It being Valentine’s Day, you may be looking for the perfect getaway destination for you and a loved one during the week or later on in the month. Well, Lake Elementaita is the perfect place.
For the past two weeks(Part 1 and Part 2) we have been looking at lake Elementaita and all it has to offer. For this part 3, I have helpful tips and tricks to help you plan your own trip to one of Rift Valley’s underrated lakes.
Let’s get into this.
The journey to the lake can be made by public transport if one opts to board a matatu at the city centre that is headed to Nakuru Town and alights at Kekopey Town or Gilgil Town depending on where you are spending the night. Fare would be approximately 500ksh-600ksh ($5-$6).
But I highly recommend going by your own private means as this is the best way to experience what the road has to offer. For my fellow photography enthusiasts, this is the perfect way to take off road shots.
WHERE TO STAY.
There are quite a number of hotels and lodges along the lake but I highly recommend Oasis Eco Camp as it is quite affordable and gives you a first hand experience of the lake. 5,000ksh to 12,000ksh ($50-$120) a night.
For people who enjoy luxury Lake Elementaita Serena Camp , Sentrim Elementaita Lodge or Pelican Lodge is the best choice for you. The rates for these luxury lodges range from 30,000-60,000 KSH ($300-$600) a night
WHEN TO VISIT
The best time to visit is between January-May as this is low season and the charges are less. Peak season is between July-October and during Christmas time.
Depending on where you are staying, how long you are staying and what you are doing, your budget largely depends on you. If one is staying at Oasis Eco Camp in Muthiga House with 12 friends, one persons budget would be approximately 2,000-3,000 Ksh ($20-$30).
Be sure to plan properly with your friends to know exactly what you are doing and how much each activity will cost.
WHAT TO DO
- BIRD WATCHING
For bird enthusiasts, Lake Elementaita is a hub for bird watching as it is a bird conservation site. It offers Pelicans, the African Spoonbill and lots more.
- BIKE RIDING
Oasis Eco Camp offers Bike riding to its guests that will enable you to explore and have fun at the same time.
Oasis also offers a hiking trail to its guests that is also combined with bike riding that offers scenic views.
- EAT NYAMA CHOMA AT KEKOPEY TOWN.
Kekopey is best known for it’s Nyama Choma (Roasted Goat Meat). This delicacy must be enjoyed by anyone on their way to Lake Elementaita,
- VISIT HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK
Hell’s Gate National Park is an hours drive from Lake Elementaita and offers wildlife, scenic landscapes and rock climbing.
- VISIT LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
The Park is an hours drive from Lake Elementaita and also offers wildlife, flamingoes and beautiful views.
Question: Have you been to Lake Elementaita? What tips and advice do you have? Let me know in the comments please 🙂
Hope this has got you planning your trip to Lake Elementaita.
Have a lovely week.