Natural Wellness Retreat: Netbon Ecotourism Kudu Camp at Lake Bogoria
Lake Bogoria is one of the lakes located along the Great Rift Valley that transects through Ethiopia, through Kenya and finally to Mozambique. Kenya lies under the Eastern Rift and the lakes located within the rift system tend to be shallow and contain high mineral content as due to evaporation. Lake Bogoria is one of the alkaline lakes on the rift that has been declared a wetland of international importance and it is World Ramsar Site Number 1057.
Lake Bogoria supports huge numbers of the lesser flamingo sometimes that feed on blue-green algae found on the lake. The lake sometimes has a population of about 1.5 million flamingoes and its also used as a staging ground for other migratory species from Europe and Intra-Africa.
The lake lies on the Siracho escarpment and is the deepest alkaline lake in Kenya with numerous alkaline hot springs that contribute significant inflows into the lake. It is along one of these inflows to the lake that Netbon Ecotourism Kudu Camp is located. The Camp lies along the periphery of the reserve about 2 kilometers from majimoto gate. The camp can be accessed via a long, dusty and rocky rough road that branches off to the right just before Mogotio Shopping Centre on the Nakuru-Baringo Highway to access Emsos and Maji Moto gate.
Netbon Ecotourism Kudu Camp traces its origin as an environmental group in Majimoto (Hot Water) where members were growing tree seedlings to replace the cut down trees in the area. The camp derived its name from Netbon from the group’s slogan to make ‘Majimoto green’ through its tree development nursery program and Kudu from the endangered Kudu antelopes found in the area. In 2003, through funding, shifted their activities from agroforestry to tourism and started a tourism venture to build cottages, toilets, facilitate cultural homestays and buy a water tank that still stand today.
The camp has 3 bandas each with three beds that have been made from concrete to help cool off the banda at night.
For adventure seeking to spend the night under a star studded sky; the guests can set up camp at their camping grounds. Campers can set up their buffet lunch under a shed they use as a restaurant or under a very old tamarind tree that is has tales of being used by white-settlers as we were told by Jeremiah Kiprotich the camp manager.
The camp has diversified their product offering to include riverine dinner and breakfast at their natural hot spa at Majimoto. The natural spa has warm water that can be used as ‘natural plunge pools’ and be used by guests for relaxing purposes and catching up over drinks.
Jeremiah narrated that the water is believed to have very many therapeutic properties to help your body and skin that includes; reduce stress, reduce pain especially for people suffering from arthritis, relieves skin problems, boosts blood circulation, and promotes sleeping better.
The camp has a fireplace where you can set up a bonfire at night and engage in campfire games while enjoying the night sky. In the morning, the manager can organize guided walks or field studies on geotourism and archeology to guests around the majimoto area that has sites with fossils to guests who are interested.
According to Jeremiah, the Lake Bogoria ecosystem was once submerged under water in an expansive water body due to the large number of fossils found in the area.
While staying at the camp, you must visit the Lake Bogoria National Reserve whose main attractions include; geysers, hotsprings, rich birdlife and wildlife, the endangered kudu antelopes, landscape and so much more.
Make sure that you have carried plenty of drinking water as it gets quite hot while visiting the area. Netbon provides mosquito nets though we would recommend that you carry an insect repellent.
Interested in visiting Netbon and engage in birding, geotourism walks, swimming in the natural spa and viewing wildlife at Lake Bogoria National Reserve? Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org today.