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Mau Degradation Exposes Makalia River

By Eric Kihiu
Makalia Falls, Easter 2011

Makalia Falls, Easter 2011

The Makalia River rises in the Mau, and is a key source of water for Lake Nakuru. Presently, the river has dried up and no water flows. The Makalia Falls in Lake Nakuru National Park is, usually, a scenic site where the roar of rushing water provides accompaniment to birdsong and the occasional impala grunt or baboon bark. It is now eerily quiet, and provokes the question: just how much damage has been done to the Mau ecosystem to occasion the drying up of once perennial rivers?

Makalia River - riverbed exposed

Makalia River - riverbed exposed