(English) Rift Valley Activities

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The Great Rift Valley, journeyinstyle.co.za.

Kenya is one of the fastest developing countries in Africa, but also still has a significant percentage of people having to bear with lower income. It is known for the famous yearly Serengeti wildebeest migration. While traveling around Kenya some locals might still be flabbergasted by the look of the European visitor, embrase their enthusiasm! If you’re interested in nature and wild animals then Kenya will be one of your top experiences, the country has a whole variety of National Parks and most of them are located around the ‘Rift Valley’. Conveniently: the capital Nairobi is located in the center of these amazing natural sights.

The Rift Valley contains out of various lakes (each one having very distinct unique properties), mountains and even active vulcanoes! This unique valley has been created by an immense power coming from deep deep deep down below. The Nubian tectonic plate and the Somalian tectonic plate are slowly moving side to side below the earth. These frictions cause immense powers, being build up due to the pressure.. and once in a while this power is all of a sudden released! Over the while a whole range of earthquakes, vulcanoes and cracks have made this area an absolute must-visits. Some of these vulcanoes are still active, but don’t worry.. the last eruption was a long time ago. North of Nairobi you will see Mount Longonot (Natioal Park), an exctinct vulcano now containing an immensly dense forest. Closely located to this giant is the Hells Gate National Park, full of geothermal activities such as cliffs, hot springs, geysers and vulcanoes. It is said that ash from the last eruption of Mount Longonot can still be seen at this park! Further north you’ll stumble upon Lake Nakuru. This lake is known for it’s thousands and sometimes millions of flamingos that can be observed. A small fenced area around the lake is now a sanctuary for black rhino’s and white rhino’s, as well as some giraffes. Unfortunately pauchers have a high interested in these animals… Oh and if you see something really really big sliding along the road or hiding in the trees… most likely you are looking at a python! Next up is Lake Bogoria, which is an alkaline lake in a very vulcano dense area. This extremely salty lake also has the most dense number of geysers in Africa. Last.. but not least you have Lake Turkana all the way up north in Kenya. It’s the worlds largest desert and alkaline lake, where you can observe scorpions and crocodiles. In summary: Kenya’s nature is picture perfect.

Near the Tanzanian border National Park Maasai Mara is located, where once every year a huge variety of animals arrive due to the ‘Wildebeest Migration’. Besides the movements of animals, there are also local tribes trekking around. The Maasai are a tribe of people living near the borders between Kenya and Tanzania, with some very old traditional customs. If you have the opportunity you should definitely visit one of the Maasai villages. To travel around Kenya you are bound to take the public busses. Luckily there’s also an old-fashioned railway active between Nairobi and Kisumu and a brand-new standard gauge railway between Nairobi and Mombasa (which is being extended to Kisumu in the future). The railway to Kisumu goes through the Rift Valley for a while and if you need some time to relax.. go the other way to the coast of Mombasa. Nairobi will be your center of adventure, with a few hidden gems right there as well. Stroll around Toi Market and Maasai Market – containing a whole variety of hand-made local crafts. Nairobi has two faces; one side shows the mid-class developments while the other face shows the slums of the less fortunate. Definitely a very interesting visit to experience! Continueing to / arriving from Tanzania? You can either do that via Mombasa/Dar es Salaam (coast route) or via Nairobi/Arusna (nature route).

– The fare between Nairobi and Addis Ababa in “2nd class” (seat) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Nairobi and Mombasa in “1st class” (seat) is 15 euro.
– The fare between Nairobi and Mombasa in “2nd class” (seat) is 5 euro.
– The fare between Mombasa and Dar es Salaam in “2nd class” (seat) is 15 euro.

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Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) dep/arr Morning Afternoon
Shashamana arr Afternoon Evening
Shashaman dep Morning Morning
Moyale dep/arr Evening Morning Morning Evening
Nairobi (Kenya) dep/arr Evening Morning 09:00 13:42
Mtito Andei dep/arr 11:25 11:25
Mombasa dep/arr 13:50 09:00 Morning Evening
Tanga dep/arr Afternoon Afternoon
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) dep/arr Evening Morning

Entering Kenya requires you to have a visa on forehand or buy one on arrival. A single-entry visa will cost around 40 euro’s. Visa’s can easily be obtained on arrival at almost every border crossing with Tanzania and Uganda and international airports. You can also opt for the East Africa Tourist Visa, multiple-entry visa that covers travel to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda for approximately 85 euro’s.

It is highly advised to read all details at lonelyplanet.

The wildebeest migration from Tanzania to Kenya, naturalworldsafaris.com.


Lake Nakuru, wildlifeworldwide.com.


The Maasai (local tribes), awf.org.


The Madaraka Express on the brand-new standard gauge railway, antonytrivet.co.ke.