Lake Bogoria National Reserve and Lake Baringo

irukokenyasafaris - Lake Bogoria National ReserveBaringo is the place for new experiences; a beautiful arid landscape unlike many others in Kenya – natural elevations and lakes and islands. Baringo is one of the entryways to Kenya’s north region and pleasant stopover before proceeding northwards.

– Lake Baringo – is a mixed bag of attractions. A scenic picture, the lake is edged by volcanic ranges – Tugen Hills westwards and the Laikipia escarpment eastwards, with several islands and rocky islet adorning the lake. Lake Baringo, one of the two fresh water lakes in Kenya’s Rift Valley has different kinds of fish, hippopotamus, and Nile crocodiles. More reptiles – monitor lizards, the puff adder, and spitting cobra can be seen at the Lake Baringo reptile park and the Dr Richard Leakey snake park; tortoises too. Birds frequent Lake Baringo cormorants, pelicans, the fish eagles. There are boat riders and bird guides who give visitors the unusual privilege of seeing them call a fish eagle to descend and grab fish from their possession.
– Ol Kokwe Island – Of the nine islands in Lake Baringo, Olkokwe Island is the largest – right in the middle of the lake. Ol kokwe is home to the Njemps community who share the rocky land with the exquisite Island Camp located on the southern end.
– Lake Bogoria – is an alkaline lake not far from Lake Baringo; and is now famous as one of the places to see flamingos in Kenya. The Lake is known to have hosted as many as two million lesser flamingos. Of great interest are the hot springs along the lake and the geysers yielded from volcanic activity in the lake area. The hot springs and geysers have water outflow so hot that visitors can try out some cookery such as egg boiling.
– Lake Bogoria National Reserve – Lake Bogoria occupies most of the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. The park features grassland with acacia woods to the south. There is the Kesubo swamp to the north, and the Siracho escarpment to the east of the lake. Grazing on the lake shore are zebras and gazelles. The rare greater kudu resides in the park. Baboons also forage there. As well there are warthogs, buffalos, dikdiks, impalas, and carnivores like the hyena and cheetah.
– The Ruko Conservancy is a community conservancy to the eastern of Lake Baringo the Giraffe Island hosting the rare translocated Rothschild’s giraffe is located at the Ruko Conservancy. Perfect for walking safaris and picnics, visitors also get to see the impala, ostrich, and rock hyrax in the conservancy.
– Cultural exhibitions and museums – The Baringo resident Njemps, Pokot, Tugen, Turkana and Kalenjin people each have a great deal of cultural wealth. The Kabarnet National Museum and the Kipsaraman Community Museum are some of the places to learn and enjoy the local culture and history.
– Boating – visitors can enjoy boat rides to several of the small islands found in Lake Baringo, especially to the largest – the Olkokwe Island, set right in the middle of the lake. Picture moments may include the silhouette of a local fisherman poised on a homemade raft.