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Southern Rift Valley is a region of Kenya.


  • Nairobi – the capital city
  • Kerugoya
  • Meru
  • Naivasha – Lake Naivasha (a freshwater lake) is a popular weekend getaway for 'Nairobian's and features resort hotels such as the Lake Naivasha Country Club, and more secluded spots such as the beautiful Crater Lake Lodge to the west of the main lake.
  • Nakuru – Lake Nakuru is best known as a birder's paradise mainly due to the vast populations of flamingos that live around this soda lake. Accommodation around the lake includes Lake Nakuru Lodge and Lion Hill Camp.
  • Nanyuki
  • Nyeri

Other destinations


This is the portion of the Rift Valley in Kenya more or less to the south of the Ewaso N'goro. It includes the capital city of Nairobi and the National Parks between Nairobi and Mombasa.

The rift is home to a wide range of Kenya's peoples including nomadic herding peoples such as the Turkana, Pokot, Samburu and Maasai but also including farmers such as the Kikuyu and even remnant groups of hunter-gatherer peoples such as the Ogiek who live in the remaining forests on the Mau escarpment of the Rift valley.

Get in

Matatu is the standard way of getting around, but be warned it can be very cramped, with goods, people and chickens packing into a 7-seater minibus. It is very common for these to go very fast and surprisingly are often involved in accidents.

Get around

Some of the main trunk roads of Kenya pass along the rift valley so travel in this region is relatively straight forward.

The Matatu is good for getting from A to B, but if you want some luxury for not much more you can hire a 4x4 taxi.





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