Tertiary Rift Basin

Kenya Tertiary Rift Basin - Post Conference Excursion

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Day 1: 10 June 2017

Delegates will depart from Nairobi, making a (first stop 1) at the Big Five View Point, to observe the step faulting of the eastern branch of the Great East African Rift Valley. From here delegates will also have a beautiful distant view of Mount Longonot on the rift floor to the northwest, and Mount Suswa to the south.

The next stop (Stop 2) will be at the Flyover View Point where visitors will have a closer view of Mount Longonot caldera that stands at 2500m above sea level. Delegates will then be driven all the way to Olkaria via Naivasha Town, through the numerous Flower Farms along Lake Naivasha shores to Olkaria I &II Geothermal Development Complexes (Stop 3).


Geothermal Development Complex

From here Delegates will be driven to Nakuru Town for lunch.  Thereafter, delegates drive about 100 km north to Lake Bogoria SPA Resort where they will be staying during the field trip.  The Hotel is renowned for being the only one in Kenya with a naturally heated spa pool, associated with hot springs and its therapeutic values.

Day 2: 11 June 2017

Delegates will drive west wards towards Kabarnet stopping at the Kapthurin formation (Stop 4) near Marigat Township to observe the fluvial deposits. From here delegates will be driven to Kerio Valley along the scenic zig-zag road, through a thick tropical forested Kabarnet Hills via Karbarnet town before stopping at the edge of the Eastern Escarpment (Stop 5) of the Kerio Valley at Eastern View Point to observe the Elgeyo Escarpment with beautiful meandering Kabarnet-Iten road

Eastern View Point of the Elgeyo Escarpment

Delegates will start descending along a meandering road and stop at the Cheploch Bridge (Stop 6) where a thick exposure of about 40 meters of Kabarnet trachyte can be observed in a deep canyon that has been dissected by the Kerio River.


Section of the Kabarnet Trachyte at the Kerio River Bridge


Kolol View Point

At the Kolol View Point (Stop 7). Basement rocks of the K-feldspar-rich pegmatite rocks are exposed with numerous slicken slides.

Tambach Formation consisting of inter-bedded shales and sandstones

The delegates will view the Miocene Tambach Formation (Stop 8) which are the potential reservoir and source rocks in the region. More than 20 meter thickness of the section is exposed consisting of inter bedded shales and sandstones. Delegates will be driven northwards along the valley to top of the Elgeyo Escarpment at the Iten View Point. After lunch delegates will be driven back to Lake Bogoria SPA Resort.

Day 3: 12 June 2017

Delegates will check out of Lake Bogoria Spa Hotel and visit the Lake Bogoria Reserve to view the hot springs and wildlife and thereafter drive back to Nairobi to depart in the afternoon/evening to their destinations.

Fees: US$ 850

Costs include transport, accommodation, meals and park fees.
Delegates should also ensure that they come with the appropriate field gear e.g. field boots.

Contact Person:

John Ego,
Senior Geologist,
National Oil Corporation of Kenya
AON Minet House, 7th floor Off Nyerere Rd.
P.O Box 58567 - 00200, Nairobi, Kenya.
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Telephone:+254-20-695 2000
Cell phone: +254-722 795 707
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