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LAKE BARINGO NATIONAL RESERVE

Lake Baringo National Reserve


Luxury accommodation with stunning views is available around the Island Wild and beautiful Lake Baringo is the most remote of the Rift Valley lakes. A Wetland Oasis Steeped in stories, its harsh climate and rocky islets give it a faraway feel; on a hot day, this freshwater lake has more in common with northern Kenya than the rest of the Rift Valley. Lake Baringo has high silt content and can appear red, yellow, coral or purple, depending on the time of day and the sun’s location. These colorful waters are teeming with fish, especially Tilapia and African Lungfish, and you can enjoy some exceptionally good fishing. The northern side of the island has hot water geysers jutting out stream.  This golden location is a birdwatching hot spot, home to over a third of all Kenya’s native bird species – one local ornithologist saw 342 bird species in an hour!  The best way to explore is by motorboat, captained by an ornithologist. 

 Even if you’re not mad about birdwatching, the passion of the ornithological guides is infectious. There are 458 bird species in Lake Baringo National Park. On your motorboat tour of the lake, your ornithologist captain will point out many water birds, including the world’s largest flying bird, the Goliath heron. The African Openbill stork is amazing to see, a wading bird with a large, unique bill that only meets at the tip. A highlight is when your guide throws fish into the lake to entice magnificent African Fish Eagles which swoop down at incredible speed to grab the fish, just ahead of the crocodiles. You’ll come across lots of Owls, like the northern White-Faced Owl and the African Scops Owl. Occasionally you may also see Flamingos, migrating from Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria.  Other wildlife including crocodiles, hippos, hyrax Warthogs Impala Ostrich and now giraffes on the Ruko Island Conservancy. Other activities you’re certain to enjoy are water skiing or windsurfing on the lake, Camel trekking, and a cultural tour of the Njemps tribe.

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