Training might not be the only thing you want to do during your stay. Kenya has so many beautiful parks, full of wild animals, which are worth visiting. The ones closest to Iten are the following. We can help you visit any of these parks, both by getting you a private car + experienced driver, and by booking accommodation for you. We can also help you getting accomodation, high- or low-budget, for other parks, like Maasai Mara National Reserve.
The pictures on this page were made by Jim Finlayson, a Canadian ctitizen, who visited our guesthouse in 2014, after which he went to Maasai Mara and made these incredible photos.
Rimoi National Reserve
From your guesthouse you are looking right down at this reserve. It's less than an hour drive - and a beautiful drive! - from Iten, so easy to visit and come back the same day. Rimoi provides unique geological scenery & biodiversity and is one of the few protected areas within the spectacular Kerio Valley. Attractions include a remnant population of elephants, buffalo, impala, nocturnal mammals and hundreds of bird species. The lack of roads within the reserve make for an adventurous day and you may be rewarded by coming across not only elephant but various predators such as leopard as well as grazers, especially buffalo.
Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley is a dramatically situated freshwater lake approximately 22 km long by 11 kms wide. Evidence of its violent volcanic origins is all around, and especially in the extraordinary stepped basalt cliffs to the West of the lake. It lies at an altitude of 1100 meters and is surrounded by mountains rising to almost 3000 meters above the ambient ground level in places. Beyond the northern end of the lake rises the dormant volcano, Karosi, 1449 meters high. The lake is home to hippos and crocodiles as well as an abundance of colourful birds and small reptiles. Giraffe and other grazers are also present to the north of the lake.
To enter the Lake area visitors need to pass through the Baringo District Council “Visitors and Statistics Centre.” Entry is 200 ksh for non-residents (about 2 euro). It’s a good idea to have the exact amount ready as finding change can cause uncomfortable delays in the hot sun. Lake Baringo is a 2-3 hour drive from Iten, but the road towards it has very beautiful scenery.
More on www.lake-baringo.com
Lake Bogoria National Reserve
Lake Bogoria is mostly famous for two things; the hot springs and the huge population of flamingo's. At the entrance you can buy some fresh eggs, and boil them in the hot springs. More on www.lakebogoriareserve.com
What is often done is combining a visit to Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo, since they are not very far apart. Next to Lake Baringo there are many lodges and hotels, although some have recently flooded. One could first pay a visit to Lake Bogoria and then go to Lake Baringo after that, where one spends the night, to make an early morning boat drive the next day, watching the crocodiles and hippo's. It's also possible to visit both lakes on a day and come back the same day, although that involves quite some driving.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru lays about 250 km from Iten, a 3 and a half hour drive. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.
Lake Nakuru is a small but beautiful park. It's not as wide and open as, for instance, the famous Masai Mara park, but more bushy. The nice thing with this park is that it enables visitors to see many animals within a short period of time. We can help you get accommodation and transport.