Iten - Kerio View

Kerio View as viewed from Elgeyo Escarpment, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Kerio View Hotel offers accommodations and dining with a superb view from the escarpment. Iten, Kenya

Flora and Fauna:

Mocking Cliff-Chat  Fan-tailed Raven  Greater Blue-eared Starling  Black-and-White Colobus  Red-winged Starling  Speckled Mousebird  Bush Violet  Podo  Sorrel  Ring-necked Dove 

Shown above as thumb-links from top left are Mocking Cliff-Chat, Fan-tailed Raven, Blue-eared Starling, Black-and-White Colobus, Red-winged Starling, Speckled Mousebird, Bush Violet, Podo, Rumex, and Ring-necked Dove.

Kerio View with its restaurant and hotel is a popular destination in western Kenya for a number of reasons. From the dining room and gardens the view of the Kerio Valley and the Great Rift far below is spectacular. The rooms are comfortable and the food delicious. Many visitors stop while on safari, while many others come for more specific reasons. Iten is a top training center for runners, especially long-distance marathoners. Pleasant temperatures and the high altitude (2300 meters) might promote higher oxygen carrying capacity in the blood. Besides endurance sports this location also draws extreme sport fans: paragliding. From mid-morning until the afternoon winds become too slack or chaotic young men and women leap from the precipice while harnessed to large kite-like sails. For an hour or more the enthusiasts can share the skies with vultures and ravens while enjoying the amazing view.

Dare devils take to the air above the Rift Valley at Kerio View, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens 

Transport to Iten is easy via minibus (matatu). From the town center Kerio View is reached up a short but steep road. Just east of Iten on the road to Kabernet there is a scenic view pull-out. Many birds, montane flora and wildlife can be seen along the road down the escarpment. A few kilometers down the steep, mountainous road is the Lelin Campsite with good nature watching. This is a dangerous stretch of highway. Implore your driver to be safe and if he refuses get out and walk!

Lake Kamnarok far below in the Kerio Valley, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens  Among the trees are monkeys and birds, Kerio View, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens 

Bird watching and tremendous scenery at Kerio View. Lake Kamnarok (left) and the Kerio Valley Reserve far below have elephants and other wildlife. Thumb-links for some nature that might be seen are shown below: Bee-Eater, Parisoma, Tropical Boubou, Red-headed Weaver, Popcorn Senna, and Madder.

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater  Brown Parisoma  Tropical Boubou  Red-headed Weaver  Popcorn Senna  Indian Madder 

More Information:

Kenya Natural History
Reptiles + Amphibians

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