Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo

LOCATED
–     In the Rift Valley approx. 290km from Nairobi

ALTITUDE
–     970m

AREA
–     129km²

ENTRANCE PAYMENT METHOD
–     Minimum Barrier fee

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     Lake Baringo Island Camp,

ACCESS
–     By Road approx. 5 hours’ drive from Nairobi

ATTRACTIONS
–     Lake Baringo, Njemps Village

Lake Baringo is at the threshold of Northern Kenya, and its freshwaters are an oasis in the arid plains. This is the traditional home of the Njemps tribe, a unique people who are the only pastoral, and cattle herding tribe who also fish. The lake is well stocked with fish, and attracts many pelicans, cormorants and fish eagles. The lake itself is truly beautiful, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see. In the middle of the lake is Ol Kokwe Island, a stark rocky island with a well-appointed camp. This is an excellent base for exploring the lake, with boat trips ideal for bird and hippo spotting. The lake is fed by several rivers, Molo, Perkerra and Ol Arabel, and has no obvious outlet; the waters are assumed to seep through lake sediments into the faulted volcanic bedrock. It is one of the two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley in Kenya, the other being Lake Naivasha. It lies off the beaten track in a hot and dusty setting and over 470 species of birds have been recorded there, occasionally including migrating flamingos. A Goliath heronryis located on a rocky islet in the lake known as Gibraltar. The lake also provides an invaluable habitat for seven fresh water fish species. One, Oreochromis niloticus baringoensis (a Nile tilapia subspecies), is endemic to the lake. Lake fishing is important to local social and economic development. Additionally the area is a habitat for many species of animals including the hippopotamus, Nile crocodile and many other mammals, amphibians, reptiles and the invertebrate communities.

 

 

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