If you are planning to have safari tour in the heart of wild African countries of Tanzania and Kenya, an encounter with any of the Great Rift Valley lakes is must. Some of these lakes are also known for their great wildlife variety and real wild atmosphere for camping. From encountering hundreds of flamingos, to seeing the crocodiles and hippos in the lake to enjoying the scenic specter, these lakes will create lot of unforgettable memories. Here we have picked top 7 Great Rift Valley Lakes that every travel aspires to visit.
1. Lake Elementaita, Kenya
Lake Elementaita is really beautiful blue water lake. In spite of offering luxurious well equipped stay this lake and its surrounding ca just make you feel forlorn in the midst of wilderness, but that is one reason that the pristine beauty of this lake so well kept. Located between two other lakes, respectively as Naivasha and Nakuru this lake is also famous for its birdlife.
2. Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi although well known, is wild and remote, but with white sand beaches and crystal blue waters and sparkling colored fishes, the lake offers a quite authentic wild African charm. For lovers of water sport, snorkeling and boating this lake can be ideal. Canoeing the entire length of the lake can be exhilarating.
3. Lake Baringo
Lake Baringo is in Kenya and is particularly known as the home to the Pokot tribe. The lake full of hippos and crocodiles offers a dusty surrounding with wild bush. Various tiny islands in the entire landscape surrounding it can make great camp sites and fantastic holiday destinations. The shrill cry of fish eagles can add to the wild spirit of the entire area.
4. Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha is a beautiful lake of most consistent birdlife that people often miss in favor of Lake Nakuru. Lake Naivasha is obviously further remote and bigger and holds the wild charm more than many other accessible lakes in the area. Spending days on boats while watching pelicans and storks flying all around is a great experience, especially when you do not find any human soul nearby.
5. Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
This one is located in one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the entire valley. That is also the reason to find this sprawling lake in the most pristine natural condition. Bordered by several African nations like Zambia, Burundi and the Congo, and offering stunning views of the Mahale Mountains, you have nature’s bounty waiting here. Having a variety of 350 species of tropical fish this is also the longest freshwater lake globally. It is also the second deepest lake in the world.
6. Lake Victoria, Tanzania & Kenya
The sprawling Lake Victoria offers a source of huge fishing industry for locals and located at the heart of wild Africa offers great experience of nature and wildlife. Hordes of elephants in lands and amazing bird life and a direct hands-on experience of fishing and the life and habitat of local fishermen all combined together provide ingredients for an authentic nature travel experience.