Lake Magadi

Our adventure this weekend revolved around Lake Magadi.  To quote Wikipedia, it is the southern most lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley.  The lake is 80% soda ash and is highly alkaline.  This makes it a perfect place for flamingos.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived in town was a giant factory.  This is home to the Magadi Soda Company, which is now owned by the Indian Company, Tata.  The town had a swimming pool so it was clear that the factory’s presence has allowed the town to prosper.

I unfortunately didn’t get any great pictures of the actual soda ash, but image a giant lake full of grey mashed potatoes.  That’s pretty much it.

The car did not break down in Magadi; however, we were in need of fuel and the town was all out.  Apparently the next truck with petrol wasn’t due in until Monday.  Crossed our fingers that they would have fuel in Ngurumani, our ultimate destination.

Here are some pics from the area.  I’ll have more later in a related post for our return trip home.

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