Welcome to Lake Magadi
The most mineral-rich of the Rift Valley's soda lakes is Lake Magadi, southwest of Nairobi. It is almost entirely covered by a thick encrustation of soda that supports small colonies of flamingos and gives the landscape a bizarre lunar appearance. It makes an interesting day trip from Nairobi, especially if you have your own transport and enough time to visit Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site en route. It can also be a launching pad for the remote, rarely visited Shompole Conservancy, close to the Tanzanian border.