Lake Magadi is one of the few places in Kenya with pristine and untouched attractions, unknown to many domestic and international travelers; Read more…
Many would wish to travel over the weekends to a place not so far from Nairobi; and to a place they would enjoy and have great time. Magadi is 125kms from Nairobi CBD and 87kms from Kiserian town. The road to Magadi is currently re-tarmacked and the road which used to be one big pothole making the journey 4 hours would now take you about an hour and a half. The landscape and terrain down to the Ngong hills is amazingly beautiful. You can access Magadi by Air, Road and Rail.
2. ONE OF THE CLEANEST TOWNS IN KENYA
Unknown to many, Magadi town is one of the cleanest towns in Kenya with the Company TATA chemicals providing the necessary personnel to clean the environment. It is very rare to find waste plastic bags and bottles littered in Magadi. You will realize this as soon as you pass the check point security barrier entering Magadi. Environmental conservation and tree planting is currently ongoing and you will see lots of local men and women watering trees in the entire township.
3. LARGEST SODA ASH PRODUCER IN AFRICA.
Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd, is the largest soda ash manufacturer in Africa. This Mining and production is done in Lake Magadi. Visitors can be able to see and learn through the mining process as well as the chemistry behind the process. Soda ash among many uses is used in Palp and paper industries, glass manufacturing, soap and detergents etc
4. RELATED TO MOMBASA CLIMATE-WISE
Many would associate Magadi weather to Mombasa as Magadi is hot. however, the difference would come in as Mombasa being next to the ocean is hot and humid while Magadi is hot and dry. Night time you would not need much to over your self and in most accommodation units, there would be either a ceiling fans or air conditioners.
5. “MEDICINAL” NATURAL HOT SPRINGS:
Lake Magadi has natural springs to it’s south that provides a unique attraction to many travelers. The springs bubbling at around 35 degrees celsius would provide a nice spot to relax and bath as it is believed to have healing properties to the skin. Travelers would be advised to bath in the springs in the evenings or early morning to well enjoy the natural hot bath. The waters however are very salty and would turn your skin whitish when you get out. The northern part of the lake has more springs; these springs are however different as they boil at around 90 degrees – travelers would visit the place for steam bath and site seeing.
5. WILDLIFE & BIRD LIFE
Magadi has a variety of wildlife including giraffes, zebras, ostriches, gerenuks, gnu (wildebeests), Hyenas, jackals. When you go to wards shompole conservancy, Elephants, lions, cheetahs and buffaloes are common among many others. The variety of birds in Lake Magadi is made possible by the favorable climate, diverse habitats and geographical features that make it a suitable migratory route for birds. The lake is endowed with a wide variety of birds including flamingos and pelicans among hundreds of other bird species.
6. IDEAL SITE FOR FILM SHOOT AND VIDEO SHOOT
Many production companies would be wowed be the breathtaking landscape view and the desert environment in Magadi. A number of films and music videos have been done in Magadi. Recent Music videos among hundreds would includeWyre ft Kalighraph – HotterNoushka – Mungu wanguTID – Nyota yanguSauti sol – Oya come make we go
7. SUITABLE FOR BUDGET TRAVELER
Magadi is ideal if you are on budget; the accommodation, meals and extra charges are affordable. Magadi tented camp and sports club provides accommodation and meals and has bar counter and the products and services are at very affordable rates. Other hotels such as flamingo club and Swimming pool club also are options for travelers.
Unlike many other towns, magadi population is very small and the town is not as crowded as many towns in Kenya. Magadi is also one of the safety places in Kenya. Camping out is safe and you would not need to worry.
9. NEXT TO NATRON AND NGURUMAN ESCARPMENT
Magadi is adjacent to lake Natron which is the breeding grounds for flamingos. Nguruman escarpment would provide a good hiking spot to hikers to the top of the escarpment which has a waterfall (Entasopia river water fall). Other activities on the outskirts of magadi would include fishing at river ewaso ngiro, mud slides at shompole wilderness, night game drives at the conservancy and cultural maasai boma visits.
10. PROFESSIONAL GUIDES AND RANGERS
If you would wish to be educated on the various flora and fauna of magadi, the guide would be very idea. they are trained and would give you the name of birds, trees and shrubs along the excursion.
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