The African Rift Lakes (ARL) region is one of the 35 globally outstanding priority places identified by WWF.
The ARL region brings together three distinct but interlinked regions, the Albertine Rift to the west, the African Great Lakes, and the Eastern (or Gregorian) Rift to the east.
In Kenya, ARL region covers two major priority landscapes: Mau Mara Serengeti and Naivasha Malewa Aberdares.
The Mau Mara Serengeti landscape measures (44,000 km2). The core of the Landscape is the Mara River Basin (13,750 km2) that stretches from the upstream Mau Forests complex, downstream to Musoma bay in Tanzania, where the Mara River enters Lake Victoria.
The Mau forest complex is the largest remaining indigenous montane forest in East Africa and Kenya’s largest ‘water tower’ supplying the Mara River; the only reliable source of surface water in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and a lifeline to the Eighth Wonder of the World (Great Wildebeest Migration).
This area is also a gem trove of charismatic WWF flagship species including the African elephant and the Eastern Black Rhinoceros that calls it home.
The Lake Naivasha Malewa and Aberdares landscape basin host Lake Naivasha, the second largest freshwater lake in Kenya.
The region is characterize by a mosaic of diverse habitats supporting remarkable numbers of various components of biodiversity including the two WWF’s flagships (African elephants & black Rhino), several endemic flora and fauna.