and invertebrates declines. When the abundance of these food sources declines, birds and other species prefer other Kenyan soda lakes where food is easier to locate. As a result, the number of flamingos and pelicans fluctuates. Even in less-than-optimum conditions, though, the lake is a paradise for bird lovers, offering more than 450 species, including migratory birds from Europe and other locations. This means that Kenya visitants have the chance to see endangered and threatened feathered creatures, as well as some of Kenya’s most intriguing and beautiful avian life.