History

Significant populations of plains animals and a plethora of birdlife have long called the verdant shoreline home, as have the Maasai, who considered it prime grazing land. Unfortunately for the Maasai, the splendour of the surroundings wasn’t lost on early settlers, and it was one of the first areas settled, eventually becoming the favourite haunt of Lord Delamere and the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s.

Amazingly, between 1937 and 1950, the lake was Kenya’s main airport, with British Overseas Airways Corporation’s Empire and Solent flying-boats landing here after their four-day journey from Southampton.