THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY|
The Great Rift Valley is a geographical and geological fault system of approximately 6,000 kilometers formed 10-20 million years ago, which runs from the the Jordan Valley trough the Red Sea to central Mozambique in southeast Africa. Its depth varies from a few hundred to several thousand meters and in width from thirty to one hundred kilometers. It was named by theexplorer John Walter Gregory.
Geologists know that the valley is probably a result of a rifting process formed by violent subterranean forces, evidence of this are the many active and semi-active volcanoes located along the Rift, another evidence is provided by the presence of numerous boiling hot springs.
Major geological movements caused a chain of lakes in Kenya, Lake Naivasha is famous to be home to hippos and buffalo, is a ideal place for birdwatching too, among the resident bird-life you will find fish eagles, ospreys, lily-trotters, black crakes and a large variety of herons. Another freshwater lakes include Turkana, Naivasha and Baringo. Around the fresh water lakes you can also expect to see impala, giraffe, kongoni, zebra among other wildlife.
The soda lakes along the Great Rift Valley are rich in algae and tiny crustaceans, which are the main food sources for large flock of flamingos gracing lakes such as Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Lake Elmenteita and Lake Magadi among others. Near to Lake Elmenteita you can find a fascinating prehistoric site: Kariandusi.
The Great Rift Valley has a astonishing scenery, marked by volcanic mountains, the most include Longonot and Mt Kenya, a safari through the Great Rift Valley would be an amazing experience.
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