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Lake Ol’Bolossat

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Lake Ol’Bolossat has  a size of 43.3 kilometers square, it is the only freshwater lake in Central Kenya

East African’s highest altitude lake of its size

Lying 7,600 feet above sea level, on the foothills the spectacular Nyandarua Mountains

It is uniqueness offers a variety of habitats making it rich in biodiversity

Lake Ol'Bolossat Birdwatching

 

Lake Ol’ Bolossat lies 7,600 feet above sea level, and below the spectacular Aberdare mountain ranges

It is uniqueness offers a variety of habitats making it rich in biodiversity

Climate is semi-humid and is strongly influenced by local topography due to the surrounding highlands.

The main physical features of the Lake Ol’Bolossat region include Kinangop Plateau and Ol’ Kalou/ Ol’ Joro Orok plateaus which have slopes that are interrupted by low undulating hills and sloping depressions

Being close to the Great Rift Valley, the lake sits along with one of Kenya’s most important bird migration flyways, hence a suitable site for feeding and resting and probably as a wintering ground for the Palearctic migrants

 Lake Ol’ Bolossat is the source of the Ewaso Nyiro River which has its source from Aberdares Ranges

The lake lies within the central tourism circuit Nyeri – Nakuru, Naivasha – Maralal –Baringo, and Nanyuki – Baringo

The lake also Supplies clean water in Nyahururu town and the surrounding areas of Nyandarua county

Lake Ol’Bolossat also support tourism at Thomson’s fall

The Lake also supports the livelihoods of communities, livestock, and wildlife in the dry Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, and Garissa Counties

The Lake’s rich biodiversity includes hippos and over 150 bird species

Including the endangered Grey-crowned Crane and the endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw both of which are high on the bird see list

Lake Ol’Bolossat has the highest population of Grey-crowned Cranes in East Africa

The concentration of Ducks, Geese, and Coots is very high in Lake Ol’Bolossat

Widely referred to as the “kidneys of the landscape”, wetlands are, indeed, critical in the functioning of the global hydrological cycle. 

They play a regulatory role in climate systems, water purification, and waste removal, re-charge of groundwater, and provide a suitable habitat for many aquatic plants and animals

Lakes make cities habitable in various ways – they control flooding, replenish drinking water, filter waste, provide urban green spaces along their shores, and are a source of livelihoods

Common Birds in Lake Ol' Bolossat

Bird Highlights in Lake Ol’Bolossat

Lake Ol’Bolossat is home to a variety of bird species, its one of the important lakes for migrating ducks and other waterbirds, offering  suitable breeding, feeding, and wintering grounds  

Lake Ol’Bolossat has a significant number of  Sharpe’s Longclaw a globally threatened  and Kenya high-altitude grassland endemic bird

The lake holds the second largest Kenyan population of the endangered  Grey Crowned Crane, and probably the highest density of breeding pairs across the species range

Notable birds In Lake Ol’ Bolossat

  • Little Grebe
  • Great Cormorant
  • African Darter
  • Dwarf  Bittern
  • Little Bittern
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Madagascar Squacco Heron
  • Black Egret
  • Goliath Heron
  • Hamerkop
  • White Stork
  • Abdim’s Stork
  • Black Stork
  • Woolly-necked Stork
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • African Spoonbill
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Lesser Flamingo
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Knob-billed Goose
  • African Pygmy Goose
  • White-faced Whistling Duck
  • Fulvous Whistling duck
  • Maccoa Duck
  • Red-billed Duck
  • Hottentot Teal
  • White-backed Duck
  • Yellow-billed Duck
  • African Black Duck
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Garganey
  • Common Teal
  • Eurasian Widgeon
  • Southern Pochard
  • African Fish Eagle
  • African Marsh Eagle
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Red-chested Flufftail
  • African Crake
  • Black Crake
  • Purple Swamphen
  • African Water Rail
  • Red-knobbed Coot
  • Lesser Moorhen
  • Lesser Jacana
  • Grey Crowned Crane
Lake Ol'Bolossat Birds