Playing at the Southern shores of Lake Elementaita

I have always found solace in getting lost. Getting to a dead end and asking myself “Where does this  end really leads to?” I have always enjoyed exploring places I hear less about, places that photos on the internet are only from Google Earth. When one of my friends suggested we take our souls to the unexplored side of the shores of lake elementaita, I could not resist the request. Though ill prepared, we took the dare. In a few we were cruising the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, A104, trying to hold our excitement within the household of the speed traps.

A view of the lake from 2 kms away
A view of the lake from 2 kms away

Most people have seen the waters of Lake Elementaita from the road. In the various crossing of this marvel, I was greeted by the silent whispers of how it’s shrunk over the years to a fraction of what it was.

an image from Google of the hill we took the pictures from as seen 4 years ago.
an image from Google of the hill we took the pictures from as seen 4 years ago.

From the little history I have read of the lake, at one point, the waters of Lake Elemtaita and Lake Nakuru used to touch causing the lake to become fresh-ish during this period. Introduction of Tilapia to the waters of Lake Elementaita made it lose its attraction as Flamingo resting area. During our visit, we did not have a chance to see any wild life. So we have to go back again and this time, to see animals.

This was a very impromptu journey that leads us to the famous Kikopey choma area where we diverted in towards a pathetic excuse of a road for our decent to the lake’s shore. The terrain is rocky with a very bad road that leads to numerous dead ends as it whirls down into gorges and sand deposits.  The view and positioning of the sleeping warrior hill ranges with relation to the car’s bonnet made for a great pointer of how far lost we were.

The Sleeping Warrior got that name from its shape
The Sleeping Warrior got that name from its shape

It took us several wrong turns and misleading directions from locals before we raised our anchor of pride and decide to follow a tourist van, albeit from a distance. The lake shore was bare with desert like vegetation and bird residues covering its resided waters. Few cars have been here evidenced by a luck of visible route to get us to the lake shore. With an exception to the lone probox with the lady and guy in it and the tour van, we did not have a chance to see any other car on the route. We decided to park where we were and walk to a hill and take picture of the sunset. The sunset view disappears beyond some hills in the horizon, flaming a sky with a reassuring burst of orange love that seemed to say “don’t give up on me, I have so much beauty for you to see.”

This was just the beginning of the exploration to the shores of Lake Elementaita, I will be doing more of this over time to see where the best sunset will be caught. But till then, you gave us lots of love, Southern shore of Lake Elemtaita.

the lake to the left.
the lake to the left.

It was good to also see the Kariandusi museum not too far off from Kikopey. This is one place I also have to explore due to its archeological link to the human race. I was told that there are some hot springs in this are to, can anyone direct me to them?

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  1. Florence Chege
    October 8, 2015
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    I really love going to lake elementaita – I have jogged to the lake shores from the Jacaranda elementaita hotel several times when I stayed there – the mornings and evening are very beautiful. there are many places to hike around the lake including the sleeping warrior and the other craters around it. I once wandered to the hills opposite the prehistoric site and found some hot springs and nice forest – I just love this area so much

    • admin
      October 11, 2015
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      Next time you are going those sides, leave a note here we might just come jogging with you. The place is so serene and peaceful! We’ll be waiting for your note

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