Flamingos gathered at the Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita Tours and Travels

About Lake Elementaita

Situated in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Elementaita is a large soda lake, meaning it has a high concentration of carbonate salts, that stretches out over an area of 18 sq km. Due to it being located predominantly on private land, it is far less popular than some of the other lakes in the vicinity such as Naivasha and Nakuru. This means that a trip to this expanse of water will be free from crowds, making it a much more intimate experience and allowing guests to feel much more at one with nature.

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While the lake doesn't attract as much wildlife as its larger neighbours, there are still large concentrations of flamingos that flock to this blissful source of hydration as well as pelicans and herons. For the best chance of seeing as many different animals as possible, it is better to visit Lake Elementaita during the dry season as other water supplies become limited, making this lake much more valuable. July to October is usually a good period to visit although it coincides with the great wildebeest migration that occurs nearby and which draws in a high number of travellers.

Towards the Southern end of the lake are the Kekopey hot springs, a popular bathing place for locals and, according to legend, the home of mystical AIDS-curing water. It is also the breeding ground of the tilapi grahami fish. On the banks of the lake visitors will often witness zebras, warthogs and elands as well as some other wildlife who make their way here for some well needed hydration. The serenity and tranquility here is virtually unparalleled and walking around Lake Elementaita's shores is the ultimate experience of pure, unadulterated peace and tranquility.

Lake Elementaita Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Lake Elementaita

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Lake Elementaita Hotels

If you are planning a Lake Elementaita holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Serena Lake Elementeita Camp Lake Elementaita

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

The Serena Lake Elementeita Camp offers a blend of exclusivity and adventure, comprising 25 luxury tents, a dining and lounge area, spa and swimming pool enjoying magnificent views of the Lake. The Serena Lake Elementeita Camp is along the shores of the flamingo and pelican fringed Lake Elementaita within the Soysambu Conservancy, which is approximately 120km from Nairobi and 30km from Lake Nakuru National Park.

Sunbird Lodge Lake Elementaita

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

The Sunbird Lodge is located on private land in the Great Rift Valley, on the shore of the “pink” Lake Elementaita, overlooking the vast plains of Soysambu Conservancy. Cottages are constructed from stone with thatched roofing. The have full length sliding glass doors and are perfectly positioned to maximise their enviable location near the lake. Sunbird Lodge is located in the Great Rift Valley, less than 130 km from Nairobi.

Lake Elementaita Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Lake Elementaita.

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