The great altitude difference between the Kerio Valley and the top of the Rift Escarpment (1200m), and then from escarpment plateau to the highlands summits (1300m), creates a wide spectrum of bio-climatic zones. The birdlife reflects this diversity.
For sheer number of species there is no beating the shorelines and hinterland of Lakes Baringo and Bogoria. All serious birders should make sure to visit these places and this can be arranged through KV Lodge.
It is not necessary, however, to go to Baringo to see amazing birdlife. This is clearly evident from the fact that all bird pictures on this page (except flamingos) were taken in the grounds of Kerio View itself. The beautiful Ross’s Turaco actually nests in the same tree every year.
The hornbills are transitory; but all, especially the ‘Casqued’, announce their arrival loudly. The ‘Red-billed’ and ‘Hemprich’s’ are most common.
The White-naped Raven is seen less frequently than in the past —- seemingly ousted by other corvids.
In the sky above the Lodge, and all along the escarpment edge, one will never miss the sight of hawks, eagles and buzzards hovering and swooping to catch their prey in the valley below.
One can plan tours from Kerio View to the lowlands (Valley) or highlands (Cherangany Hills) according to the species one is particularly interesting in.
In the Valley, for example, Lake Kamnarok, in addition to its normal avi-fauna, has, at certain times of the year, resting migrants (such as storks) moving between Europe / Asia and South Africa.
In the Cherangany highlands Lammergeiyer vultures still nest and breed in one isolated area. The precise location can be given to accredited ornithologists only.