The mostly remote and sometimes hard-to-reach attractions of the North Rift circuit are for the adventurous and for those seeking to explore Kenya at its most rugged.
But they also appeal to visitors who are drawn by the area’s lakes, hot springs and bird sanctuaries.
Parks, lakes and attractions such as Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo, Kamnarok, Turkana’s South and Central Islands, Nasolot, Sibiloi and Marsabit see only occasional visitors.
But these parks hold a particular fascination for experienced travellers who like to go off the beaten track and for visitors with time on their hands.
The appeal of each can be summed up as follows:
•Lake Bogoria National Reserve is famed for its natural hot springs and geysers.
It is also good for bird watching and has its fair share of game Close by, Kamnarok National Reserve, which is perfect for bird watching and game viewing
•South Turkana National Reserve and Nasalot are on either side of the main highway. Nasalot overlooks one of Kenya’s unique features, the immensely deep crevice of Turkwell Gorge.
•The Lake Turkana National Parks – Sibiloi, Central Island and South Island – form a Unesco World Heritage Site. Lake Turkana is the most northerly of the Great Rift Valley lakes.
One of the main events in this region is the annual Maralal Camel Derby, the only one of its kind in Kenya.
Accommodation is scarce this region. Where it does exist, it is geared to the independent traveller.
Laikipia, the hot new destination for wilderness lovers, is fast developing into a major, but exclusive, high density game viewing area.
Laikipia is also strong on bio diversity and home to many threatened or endangered species.
At the same time, it is an area where game viewing can be combined with non-wildlife activities such as ballooning, camel riding, fishing, hiking, horse riding and mountain biking.
NORTH RIFT CIRCUIT