Lakes Lake Baringo Lake Bogoria Lake Magadi Lake Naivasha Lake Nakuru Lake Turkana Lake Victoria
The Rift Valley Lakes include some of the oldest, largest and deepest lakes in the world, and many are freshwater ecoregions of great biodiversity, while others are alkaline or soda lakes supporting highly specialised species. The World Wildlife Fund has designated the African Rift Valley Lakes one of its Global 200 priority ecoregions for conservation.

For reasons that aren't clear many of the lakes rose significantly in 2012 and reached levels not seen in fifty years. It is probable that these rises will have a long term impact on the lakes and the animal and bird-life they support. Even small changes can have a big impact on the surrounding ecosystem so it is very difficult to predict what the longer term effects of these big rises will be.

Each lake is different, has its own character and supports its own unique range of plant and animal species. Many are seen as so important they have been gazetted and protected as national parks and reserves. Others are vital sources of water and food for some of the people of the region. Because the lakes are so different it is quite feasible for people to visit more than one lake and have a totally different experience at each.