1 Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate National Park
A hauntingly atmospheric freshwater lake near the sheer red cliffs of Hell’s Gate, where the plains have good wildlife, and whose ravine makes for spectacular hiking.
2 Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru’s picturesque combination of woods, grasslands and lakeshore offers one of your best chances of seeing flamingos, rhinos and leopards.
3 Hyrax Hill
If you don’t visit any other Stone-Age site in Kenya, try to take an hour out for a wander around the eerily evocative Hyrax Hill, just outside Nakuru.
4 Lake Bogoria
The often overlooked Lake Bogoria – with steaming hot springs, greater kudu antelope and remote campsites – makes a wonderful retreat, and in recent years has been the location for the Rift Valley’s vast flocks of flamingos.
5 Lake Baringo
A beautiful freshwater oasis in the dry northern Rift Valley, with plenty of hippos, crocs, more than four hundred bird species and a clutch of excellent places to stay.