Lake Logipi in the Suguta Valley, Kenya

Lake Logipi – Wildlife, How to Get There & More

Lake Logipi is a minor lake located in the northern Kenyan Rift Valley. The saline, alkaline lake lies in the northern end of dry Suguta Valley, south of Lake Turkana. It lies approximately 48 km from Lake Turkana and is separated by the barrier volcanic complex.

Lake Logipi is about 6 km wide and 3 km long and has a maximum depth of 3m to 5m. Its waters are composed of sodium bicarbonate with a pH of 9.5 to 10.5 and salinity that ranges from less than 20 g/l to more than 50 g/l. Efflorescent salt crusts are present around its margins. Lake Logipi’s shores are very barren and entirely enclosed by mountains. On the east shore, there are three apparently barren islands. Soft layers of silt of different hues of brown lie below the shallow water.

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On the northern shoreline and at Cathedral Rocks near Lake Logipi’s limits, saline hot springs discharge and help to maintain water at times of extreme aridity. During the rainy season, the lake is fed by the Suguta River, which flows northward along the Suguta Valley, occasionally forming Lake Alablab (a temporary lake), which unites with Logipi.

Lake Logipi in the Suguta Valley, Kenya
Lake Logipi in the Suguta Valley, Kenya | Photo By François-Olivier Dommergues

Lake Logipi is a flamingo haven, inhabiting the saline waters and feeding on cyanobacteria and other plankton. The colorful flamingos migrate from Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria to the remote shallow lakes. Logipi is a hidden gem in the northern part of Kenya that has a lot yet to be discovered.

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  • Nancy Smith
    Oct 1, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    I was able to visit Kenya in 1971 at the age of 16. It was a school trip but it was so incredible. I visited your site today because they mentioned Lake Logipi and flamingos but it was Lake Nakuru that they took us to to see the flamingos. My photos are so old but still bring back wonderful memories. The trip had a lasting effect on me. Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, The Oceanic Hotel in Mombasa and Nairobi…all fantastic.

    • Karingithi B
      Oct 15, 2021 at 8:44 am

      It’s wonderful after more than 40 years later, you remember your incredible trip to Kenya and the places you toured. A visit to Kenya guarantees you the best safari experience. Visit again, and bring your family!😊

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