BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE BARINGO FOR A NORTHERN KENYA SAFARI
In November and December, short rains arrive, and typically these rains have little to minimal impact on the roads and trails. The moisture dries quickly, so your activities should not be impacted. Christmas and New Year’s brings another influx in festive visitors. The short, humidly hot-dry season of January and February is followed by the long rainy season starting around late March to June. This is when the wetlands of Lake Baringo become filled with activity and life (read more on safari experiences). Although mammals are not as abundant as other lake locations in Kenya, you may see some newly born terrestrial animals. The Easter holiday period at Lake Baringo can be busy as more Kenyan families, groups, couples, and solo AfricanMecca travelers arrive at the lake.
Should you be planning a birdwatching tour of Kenya, we recommend that you arrange your travels from October to April when you have the opportunity to observe both migratory and resident avian species. Please note that the terrain and ecological balance of Lake Baringo have changed significantly in recent years. From March 2012 to March 2013, heavy rains caused the lake to rise an estimated four to five meters. The combination of deforestation and heavy rains caused mud and silt to travel into the lake. Because Lake Baringo has no surface outlet, the rising water forced approximately 20,000 people from local villages out of their homes.
Researchers and scientists believe that the lake may have an underground outlet in the form of a fissure or other opening, but the increased sediment could easily block this outlet, thereby placing the future ecological status of the lake in jeopardy. The local economy has also been impacted by the floods, as tourism has dropped in this location due to Baringo accommodations closing for repairs, as well as changes to the pristine beauty for which lake is known. Renovations are underway, but we recommend that you work closely with your AfricanMecca tour consultant to ensure that your accommodation is operational prior to your arrival.
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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.
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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.
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GUIDE ON LAKE BARINGO
Lake Baringo has not only received accolades as a RAMSAR site, but the location has also won the hearts, soul and minds of birders around the world. More than 470 species have been recorded here.
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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 BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE BARINGO IN NORTHERN KENYA
When visiting Lake Baringo, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West 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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