Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has temporarily shut down the Olkaria Geothermal Spa effective 18th March 2020.
Olkaria’s Geothermal spa is arguably the most wondrous thing in all of Nakuru County. The natural spa contains warm water that is rich in minerals and the water is heated naturally, Many people that visited the site often credit it with the cure of diseases such as Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia arthritis and improves skin texture.
The decision by the state owned company to close the spa is meant to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus which has so far infected 4 Kenyans.
The spa water is natural with no treatment having been done to it. Some salty water known as brine is pumped through large pipes at 300 degrees Celsius before being allowed to cool and thereafter released into the pool at between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius. Tourists trickle in here to enjoy the warm water’s medicinal values.
The piublic notice to close the spa was made via social media accounts owned by KenGen:
The Second lagoon is an overflow from the first lagoon and offers temperatures of up to 50oC. Designed in an aesthetic manner, this lagoon has both shallow and deep ends.
The third and largest lagoon whose temperature is 35oC can take up to 400 people. You can experience the warm/ hot water bathing in the third lagoon.
An extension of the third lagoon has children pool hardly one foot deep where small children as young as two can enjoy the warm bath, under the care of lifesavers as their parents relax their bodies in the third or second lagoons.