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“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind.  Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

~ Francesca Marciano

Lake Elmenteita, Kenya

Lake Elmenteita, also spelled Elementaita, is a soda lake, in the Great Rift Valley, about 120 km northwest of Nairobi.

Elmenteita is derived from the Masaai word muteita, meaning “dust place”, a reference to the dryness and dustyness of the area, especially between January and March. The town of Gilgil is near the lake. In the south-to-north sequence of Rift Valley lakes, Elmenteita is between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. Today the lake is a protected area due to its birdlife fame and also it has been named as one of the heritage sites together with the Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria.

Where to stay in Lake Elmenteita?

We are able to arrange any accomodation that best suits your needs and budgets. Some of our favourites in the Lake Elmenteita area are

Maili SabaFlamingo HillPunda Milias Nakuru Camp

How long should you stay in Lake Elmenteita?

We recommend a half day visit to Lake Elmenteita when you are on your way to Lake Nakuru or Lake Naivasha.

How to get to Lake Elmenteita?

By Road: Lake Elmenteita is located close to which is is located 155km/96mi northwest of Nairobi and 5km/3mi from Nakuru town. Nakuru is an easy destination by car via a tar road from Nairobi.

By Air: Getting to Nairobi (the entry point to Kenya that most visitors arrive through) is straightforward – it’s one of Africa’s biggest transport hubs. International flights arrive in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi.

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