Lake Elementaita


The shallow Lake Elementaita lies 1,942 metres above sea level, 20 metres higher than the Lake Nakuru Flamingo Sanctuary, some 30 kilometres away. The beautiful mansion, situated a few kilometres from Gilgil, off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, has been converted into a tourist class hotel – the Lake Elementaita Lodge.

Lake Elementaita has a population of 40,000 flamingoes, but their number increases to more than 200,000 when food is abundant. The flamingo is, however, a peregrine – flying off to Lake Natron in Tanzania during the breeding season. The lake also has a resident flock of about 3,000 pelicans that breed in an island close to the protected Soysambu Ranch.