Animal-Spotting at Bogoria

Surrounded by thick, impenetrable thorn bush that makes animal-spotting difficult, Bogoria is not recognized as a place of great mammalian diversity. The main reason to visit is to check out the flamingoes and witness eerie evidence of the ongoing tumult beneath Earth's surface. There are times, particularly in the early morning, when the steam coming from Bogoria's geysers forms a misty, cloudy blanket, amplifying the primal drama of the lake. You're allowed to get out of your vehicle and investigate the lake at fairly close quarters, but pay heed to the warning signs and stay away from the edge of the lake, where boiling water, hot mud, and strange underground conditions can make walking here tricky and dangerous. One animal that is abundant around Bogoria and can be quite rare elsewhere is the greater kudu. A beautiful antelope characterized by wide ears, a body vertically striped in white, and a tell-tale white chevron between the eyes, it is identified most quickly by the grandeur of the males' large spiral horns and hairy fringe on the throat. The greater kudu population, once quite large, was severely affected by rinderpest transmitted by cattle during the 19th century. Patience in the reserve will also reward you with sightings of buffalo, baboon, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, and, at the rocky slopes south and east of the lake, klipspringer.

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