Lake Magadi is one of a kind, a paradise for bird watchers, those who love nature, and those who seek adventure camping safaris. The lake is blessed with a diversity of bird species. The main attraction is on the lake’s northern side because of its incredible geographical landscape, making it perfect for camping grounds in the huge wilderness. The wading birds that include Pelicans and flamingos are a common sight in Lake Magadi. There is also numerous wildlife that is also found in the lake’s surroundings. These animals are wildebeests, giraffes, buffaloes, ostriches, antelopes, Elephants, hyenas, and zebras. Also, there are a few lion families in the park, but they can only be sighted very early in the morning or at night when the temperatures are not hostile. There is a conservancy that is located south of the lake that hosts herds of Elephants and buffalos.
The lake is found at the lowest level of the immense Great Rift Valley depression. Its total area is about 100 square kilometers. Lake Magadi bed’s composition consists of mainly semisolid or solid soda ash crust, which is crispy hence makes the lake waters rich pink. The lake is to the southernmost part of the Kenyan Great Rift Valley, and it’s a catchment that resulted from faulted volcanic rocks. It is north of Lake Natron, which is found in Tanzania near the border with Kenya. When the dry season sets in, the lake is normally covered with sodium carbonate. Despite its harsh conditions for survival, the lake has one fish species, which is known as cichlid Alcolapia graham. This fish thrives in the highly alkaline waters that the lake has and some hot springs near the shorelines, under 45°C. The lake has a fascinating view that awes several guests and is located on the tip of a hill found next to bird rock. Many bird species come here to bask early in the morning and late in the evening. There is a causeway that connects the lake on the western side to Nguruman Escarpment. When in this escarpment, you would enjoy an astonishing landscape view and the opportunity to swim at the pool that is located below the escarpment’s waterfalls. Scaling up the escarpment usually takes about an hour. The best time for the trek is early in the morning when the temperature is still moderate. Lake Magadi has been featured in several films, including The Constant Gardener by Fernando Meirelles. The film is based on the book that goes by the same title and is written by John Carre.
How to Get There
The journey to Lake Magadi is 106 km’s from Nairobi, and it takes approximately one and a half hours from Nairobi. When in Kiserian town, the lake is about 88 km away. The journey through Ngong Hills is captivating; the narrow roads that transverse through a beautiful landscape will give you an experience worth remembering. Occasionally you may come across several Maasai herders and ostriches.
Lake Magadi has different accommodation choices for your consideration based on your budget. Below are the lodges and camps in Lake Magadi Game Reserve.
Magadi Sports Club- Safari tier 2 has fully serviced rooms with amenities such as satellite tv and Wi-Fi.
Magadi Tented Camp-Safari tier 3 has classic and budget camps situated near the lake, almost 200m from the lake. The tents are self-contained with hot water and other amenities.
Shompole Wilderness Camp- Safari tier 2, it is located near the banks of River Ewaso Nyiro. The tents are self-contained and are decorated with modern art.
Latorre Lodge-Safari tier 3 is located at the foot of Nguruman escarpments. The view from this luxurious lodge is beautiful.
Other lodges and camps are; Loika women guest houses, Mud river camp – CAMPSITE, Lalenok resource and research center – CAMPSITE, and Entasopia Guesthouse in Nguruman.