Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita

Things to do - general


Pelican fringed Lake Elementaita is a bird watcher’s paradise encircled by shaggy hills and enveloped in serenity and birdsong.

This alkaline wonder is situated between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru and lies in the shadow of a hill locally known as ‘sleeping warrior’.

This waterbody forms a part of the Soysambu Conservancy established by Lord Delamere in pre-independence Kenya. This lake is now one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sights along Lakes Naivasha and Nakuru due to its birdlife fame.

It is less visited than other tourists’ sites which makes it the ideal weekend getaway destination for out of towners.

Over 400 bird species including flamingoes, ducks, geese, spikes, cormorant, and kingfishers can be seen during bird watching excursions.

Acacia woodlands, euphorbia trees, grassy plains and historic sites form the backdrop against which these birds are beheld and the Rothschild giraffe, zebra, bush pigs, striped jackals, and gazelles also come out to play every now and then.


Must see attractions at Lake Elementaita

  • Hyrax Hill
  • Kariandusi Prehistoric Site
  • Giant Elands
  • Dikdiks
  • Rothschild giraffes
  • Aardvarks
  • Leopards
  • Herons
  • Pelicans
  • Greater & lesser flamingoes
  • African Spoonbills
  • Black-necked Grebes
  • Yellow-billed Storks
  • Gull-billed Terns
  • Pied Avocets
  • Black-winged Stilts
  • Grey-headed Gulls
  • Egyptian geese
  • Secretary birds
  • Long-crested eagles


Must do activities at Lake Elementaita

  • Birdwatching
  • Bush dining
  • Take a hot air balloon over Lake Elementaita
  • Watch the sunset over the lake
  • Camping
  • Nocturnal game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Visit Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Quad biking
  • Visit the Kikopey hot springs
  • Go for an excursion to Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Visit Gambles Cave


Places to stay at Lake Elementaita

  • Lake Elementaita Serena Camp
  • Duara Flamingo Camp
  • Pelican Lodge
  • Sentrim Elementaita Lodge
  • Elementaita Country Lodge
  • Sirville Lake Elementaita Lodge
  • Sunbird Lodge
  • The Sleeping Warrior Lodge
  • Flamingo Camp & Cottages
  • Oasis Eco Camp
  • Cactus Eco Camp & Lodge
  • Koko Cottages
  • Epashikino Resort & Spa
  • Eagles Point Camp
  • ViewPoint Lodge
  • Jacaranda Lake Elementaita Lodge
  • Lake Front Cabin
  • Kikopey Beach Camp


How to get to Lake Elementaita

  • By road: Elementaita is very close to the city and it will take you about one a half hours to complete your journey. Take the main highway from Nairobi to Nakuru. You can then enter Lake Elementaita area through the Nderit Gate and head south to Elementaita town. Trips to Elementaita by road are better than flights because you get to stop and take in the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley along the way.
  • By air: The total flight distance from Nairobi to Lake Elementaita is only 116km. Your flight will take off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi and land on an airstrip in Naivasha. Lodges and camps can organize airport transfers to and fro.


Best time to visit Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita is a pleasant destination throughout the year however if you’re planning to carry out lots of outdoor activities, it is better to go during the dry season. That way, you itinerary won’t be affected by wet roads and insect bites. If you want to catch the animals during calving season, visit this water reservoir during the long rains.

Elementaita has two rainy seasons: April to June (long rains) and November to December (short rains). Accommodation prices go lower during the rainy season.

The best time to go to Elementaita is during the dry months because wildlife visibility is more manifest: there is less vegetation, water, and pasture. Predators and prey alike come out of hiding and congregate around the diminishing water sources.

If you are more interested in birdwatching, visit from October to March when migratory species come to Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Elementaita.

This lake destination is only 127km from Nairobi. Most tourists, therefore, prefer to combine a tour here with a Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha or Lake Nakuru safari.

Evenings are usually cool at the lake so remember to carry warm clothing.


What to pack for Lake Elementaita

  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Wet wipes
  • Antihistamines (for insect bites)
  • Camera
  • Smart casual outfits for dinner
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flipflops
  • First aid kit
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Fleece or warm jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Light raincoat
  • Flashlight
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Travel journal


If this bird watcher’s paradise is on your wish list, check out the Lake Elementaita packages available or call an agent to customize your trip.

Country Kenya
Languages spokenSwahili, English
Currency usedKenya Shilling (KSh)
Area (km2)18
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