Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo  surrounded by a scenic rugged semi-desert landscape and is a classic example of timeless Africa. The Lake is a one of the two fresh water lakes in the Great East African Rift Valley set in hostile dry rock covered scenery. Lake Baringo is after Lake Turkana, the most northern of the Kenya Great Rift Valley lakes.

The lake is fed by several rivers, El Molo, Perkerra and Ol Arabel. Lake  Baringo has no obvious outlet and it is assumed that the water seeps through the lake sediments into the faulted volcanic bedrock.

Lake Baringo lies off the beaten track in a hot and dusty setting. A birdwatcher’s paradise with over 470 bird species having been recorded here including the occasionally migrating flamingos and other wandering water birds being significant in these regions and worldwide. Watch out for the huge colonies of Weavers in the acacia trees, including Buffalo weavers and White-headed weavers. Tawny eagles, Martial eagles, Wahlberg eagles and others nest in the treetops and birds of prey that feed off the small mammals, dry country game and birds such as the abundant Guinea fowl and Francolins that come to the lake to drink.

Blacksmith plovers nest on sand bars and huge flocks of Sand grouse come to bathe and quench their thirst. Queleas, Hornbills, Secretary birds and Black crested snake eagles may also be found in the area. Malachite kingfishers, White throated bee-eaters and various Barbets are all easily spotted as are Variable and Collared sunbirds. Black headed herons, Purple herons, Yellow-billed storks, Sacred ibis, Red-billed duck, Cape teal and other water birds are all found in abundance and there are always new species being recorded.

 The Lake provides an invaluable habitat for seven fresh water fish species. Fishing is an important activity to the local economy. Moreover the area is a home for many species of animals including the hippos, crocodile and many other mammals, amphibians, reptiles and the invertebrate communities


Highlights of Lake Baringo, Rift Valley

  • Walking & Jogging and Picnics & Bush Breakfasts
  • Canoeing, and Bird Watching
  • Cultural Visits
  • Massage

Adventure and Pleasure at the Lake Baringo, Rift Valley

  • Scenic Flights or Helicopter Charters to the northern Rift – Cradle of Mankind
  • Interesting Excursions, Wake-boarding and Boat Trips with Picnics
  • Bush Breakfasts

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: arrival Nairobi day 2: Nairobi Excursions History and Kenya Culture Days 3/5: Lake Nakuru Game Viewing wild game and birdwatcher’s paradise Days 6/8: Lake Baringo panoramic views of the lake and the rugged Northern Frontier. Days 9/13: overnights Lamu 14 Day homebound flight via Nairobi

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