Rift Valley from Above

Nabiyotum Crater, Lake Turkana, Kenya

Nabiyotum Crater, Lake Turkana, Kenya

German photographer Michael Poliza took to the skies by helicopter to capture the extraordinary landscapes of the Rift Valley in Kenya and Ethiopia from the air.

Thunderstorms approaching near Desert Rose, Northern Kenya

Suguta Valley. Thunderstorms approaching near Desert Rose, Northern Kenya

Village near Lokwakangole, Kenya

Village near Lokwakangole, Kenya On the shores of Lake Turkana, woven palm-frond homes glow warmly in the afternoon light

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia.

The Simien Mountains, Ethiopia. A World Heritage Site and national park, with the tallest peak Ras Dashen reaching 4,619 metres, this region is best known as the habitat of Gelada baboons and Ethiopian wolves

Flamingo Lake, Central Island, Lake Turkana, Kenya

Flamingo Lake, Central Island, Lake Turkana, Kenya The region is home to hundreds of species of birds endemic to Kenya. They are essentially supported by plankton masses in the lake which feed the fish

Suguta Valley, Kenya

Suguta Valley, Kenya. A dune landscape with Aruba Rock visible in the background. Temperatures of up to 71C have been measured here. There are few other places on earth where so many different types of terrain can be found so close together – there are lakes, mountains, flood-plains and rich grasslands in close proximity to the dunes.

Lake Turkana, Kenya

Lake Turkana, Kenya Visiting fishermen ring the lake and stay for eight to 12 weeks, drying their catch in the sun to preserve it. The lake is home to tiger fish and Nile perch weighing up to 220 pounds.

Full story and more images: Africa’s Rift Valley from Above

Published on Friday 19 April 2013 at The Guardian

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