Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo National Park

Lake Baringo is world renown for its birdlife as well as other wildlife including crocodiles, hippos, hyrax and now giraffes on the Ruko Island Conservancy. With the increase in the lake levels over the past few years, the lake has attracted large flocks of yellow billed storks, pink backed pelicans.

Water sports and fishing are also popular attractions for this Island and luxury accommodation with stunning views is available around the Island. Lake Bogoria with its millions of greater and lesser flamingos (that use to inhabit Nakuru but which have now moved to this northern lake) as well as the greater kudu and hot springs is an easy drive from Lake Baringo.

At the Lake Baringo’s heart is OlKokwe Island, a stark rocky island that is home to Njemps villages and a well-appointed camp. This is an excellent base for exploring the lake, with boat trips ideal for bird and hippo spotting. Baringo is an ideal stopover on a safari to Northern Kenya. The lake is fed by two rivers, El Molo and OlArabel and has no obvious outlet, despite this it’s is one of only two freshwater lakes (it is in fact slightly saline, but not enough to bother the crocs, hippos or people who swim in it) in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.

Baringo has a sheer variety of bird life to be found in and around its shores. More than 470 species have been recorded there in total, and more than 300 have been recorded in a single day. A recent bird census, carried out in two three hour spells on consecutive days recorded just over 280 species in the 6 hours, and that was outside the main periods for northern or southern migrants.