Adventure Holidays in Kenya: Safari Holidays in the Great Rift Valley
20 million years ago the Earth’s crust tore apart, creating the phenomenal 8,000km Great Rift Valley and giving rise to Kenya’s most spectacular scenery. A landscape distinguished by its contrasts: uninhabitable desert, beautiful deep blue and green lakes, arid plains, sheer escarpments and towering volcanic mountains. A safari holiday here has endless possibilities. Drive by a pride of lions or a solitary leopard, watch elephants protecting their babies as they search for food and sit by a lake watching crocs, hippos and rhinos in the mud while witnessing a million and more flamingoes taking off from the lake. See it all on one of our Kenya safari holidays, and if you’ve a head for heights, it’s hard to beat a sunrise balloon ride as the light and warmth of a new day brings the plains of the valley to life below you.
Kenya’s Top Safari Holiday Experiences: The Great Rift Valley
The Rift Valley Lakes
Relax by the freshwater lakes of Naivasha and Baringo where, as you take in the myriad bird life, sleepy crocodiles stare sideways at you and fat hippos wallow in the mud. A boat journey onto the lake gets you closer to the birds and you may even get a fish eagle swooping down to your boat in anticipation of food. The stunning Lake Nakuru is rich in blue algae, which is super food for birds. The best time to visit is in January and February when bright pink flamingos flock here in their millions to feed, best seen from a viewpoint on nearby Baboon Cliff.
Enter Hell's Gate
On the drive through Ol Karia, natural vents erupt with huge sighs and groans as you pass through to enter Hell’s Gate, one of the most intriguing, surreal places in East Africa. As you’re allowed to walk or cycle unaccompanied through the park, you can come face to face with grazing zebras, be looked down on by towering giraffes and stare up at the two huge volcanic towers, sometimes teeming with hyraxes. Continue your trek through the beautiful but eerie Njorowa Gorge with more hot geysers while eagles and vultures soar ominously overhead.
Teeter on the Losiolo Escarpment
When you stand on this knife-edge ridge and look at the 2,000m sheer drop down into the Sugutu Valley, the longest drop in the Rift Valley, you’ll understand why it’s also known as “World’s End”. Try to get there just before dawn and as the sun rises you’ll see the breathtaking views slowly unfolding below.