Visible from space, it is truly worth experiencing the Great African Rift Valley, one of the geological wonders of the world, stretching from the Middle East into the southern African country of Zimbabwe. Meet the Maasai people who live here, nomads who farm cattle and integrate their livestock with the natural environment.
EAST AND WEST RIFTS
Plan an initial visit to the East African Rift, the most celebrated split of the Great Rift Valley. Then head to the Western Rift, also known as the Albertine Rift, before the entire valley converges again at the top end of Lake Malawi.
Discover an extraordinary geological feature almost 6,500 km long, stretching around one-sixth of the Earth’s circumference!Explore this spectacular valley that measures an average 64 km wide. And there is a chasm as wide as 480km in the Danakil Desert. See the valley’s steep walls from a plane, rising as high as 2700 m.
Kenya’s Rift Valley is a great place to find the greatest diversity of species in the natural world. This spectacle is certainly the highlight of any African safari. See the magnificent lakes, regal mountains and sprawling savannas. Wildlife roams freely everywhere while several dormant volcanoes complete a fascinating picture.
Come across plenty of hippo and other aquatic species in the lakes of the Valley. Watch wild animals come to feed against the steep escarpment of the gorgeous Great Rift. Experience explosive animal interactions - Black rhino, lion, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, leopard, elephant, buffalo and greater kudu can be seen mingling or grazing alone.
BIRD MIGRATION HOTSPOT
The Kenyan Lake system is central to the bird migration route as they make their way from breeding grounds in the north to wintering locations in Africa.
Visit Lake Nakuru, one of the 3 inter-linked lakes in the Rift Valley and the most important foraging site for the Lesser flamingo and a major breeding ground for Great white pelicans.
WHEN TO VISIT
Plan your holiday to the Great Rift Valley any time of the year. During the rainy season, however, the roads can be very difficult to traverse.
Central Kenya is best from December to mid-March when the days are hot, sunny and dry and the nights usually cool. The rain usually comes from mid-March to May, with some rain in November.