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Lake Elementaita & Soysambu Conservancy


Lake Elementaita and Soysambu Conservancy

Lake Elementaita and the Soysambu Conservancy are two remarkable conservation areas in the heart of Kenya's Great Rift Valley. This scenically stunning region offers a rich diversity of wildlife and bird species as well as breathtaking views of one of the country's great freshwater lakes.

For nature lovers and bird watchers alike, Lake Elementaita and the Soysambu Conservancy are a paradise.

What to see and do:

Lake Elementaita is a freshwater lake that is part of the UNESCO Great Rift Valley World Heritage Site. With a length of about 18 kilometres and a width of about 10 kilometres, the lake is an important resting place for migratory birds on their migrations. The lake is famous for its pink-coloured flamingos, which often line the shores in large flocks and provide a spectacular spectacle. Besides the flamingos, Lake Elementaita is also home to a variety of other waterbird species, including pelicans, storks, ducks and herons.

The Soysambu Conservancy is a private nature reserve located on the shores of Lake Elementaita. The conservancy covers an area of about 48,000 hectares and is a significant contribution to the protection of the unique flora and fauna of this region. Soysambu is known for its rich wildlife, which includes cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland and wildebeest. The wide range of habitats, including wetlands, bushveld and grasslands, provides ideal conditions for these animals.

A wonderfull place for hiking and bird watching

How to get there:

By Road: LEWS is approximately 120km north of Nairobi, 40 km north of Naivasha and 45km south of Nakuru. It is accessed by the Trans-African Highway (A104).The nearest administrative town is Gilgil within Nakuru County

By Air: The nearest airstrip are Nakuru (Lanet) and Soysambu Airstrip.


Average temperatures at Lake Elementaita usually vary between 20°C and 30°C. However, during the hot months, especially during the dry season, temperatures can easily rise above 30°C during the day. In the cooler evening and early morning hours, temperatures can cool down.

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