Lake Bogoria Hot Springs
Loboi Gate Entrance, Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya
Lake Bogoria Hot Springs Lake Bogoria National Reserve Reviews
Hot Springs with Healing Powers! Apr 05, 1998
Lake Bogoria is located about three hours north of Nakuru in Bogoria National Reserve. It is one of the three famous rift valley lakes in Kenya; the other two being Lake Baringo and Lake Nakuru. There are three gates to the reserve, turning right just before you get to the main gate will get you to the reserve via the Loboi gate.. The soda lake is about 30 sq km in size and is quite shallow. Most soda lakes have outlets that allow foe evaporation. The high levels of evaporation have left behind high minerals and salts. Because of these very high mineral levels, the lake can not contain any fish and is not healthy for swimming. However the lake attracts large numbers of flamingos because of the rich blue-green algae that flamingos like.
Lake Bogoria is well known for its hot springs. The Loburu hot springs erupt along the lakeside and create such an attraction. Not do be deceived, these hot springs as attractive as they are, can be extremely dangerous because of the extreme boiling temperatures of the springs. At Lake Bogoria camp, they have created a hot spring bath that guests can soak in and enjoy the healing powers of mineral waters.
The hot springs and geysers are located on the western shore and are over a sizeable area erupting at intervals of 3 minutes and go as high as five feet high. The minerals from the water have an ashy color that makes the ground around whitish-gray. The local people believe that the water has healing powers and that inhaling the vapors cleanses the internal organs and leaves the outer skin smoother/healthier. I believe it is the properties of the minerals produced by the hot waters coming from deep within the earth’s crust.
Do not forget the flamingoes that are the other attraction around the Lake.
PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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