Baringo is a comfortable 2-hour drive from Kerio View. It is a RAMSAR site because of its importance as a wetland. The climate is warm and it is very rare for the sun not to be shining.
Baringo is a must visit for birdwatchers. The lake and lake-shore are home to numerous fish-eaters and waders with a more mixed diet.
The Fish Eagle is the iconic species, but there are more interesting and rarer birds waiting for your binoculars and camera.
The 3 ecological zones together offer more than 460 bird species.
Among the animals to be seen are hippos, monitor lizards and crocodiles. They are best seen by taking a boat ride on Lake Baringo. The boat can also take you to several islands with various attractions.
The local fishermen, of the Njemps tribe, can fish with rod and line but more often do so with nets from their traditional ‘ambatch’ rafts. The crocs compete with them for fish , but, otherwise, are rarely a threat to the local people who wash and walk in the shallows with equanimity.
The hippos, on the other hand, can be dangerous, particularly when they have young ones. They come out of the water at night and graze along parts of the shore. Do not be tempted to approach to take photographs.
More difficult than finding the fish is getting a suitable cook to prepare it for dinner.
Flamingos & hidden geysers
Lake Bogoria is located not far from Lake Baringo. Unlike Baringo, Bogoria’s water is very alkaline, making it an ideal place for flamingos and other birds such as pelicans. Until recently, Bogoria was famous for its hot springs and geysers . Unfortunately, due to rising lake levels over the last 5 years, the geysers are now submerged and invisible.
Given the present high water level, which makes it difficult to drive along thee shore, you will have to consider seriously if payment is worth it.
Good accommodation is available in both Baringo and Bogoria. If you need that extra night to see all the attactions ask KV to do the booking for you, since we have good contacts with all the best establishments.