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Shompole Conservancy

Shompole is a Conservancy which has been set aside for the wildlife. Achieved by banning cattle and people from freely roaming and using the area. With a rich biodiversity, the conservancy has in abundance of lion, buffalo, wild dog, elephant, golden jackal and honey badgers to name just a few.

The land within the conservancy is diverse. From arid salt savannah plains to lush swamp and riverine forest. The plains are ideal for exploring on walking safaris. Elsewhere, activities include game drives, night drives, river tubing and excursions to Lake Natron.

Lake Natron is a Rift Valley Lake, alongside other notable lakes including Lake Kivu in Rwanda, Lake Nyassa in Malawi and Lake Turkana. Saline, with a deep red colour in the dry season, this is a breeding area for 2.5 million lesser flamingos. The birds thrive on bacteria that are a result of the salinity of the water. The caustic nature of the mud around the lake deters predators. The hot springs are a draw for visitors to the Shampole Conservancy.

Outstanding birding

This is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered birds and the endemic alkaline tilapia.