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Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya  have earned special attention from the UNESCO committee due to the fact that their waters and the shrimp & algae living in them sustain as much as 75 percent of the world’s Lesser Flamingos.

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Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya have earned special attention from the UNESCO committee due to the fact that their waters and the shrimp & algae living in them sustain as much as 75 percent of the world’s Lesser Flamingos.

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley The Kenya Lake System is composed of three alkaline lakes and their surrounding territories: Lake Bogoria, ha; and Lake Elementaita, ha.

The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley. Come at the right time and you'll see the shoreline of Kenya's lakes turn bright pink as they're filled with millions of flamingos. The lesser flamingos (the smallest species of them) gather at these lakes to feed on the abundant blue-green algae which thrive in the warm alkaline waters. Professional wildlife photographer Martin Harvey was lucky enough to see this for himself, coming back with these amazing photos.

Breathtaking Shots of Millions of Flamingos

Flamingos at Lake Bogoria, Kenya Photo by Martin Harvey, Alamy via National Geographic

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia A world heritage site and national park, with the tallest peak Ras Dashen reaching 4,619 metres, this region is best known as the habitat of gelada baboons and Ethiopian wolves

Africa's Rift Valley from above – in pictures

The Simien Mountains, Ethiopia A World Heritage Site and national park, with the tallest peak Ras Dashen reaching metres, this region is best known as the habitat of Gelada baboons and Ethiopian wolves by Michael Poliza

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. Inscription in 2011. Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. Inscription in Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)

Lake Nakuru, Kenya  And you thought your city was crowded? A streak of blue and pink in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of pink flamingoes that flock here to feed on the lake's algae.  A UNESCO Heritage Site, Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to hippos, white and black rhino, giraffe and buffalo.

Lake Nakuru, Kenya And you thought your city was crowded? A streak of blue and pink in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of pink flamingoes that flock here to feed on the lake's algae. A UNESCO Heritage Site, Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to hippos, white and black rhino, giraffe and buffalo.

Day two: Þingvellir National Park Skirting the lake, Route 360 strikes north with Wagnerian vistas galore until the land flattens out along Route 36 and a nondescript turn-off announces one of the Western Worlds most important sites—both geographically and historically. Þingvellir National Park, a gorgeous rift valley, is the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates (they’re separating at up to 18mm per year) and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the world’s first…

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