ATTRACTIONS IN LAKE BARINGO

Attractions in Lake Baringo Kenya: Lake Baringo just like Lake Naivasha is of the fresh water lake situated in the Northern corner of the Kenya’s Rift valley region. Lake Baringo covers about 130 Square Kilometers and it receives water from 2 rivers including River Perkerra and River Molo which all originate from Mau forest. Surprisingly Lake Baringo has no outlet thus sometimes the water levels are seen to riser higher especially during the heavy rainfalls since the water enters and never exits the lake.

Lake Baringo tis famous for the existence of a huge species of birds with over 470 species recorded of which the most common bird species are the Flamingo birds, Fish eagles, Pelican, Cormorants and many other water birds. Apart from water birds, Lake Baringo as well harbors some of the fish species like the Nile perch, Cat fish, Tilapia, lungfish to mention but a few.

Lake Baringo is situated at least 290 Kilometers from Nairobi the Capital city of Kenya in Baringo County and is amongst the least visited as compared to other Lakes in the Rift Valley region of Kenya such as Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria. However, tourists who have visited this Lake can testify that it is indeed a hidden gem worth a visit and can as well be the best stopover for tourists heading to the Northern part of Kenya to destinations like Samburu National Reserve, plus the neighboring Buffalo springs national reserve as well as Shaba national reserve which are all priceless safari destinations in Northern Kenya.

Here are the top tourist attractions at Lake Baringo;

Birdlife

As mentioned earlier on, Lake Baringo is a home to over 470 species of birds making it one of the most Important Birding Area and a birder’s paradise in Kenya. Most of these bird species are seen along the shores of Lake Baringo as well as along the Islands.  Some of the bird species to look out for on Lake Baringo include Flamingo birds, African open bill stork, Goliath heron, African Wattled lapwing, African eagle, Black-tailed godwit, Greater painted-snipe, Verreaux’s eagle, African paradise flycatcher, Steel-blue whydah, Egyptian vulture, White-billed buffalo-weaver, violet wood hoopoe, Lesser Honeyguide, Golden-backed weaver bird, Abyssinian scimitar bill, Narina trogon, Black-headed lapwing, Rufous-crowned roller bird, D’Arnaud’s barbet, Common Ostrich,  White-faced Whistling Duck, Egyptian Goose, Red-billed Duck, African Pygmy-Goose, Yellow-billed Duck, Helmeted Guinea fowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow-necked Francolin, 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, White Romped Swift, Alpine Swift, 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 Ibis, 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, 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, White-browed Robin-Chat, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Pygmy Sunbird, White-winged Widowbird, African Silver bill, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Pin-tailed Whydah, Chestnut Sparrow, African Pied Wagtail, Long-billed Pipit, Black-throated Canary, Somali Bunting and many more to mention but a few.

Attractions in Lake Baringo Kenya
birding in lake baringo

Fish species

Lake Baringo is also a famous Lake for harboring a good number of fish species thus fishing is one of the activity enjoy on Lake Baringo in Kenya. Amongst the fish species caught are the Nile Perch, Tilapia fish which has at least 2 sub species in Lake Baringo, Marbled Lungfish, African Catfish, Barbell Fish among others.

Animals

Animals are  one of the Attractions in Lake Baringo Kenya. Lake Baringo is a home to a good number of animals including the kudus both greater and lesser kudus, Hippos, Zebras, Impalas, Gazelles, Crocodiles, Klipspringer, Reedbucks, Hyrax and dik-dik to mention but a few. These animals will be seen roaming the Islands along Lake Baringo.

Islands

Lake Baringo as well has 7 beautiful islands which can only be accessed by boat or canoe and Islands are also one of the Attractions in Lake Baringo Kenya. It’s along these Islands that all fishing activities are carried out to catch different species of fish. These Islands include the Ol Kokwe Island which is the largest island of all the 7 islands located at the center of Lake Baringo where the Njemps People live. Along this Ol Kwokwe Island, there is Baringo island camp, and the Hot springs. There is yet the Devil’s Island which is fascinating and breath taking Island which the locals, the Njemps people believe that the Island is a home of devils as per its name. The local people in this area calls the Island as the forbidden rock though tourist enjoy this mythical rock during their safari in Kenya. There is yet Gibraltar Island which is the smallest of all the 7 islands along Lake Baringo. However, this is the best birding spot for bird lover with an opportunity to spot plenty of birdlife including Goliath herons which is the largest heron amongst all the recoded species the herons in East Africa. There is as well Samatian Island such a beautiful island with green lush where Samatian island camp is situated. Other Islands include; Parmolos Island, Rongena Island and finally Lokoros Island. These Islands are found of disappearing during the rainy season and re appearing after the level of water in the lake has gone down.

Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo Itself is an attraction so beautiful to watch. The lake covers an area of about 130 Square kilometers which consists of Tugen hills and rocks.

When to visit Lake Baringo,

Lake Baringo can be visited all year round though dry months are always the best when the water levels are lower for easy viewing of the beautiful islands on the Lake. The dry months are July, August, September, January, February and March when the place is dry.

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