Since time began, civilisation has been built around water sources. Providing nourishment, irrigating farming plains and offering thoroughfares, lakes and rivers are often the very centre of every settlement big or small.
Given the amount of towns and cities built around rivers and lakes, it’s not difficult to find lakes worth visiting when taking a trip to any part of the world. These are just a few that are well worth a visit.
Lake Nakuru Kenya
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Seeing this expanse of water while the sun rises is a once in a lifetime experience, and not just because the shimmering lake itself is so beautiful. Evert day, a shock of pink stands around the lake’s edge, and can be seen for miles around.
Arriving in their thousands to drink and bathe in the high-sodium carbonate water, flamingos regularly flock to the shores in Lake Nakuru National Park. Sometimes appearing alongside the birds are endangered black and white rhinos, and in the surrounding woodland pythons and lions can often be seen patrolling their territory.
When wishing to truly experience the beauty of the animal kingdom, this is certainly the best lake to visit. There are many tour operators like Flying Dove that do Kenyan safaris so have a search online for your options as prices vary greatly.
When wishing to truly experience the beauty of the animal kingdom, this is certainly the best lake to visit.
Crater Lake USA
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One of the most majestic, geologically fascinating lakes in the world, Crater lake is the result of a 12,000-foot-high volcano erupting thousands of years previously. This national park is rife with the raw, powerful beauty that only nature can provide. Sights of the sweeping hills, towering cliffs and calm crystalline waters are sure to stay in any visitor’s mind.
Crater Lake is often the location of choice for skiers, both expert and experienced. Cross-country skiing activities on those snow-capped peaks are well worth a try, or there’s the 33-mile road which encircles the Lake from which to enjoy some gorgeous views.
You can learn a little more about Crater Lake here.
Lake Garda Italy
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As one of Italy’s largest lakes, Lake Garda has seen a series of towns and settlements spring up along its pebbled shores for thousands of years.
For lovers of hiking in Italy, it’s a sure-fire choice to really get a taste of what Italy has to offer. With so many charming resort downs and villas dotted along the shore and plenty of places to stop for a snack, it’s never a dull moment.
On the southern shore, those looking for some real relaxation can take a dip in the water gushing from the earth at 37°C. On the craggy northern shore, the beautiful mountain ranges stand proud against a clear horizon.
For a full experience, a trip to one of the Lake’s top resorts is in order. There’s plenty of holiday firms which offer some great rooms, such as Inghams, and with locations like vineyard-capital Bardolino or the lively Salo, there’s plenty to experience.
One place of note is Limone – a lemon-grove patched walker’s paradise on the north-western shore. Nearby, Milan and Venice are a stone’s throw away.
Loch Lomond Scotland
Those who brave the Scottish cold in the winter months will be treated to the beautiful sight of snow-drenched mountains, ice-steeped castles and bracing, powdery paths. However, it’s the summer months in which Loch Lomond really shines.
History-lovers will enjoy a visit to the 7th Century monastery tucked between the hills, or a visit to the striking 14th century Lennox Castle.
The lake itself is 24 miles long, and dotted with plenty of tiny islands. One island, Inchmurrin, has its own tiny population.
24 miles south of the lake is Glasgow, while Edinburgh lies 66 miles east and is easily reachable by train.