Lake Bogoria National Reserve offers year-round enjoyment of the Kenyan geological bush, and the climate enhances your experience with moderate temperatures and seasonal rains. For the most part, the dry and wet seasons mirror what is common in other areas of Kenya. Some years, though, the reserve has an unusual weather pattern of long rains in July and August. The long cool-dry season is from July to October, and we consider this to be the best time to visit. The reduced rainfall limits the drinking water that is available to fauna, so animals tend to congregate around the few remaining fresh watering holes. This time of year, though, coincides with summer school breaks, so the arrival of enthused families increases visitor levels. Should you be traveling to Lake Bogoria during this time, though, you should note that cooler temperatures are common in the higher elevations around the reserve. Therefore, we recommend that you bring a jacket or warm fleece on your AfricanMecca lake tour of Bogoria Reserve includes treks to much higher-elevation locations. The short rainy season is in November and December which starts sprinkling at the end of October, and in equatorial Kenya, the moisture from these rains evaporates quickly. Roads and walking trails remain passable, so your activities should not be significantly impacted by the precipitation.
Should you be planning a festive-cum-celebratory holiday in Africa for Christmas and New Year’s, you should expect slightly increased tourist levels as these vacationing periods are popular times for Kenyan residents and international tourists to visit the lake. January and February are the short hot-dry season with spells of showers during some days, and the long rains begin end of March and last until June. These heavier rains bring renewed life to the lake in the form of lush green plains and newborn mammals, especially antelopes. If water levels are too high, the ecological balance of the lake may be affected, and road and trail conditions may decline. The geysers may be below the surface of the lake. High water levels change the chemistry of the lake, which in turn changes the abundance of food sources. The immense number of flamingos for which the lake is known may not be present; though, they historically arrive when the water are low – around late August to early October, just before the short rains. Another consideration for your nature vacation in Kenya with AfricanMecca is that the Easter holiday period is another popular time of year for local residents to visit the lake. April, May and June are considered the low season at Lake Bogoria National Reserve, so you may want to plan your remote lake safari during this time if you prefer solitude (read more on when is the best time to go to Kenya). Additionally, the lake generally has fewer visitors all-year round when compared to Nakuru and Naivasha.
WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE BOGORIA
Lake Bogoria Spa Resort is the only proper lodge available that can minimally cater to an international tourist thus allowing you to get close to the lake’s many wonders, from birdlife to geysers.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE BOGORIA
Although game drives are only offered on request basis, leisurely walking tours are prime opportunities to discover the biodiversity and unique geographical features of this geysers alkaline lake.
GUIDE ON LAKE BOGORIA
As one of Rift Valley’s hidden gems, Lake Bogoria is recognized for supporting one of the largest populations of lesser flamingos on our planet along with its steam jets, hot springs and geysers.
EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE BOGORIA IN NORTHERN KENYA
When visiting Lake Bogoria, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Amboseli and Masai Mara. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Tsavo, Samburu or Lewa – Laikipia ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.