Things to do in Lake Baringo

Things to do in Lake Baringo : Lake Baringo just as Lake Naivasha, is a freshwater lake located in the northern part of the Rift Valley region of Kenya. It has a surface area of roughly 130 square kilometres and is fed with water by two rivers, the Perkerra and the Molo, which all rise in the Mau forest. The odd thing about Lake Baringo is that it never empties, so when there’s a lot of rain, the water enters the lake but never leaves. As a result, occasionally the water level is observed to increase higher. There are more than 470 different species of birds that have been identified in Lake Baringo, with Flamingos, Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Cormorants, and numerous other water birds being the most common species. In comparison to other lakes in Kenya’s Rift Valley, such Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo is one of the least visited lakes. It is located in Baringo County, at least 290 kilometres from Nairobi, the country’s capital. Nonetheless, travellers who have made the trip to this lake attest that it is a true hidden gem that is well worth a visit. It can also serve as the ideal place to stay for travellers travelling to the northern region of Kenya, where they will find the Samburu National Reserve, as well as the nearby Buffalo Springs and Shaba national reserves, which are all great safari tour in kenya destinations.

Bird watching

 Lake Baringo is one of Kenya’s most important birding areas and it is its main attraction with over 470 species of birds. The majority of these bird species can be found on the islands and near the shores of Lake Baringo. Some of the notable birds are; African open bill storks, Goliath herons, African Wattled lapwings, African eagles, Black-tailed godwits, Greater painted-snipes, Verreaux’s eagle,  Egyptian vulture, Steel-blue whydah, African paradise flycatcher, The golden-backed weaver bird, violet-backed wood hoopoe, Lesser Honeyguide, and white-billed buffalo weaver bill for an Ethiopian scimitar, Narina Trogon Common Ostrich, D’Arnaud’s barbet, Rufous-crowned roller bird, Black-headed lapwing, Egyptian Goose, Red-billed Duck, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Yellow-billed Duck, Laughing Dove, Dusky Turtle-Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Star-spotted Nightjar, African Green-Pigeon, Long-toed Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Water Thick knee, Black Crowned Crane, and White Romped Swift are among the species that have been observed wearing helmeted Guinea fowl, Black-winged Kite, Egyptian Vulture, African Harrier-Hawk, Lappet-faced Vulture, Speckled Mouse bird, Bat Hawk, Martial Eagle, African Hawk-Eagle, Grasshopper Buzzard, Black Kite, Northern White-faced Owl, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Narina Trogon, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied and Giant Kingfisher, Little Bee- eater, Abyssinian Roller, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Alpine Swift, Greater and Lesser Honeyguide, Nubian Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo shrike, African Golden Oriole, Pygmy Batis, African Paradise Flycatcher, Somali Fiscal, Somali Tit, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, African Warblers, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Brown-tailed Apalis, Lesser Striped Swallow, African Thrush, African Gray Flycatcher, Sombre Nightjar, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, White crested Turaco, African Palm Swift, Senegal Lapwing. Wattled Lapwing, Greater and Lesser Sand Plover, African Jacana, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Pratincole, African Skimmer, African Open bill, Saddle-billed Stork, Marabou Stork, African Darter, Dwarf Bittern, Goliath Heron, both Great, Little, intermediate and Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron,African Sacred and Hadada lbis, Flycatcher, African Warblers, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Somali Fiscal, Somali Tit, African Thrush, African Grey Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Pygmy White-winged Sunbird, Widowbird, African Silver Bill, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Pin-tailed Whydah, Chestnut Sparrow, African Pied Wagtail, Long-billed Pipit, Black-throated Canary, Somali Bunting, and Yellow-bellied Eremomela are just a few of the birds that can be found in Baringo.

Fishing

Fishing is one of the popular activities on Lake Baringo in Kenya, as the lake is known for having a variety of fish species. Several fish species were caught, including African catfish, marbled lungfish, barbell fish, Tilapia fish (which has at least two subspecies in Lake Baringo), and Nile perch.

Game viewing in Ruko conservancy

One of the attractions at Lake Baringo, Kenya, is the wildlife. Numerous animals can be found in Lake Baringo, including as the greater and lesser kudus, hippos, zebras, impalas, gazelles, crocodiles, klipspringer, raptors, dik-dik, and Reedbucks, to name a few. You can witness these creatures wandering among the Islands of Lake Baringo.

Tour its islands

The other kenya safari tour attractions in Lake Baringo, Kenya, is its seven stunning islands, which are only reachable by boat or canoe. All fishing operations to capture various fish species are conducted along these islands. These islands include Ol Kokwe Island, the largest of the seven islands and home to the Njemps people, which is situated in the middle of Lake Baringo. Baringo Island Camp and the hot springs are located along Ol Kwokwe Island. There is also Devil’s Island, a breathtaking and unique island where the native Njemps people think the island is home to devils, hence the name. Furthermore, the seven beautiful islands that can only be accessed by boat or canoe make up one of the highlights of Lake Baringo tour safaris . All fishing activities aimed at capturing different kinds of fish are carried out near these islands. Located in the centre of Lake Baringo, Ol Kokwe Island is the largest of the seven islands and the home of the Njemps people. Along Ol Kwokwe Island are the hot springs and Baringo Island Camp. Another amazing and unusual island is Devil’s Island, so named because the local Njemps people believe devils reside there. Out of all the recoded species of herons in East Africa, the Goliath heron is the largest. Additionally, Samatian Island, where Samatian Island Camp is located, is a stunning island with verdant Iush. Parmolos Island, Rongena Island, and Lokoros Island are some of the other islands.

Lake Baringo

The lake itself, Lake Baringo, is a sight to behold. There are great boat rides in Lake Baringo with the area of 130Km² and the backdrop of  Tugen hills.

Things to do in Lake Baringo
Lake Baringo

Visit the Reptile Park

Welcome to Baringo Reptiles Park, which is well-known for its reptile population and is home to several rare species in Kenya. The pristine waters of the Lake support a thriving population of crocodiles, and the region is ideal for lizards and snakes due to its heat, dryness, and rocky terrain. The new museum was founded on the belief that natural and cultural assets should be kept in their natural settings rather than being taken out and showcased in other museums, so that the local community and tourists alike can take advantage of this rich legacy.

 When to Visit Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo is open year-round, but the ideal times to visit are during the dry months when the water is lower and it is easier to see the stunning islands in the lake. When the weather is dry, the dry months are July, August, September, January, February, and March.

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