Ondiri Swamp Day Birding
Ondiri Swamp the the only Quaking Bog in Kenya
The swamp has its natural uniqueness. It is the only quaking bog (wet spongy and shaky ground that has no foundation) in the country and is the second deepest wetland on the continent after another in Doula, Cameroon
Ondiri swamp is a kilometer from Kikuyu Town in Kiambu County, a walking distance from the town on new southern bypass road
It was named Old Lake during the colonial times but local Kikuyu people corrupted the phrase to Ondiri.
Ondiri swamp serves as an underground outlet to Lake Naivasha and that makes it a perennial bog.
According to hydrologists, the swamp, which stands on a 30-hectare piece of land, is 10 kilometres deep.
Birdlife is prolific in a good day you may record over 100 species
- Augur Buzzard
- Common Moorhen
- Black Crake
- Little Bittern
- Water Rails
- Malachite Kingfisher
- White winged Widowbird
- Malachite Sunbird
and other terrestrial species
Story of a woman, we met at the swamp and lives in Kikuyu town, she says she is terrified of the Ondiri Swamp.
Many people from various religious denominations flock the swamp as they believe that the water has healing and soothing powers