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About Rift Valley

Rift Valley is situated in Kenya and is one of the country's top game areas. Rift Valley backpacking tours offer a range of attractions from game viewing to birdwatching.


Rift Valley airports include the following:
•Jomo Kenyatta Nairobi International Airport


Rift Valley birdlife is diverse, with over 400 species which include endemic and migratory species to be seen. Water birds around the lakes include greater and lesser flamingos and white pelicans, white-necked cormorants, herons, storks, fish eagles, spoonbills, ibises, ducks, gulls and terns with trogons, turacos and weaver birds found in the woodlands.


Rift Valley conservation is essential to preserve the large number of ecosystems within the area, and with a number of parks within the area including Marsabit Park, Lake Kamnarok Reserve and Mount Longonot National Park. A number of threatened species can be found within the area including black and white rhino populations.


Rift Valley malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Rift Valley money and banking information includes the following:
•Credit cards are seldom accepted outside of large towns
•Currency and travellers cheques should be exchanged at the airport
•Dollars, Pounds and Euros are easier to exchange than other currencies
•ATMs or cash points can only be found in major towns
•Be prepared and bring cash with you before leaving for Rift Valley


Rift Valley plantlife has huge contrasts from semi-tropical vegetation to dry grasslands. A number of key habitats can be found including Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru, with grass-covered shores and acacia woodland lining the lakes and marshes.

Safety Tips

•Be very careful when driving within the Rift Valley area
•Avoid the danger zones around border posts and do not drive after dark
•Terrorist attacks have been known to happen in the last few years
•Generally Rift Valley is fairly safe for travel but be sensible and vigilant
•Do not get out of your car during game drives, unless you are at a rest stop

Travel Books

Rift Valley recommended travel books include the following:
•Lonely Planet Kenya 6th Edition by Tom Parkinson
•Kenya Handbook 2nd Edition by Lizzie Williams
•Globetrotter Travel Guide: Kenya by Dave & Val Richards
•Frommer's Kenya & Tanzania by by Keith Bain, Pippa de Bruyn & Jonathon Yevin


Kenya's famous game areas offer some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, and as such Rift Valley wildlife does not disappoint. With a number of game spots including the remote and beautiful Marsabit Park you will be able to see a range of game including elephant, lion, wildebeest, black and white rhino, large numbers of antelope species, zebra and giraffe.


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