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LAKE BARINGO

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GUIDE ON LAKE BARINGO IN KENYA

The wetlands of Lake Baringo have not only received accolades as a RAMSAR site, but the location has also won the hearts and minds of bird lovers around the world. Whether you are a novice or expert birder, twitcher or have never found the opportunity in birdwatching, Lake Baringo is a wondrous destination for delighting in many of Kenya’s feathered and winged species. More than 470 species have been recorded, ranging from waterfowl to raptors. The fresh waters of the lake with a tinge of saline support a high population of fish that in turn, attract pelicans, storks and other aquatic avians. In the cliffs around the lake, tiny rock hyraxes hide within the crevices to escape the sharp eyesight of verreaux's eagle. Perfectly camouflaged within the thick scrub bushes around the lake are three-banded coursers, spotted thick-knees, lichtenstein’s sandgrouses and other birds. Located in northern Kenya, Baringo is one of only two freshwater lakes in the Kenyan Rift, the other being Naivasha. The lake is protected by community-based efforts and is, therefore, not recognized as a national park. The incredible diversity of birds and unique geological character of the lake has brought an increasing number of AfricanMecca guests to its shores, but Lake Baringo is still a place of tranquility for the weary African safari explorer needing to re-energize.

On the eastern side of the lake is the famous Rock of Gibraltar, and Ol Kokwe Island dominates the center of the lake. The Njemps people maintain a village on the island, and guests who stay on the island have the perfect base for activities and outings. The Baringo lake covers an estimated 130 square kilometers (50 square miles) at a width of about 11 kilometers (7 miles) and a length of 22 kilometers (13 miles). The lake landscape is the result of an extensive volcanic history, and the most prominent reminder of its past is Karosi, a 1449-meter high dormant volcano north of the lake. This aquatic outback presents a bit of a hydro-geologic mystery to researchers and scientists. The lake is primarily fed by the Ol Arabel and El Molo Rivers and has no obvious outlet. Although consistent water levels may be attributed somewhat to evaporation, it is generally believed that an underground outlet must exist. The last flooding in the region has increased the urgency to develop a deeper understanding of the lake’s water flow patterns, as the critically high water levels threaten the future of the lake habitats upon which avi-fauna, flora, mammals, reptiles and other animals rely. This would ultimately result in fewer visitors choosing Lake Baringo for their wildlife-seeking holidays (read more on reasons to go to Kenya with AfricanMecca), as well as make the lake region less desirable by local peoples living around the area.
WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE BARINGO
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE BARINGO

We recommend Island Camp for your stay in Lake Baringo. This intimate accommodation is located on a private island in the middle of the lake featuring 23 homely cottages with a plunge pool option.

SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE BARINGO
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE BARINGO

Lake Baringo is not a game drive destination, but rather a restful place to rejuvenate during your Kenya adventure safari. Although avian species are the main attraction, the lake is home to mammals.

BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE BARINGO
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE BARINGO

Lake Baringo in equatorial Kenya experiences two dry and two rainy seasons. The long dry season befalls from July to October, although some years also see rains during the months of July and August.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • Jambo Raza, The Lake Nakuru outing was great! We saw lots of pelicans, some flamingos, both black and white rhino... We've already recommended a Kenya safari to friends and relatives. Thanks again
    Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
  • Raza, it was the vacation of a lifetime, again, thanks so much. From the flamingo of Lake Nakuru and the foot hills of Masai Mara, we saw the best of what Kenya safari has to offer.
    Jamie Davis & Liudmila Kondakova - San Francisco, California, United States
  • Dear Altaf, We would like to thank your team for such a well planned and wonderful holiday. Kenya is such an amazing country, and we felt that the itinerary you helped us set up was perfect...
    Wee Siang Neo & John Lau - Singapore
  • Jambo Altaf, As usual the program went like clockwork and it was a wonderful holiday in Rift Valley & Masai Mara. Lake Nakuru is absolutely stunning and exceeded my expectations..
    Simon Woodlock, Chief Financial Officer, Synovate - Surbiton, United Kingdom
  • Thank you so, so much for all of your help in planning our amazing safari to Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi. Everything went so smoothly. Our tour guides were the best!!
    Joanne Wright - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - United States
  • Jambo Altaf and Raza! We are back on earth now after our fabulous honeymoon. This is to say THANK YOU so much for organising a week in Kenya that we will never forget.....!
    Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
  • We were extremely pleased with our itinerary. All those elephants and giraffes just posing and asking to have their pictures taken. Thank you for planning one of the best trips I have ever taken.
    Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States

EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE BARINGO IN NORTHERN KENYA

When visiting Lake Baringo, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Amboseli and Masai Mara. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Tsavo, Samburu or Lewa - Laikipia ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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