The Rift Valley – Kenya
What could be more inspiring than a trip to see one of the greatest natural formations in the world? A 6,000 km geological fault-line in the Earth’s crust formed over two million years ago, the Rift Valley is at its most dramatic as it passes through Kenya. The Valley literally divides the country in two with a serious of stunning mountains, lakes and volcanoes, some of which are still active. The brilliantly named Hell’s Gate National Park is home to the impressive Mount Longonot, a dormant volcano which erupted not so long ago in the early 1900’s. The dramatic cliffs and V-shaped valleys here are a common feature throughout the Rift Valley, and provide a stunning backdrop for hiking, rock-climbing and biking. For those looking for wildlife the beautiful Kenya Lake System, just recently inducted to the World Heritage List, and home to a great magnitude of birds, including stunning flamingos and pelicans. The Valley is also home to other African wildlife gems, such as Rhinos, Lions and Cheetahs.
Where is it?
The Rift Valley runs through the west side of Kenya, from Tanzania in the south and Ethiopia in the north. Part of the Valley runs close to the capital city Nairobi, and is very readily accessible from there.
What is it?
A huge geological fault-line formed at least two millions years ago as a result of huge seismic turbulence. The result is a serious of imposing mountains and volcanoes, as well as some of the most beautiful and wildlife inhabited lakes in central Africa.
Best time to visit?
June and July are the best months to visit Kenya, as this is the coolest period and also avoids the two heavy rain seasons. The temperatures around the Rift Valley are some of the most pleasant in central Africa, thanks to its high elevation.
The stunning Lake Nakuru, which is home to the world’s greatest concentration of flamingos that combine to transform the lake an outstanding pink. The incredible sight of these magnificent birds grazing in the water has adorned many a magazine cover and is a truly iconic African spectacle.