Due to the volcanic activities along The Great Rift Valley, lakes were formed as a result. From the north to the south of Kenya the valley is lined with a series of freshwater and soda based volcanic lakes.
Birdwatching is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds
Three Parks for the real famous birdwatching environment.
Lake Baringo in Kenya's Great Rift Valley is a dramatically situated fresh-
water lake approximately 22 km long by 11 km wide. Evidence of its violent
volcanic origins is all around and especially in the extraordinary stepped
basalt cliffs to the West of the lake. It lies at an altitude of 1100 mtrs.
Birds are the kings and queens of Baringo. More than 400 recorded species
make the visit to the lakeside a competition to achieve the highest numbers of
species sighted, the world record set at 342 species in 24 hours.
The experience is more rewarding during the rainy season, when many birds
fly back to Baringo.
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru
County, which lies north west of Nairobi and is part of the Great Rift Valley.
The name derives from the local Maasai name Nai'posha, meaning
'rough water' because of the sudden storms which can arise.
The lake is home to a variety of types of wildlife including over 400 different
species of birds and a sizeable population of hippos. The fish community in
the lake has been highly variable over time, influenced by change in climatic.
The water is dotted by Pelicans while high in the trees over the Lake you will
find Africa's largest concentration of African Fish Eagles.
The Park lies in Central Kenya, 140 km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru
district of the Rift Valley Province.
The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and
bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with
Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major
attractions of the area.
The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including
the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering
nearly 450 species.