Visiting Lake Ol Bolossat
Located between the Aberdare Ranges and Dundori Ridge is Central Province’s only natural lake – Ol Bolossat. I also didn’t know that it was the only one in Central Province until about two years ago. I’d always longed to visit it and see the beauty it held and last week, the opportunity presented itself and I joined friends from Onetouch for a short trip there.
Getting to Ol Bolossat was quite a breeze. From Nairobi, we drove towards Nakuru and turned off the highway at Gil Gil. From there, we started climbing up the Rift Valley escarpment towards Nyahururu. We turned off the highway to the right at Ol Jororok and from there, it was a few kms to Kichakani Paradise which is the only place you can stay while visiting this side of Ol Bolossat. There’s been some work done to the parts of the road that used to be impassable in the rainy season so you can easily get to Kichakani even in a saloon.
Very little happens around the lake to attract visitors in need of more than a place to relax. There is indeed a lot more that can be done. I’m thinking water sports like skiing, canoeing, sailing… Or a simple terrace where one can enjoy the beauty of the lake and it’s birdlife with the backdrop of the Aberdares while sipping a drink…
We got to Kichakani at about 3pm and after self-catered lunch, we went to the lake just as the sun was setting.
The following morning, we were up before the sun, chasing the sunrise. The fog however was a thick blanket, hiding the sun from us. Our fingers froze to numbness in the cold of the early morning as we clicked away.
I don’t know what these two huts next to the lake were meant to be – maybe some cultural experience centre or something. They are currently empty and uninhabitable.
Birdlife is abundant at Lake Ol Bolossat. It also has hippos and we did get to see a crocodile!
As the day grew older, the fog moved inland from the lake.
Common cranes flying over Lake Ol Bolossat.
We returned at the end of the day and shot some more.
As we prepared to leave the lakeside, God showed off with this painting on His sky of a canvas. We acknowledged His Majesty in photos.
You can find out more about Kichakani Paradise here.