Lakes and Tarns


Mount Kenya is a world class fly fishing location; it has been believed this for decades since the British decided to stock the high altitude lakes and tarns on the upper slopes of the moorland. The Kenya Wildlife Service continues to stock the lakes and tarns with Brown and Rainbow Trout, and the fishing is better than ever.

The lakes and tarns provide several challenges, firstly getting to this wild place high up on Mt Kenya’s moorland which is supported by African Ascents mountain team. There are several route options depending on which area of the mountain is to be accessed and which lakes and tarns are to be fished.

The fishing itself requires skill and patience as you need to find where the fish are, choose the right fly and land a trout on the lake shore. A good cast is required to get the fly right out as far as possible, and also skill to avoid small batches of heather. For novices we have expert fishing guides to teach the skills required to land you fish in Africa.

There are several lakes and tarns that we can access.

Lake Elice– A beautiful lake found on the North eastern side of the Mountain close to the Gorges Valley. It is best access via the Chogoria route and is an absolute must do on any fly fishing safari. Mostly Rainbow trout, average catch size of 2 – 2.5Lb.

Lake Michaelson– The highest of the fly fishing scenes on Mt Kenya set inside the steep cliffs of the dramatic Gorges Valley. The lake is best combined with a trip to Lake Elice as the access is via the same route.

Lake Alice– Found on the Northern western side of the mountain, Lake Alice is spectacular. A lower lake than the other makes it more popular than the others and can be combined with Lake Rutundu, both lakes are the lowest in altitude of all the fishable lakes.

Other lakes- We at African Ascents are working with our partners, Ragati, Iolaus and the Kenya Wildlife Service to have several other lakes on the southern side stocked and ready for some superb fly fishing. This side has been somewhat neglected due to difficult access, with the opening of Ragati Conservancy these lakes are far more accessible.


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