Facts about Soysambu

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  • Altitude: 1,775–1,950 metres above sea levelkay-lorenz-15
  • Area: Soysambu Conservancy is 19,433-hectares (48,000-acres) while Lake Elementaita fluctuates seasonally between 19 km² and 22 km²
  • Location: Within the eastern limb of Africa’s Great Rift Valley approximately 130 km northwest of Nairobi and 27km from the Nderit Gate of Nakuru National Park.
  • Wildlife: Over 15,000 wild animals, including Rothschild Giraffes, Buffaloes, Leopards, Hyenas, Jackals, Elands, Zebras, Impalas, Thompson’s and Grant’s Gazelles, Defassa Waterbucks, Reedbucks, Warthogs, Steinboks, Klipspringers and Colobus Monkeys
  • Birds: Over 450 species, 80 of which are waterfowl, with over half a million birds visiting annually.
  • Terrain: To the east lies Lake Elementaita, to the west Lake Nakuru . The dormant volcanoe Oldoinyo Eburu lies to the south and Menengai to the north.
  • The Lake: A soda lake lying in the bottom of the eatern arm of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Elementaita fluctuates in size between 19 sq km and 22 sq km).
  • Global Status: The Kenya Lake System of the Great Rift Valley was added to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage List in 2011.
  • Ecology: Soysambu features remnant volcanic features such as lava flows, craters, plugs and craters. Close to the lake are areas of tall bamboo grass and sedges while further inland are areas of yellow-barked Acacia, green Warburgia trees, and pockets of Euphorbia candelabra.sleeping-300x188
  • Background: The conservancy was set up in 2006 as a non-profit organisation, dedicated to the conservation of the area’s wildlife species and their habitats. The conservancy is also committed towards supporting the local communities that surround it.
  • In the vicinity: Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate National Park, Mount Longonot National Park, The Menengai Crater and the Eburru Escarpment.
  • Historic sites: Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site and the Kariandusi Museum prehistoric site where stone handaxes and cleavers were discovered in 1928 by Louis Leakey.