WELCOME TO LAKE-BARINGO.COM

We market Lake Baringo as a tourist destination in Baringo County.

ABOUT US

Lake Baringo website, is owned by Moses, born and bred by the shores.
In the early years, I primarily earned my living from hook and line fishing along the rocky shores; this was majorly during weekends and school holidays. This was mid 80s to early 90s, shortly before I joined secondary school. My entry into this level of education came with tougher challenges that required better solutions. It was all to do with money access; it is at that point that I started associating closely with visitors scouring my neighborhood for wildlife. It wasn’t long before I found interest in birds and took it up seriously. It made me establish a network of birders all over the world. In the late 90s I pursued a degree in education technology after I missed out on tourism studies.
Even though I was meant to teach after this, I still found comfort waiting longer to see what my birding, as a hobby would translate to economically.

ABOUT US

In deed, it did usher in light at the end of the tunnel, as in 2004,in my daily quest to know whom the visitors in the village were, I came across a Swede (pictured) who was keen to see a bird I would spot in the least time possible. So, we immediately became friends and he ended up revealing his future plans to lead a group of birders to Kenya. I was therefore to play host as the local guide, which did work out fours year later.
So, this became my life. Through it, I have traversed the country, combing its interiors for endemics and range- restricted species.
With experience spanning over 9 years in the field, I can plan all sorts of trips around the country and the East African countries through my partners.

LAKE BARINGO

  • The lake has three major communities, Tugen, Ilchamus and Pokot, practicing fishing, livestock keeping and crop production.

  • The lake occupies an area of 130 KM2   encompassing islands, namely Lesukut, Parmolok, Kokwa, Samatian, Lokoros, Longicharo. Some of these are permanently occupied and some remain stopovers as well as camps for fishermen. Kokwa, Samatian and Parmalok are occupied.

  • Lake Baringo is one of the Rift valley lakes, situated roughly 77 Km north of equator and 279 Km from Nairobi. It is accessible by road, which is entirely tarmacked. The area also has an airstrip that Choppers and light aircrafts utilize.

  • The Lake is semi-fresh, endowed with few species of fish whose population has been fluctuating over the years. At the moment it’s very low unlike in the early eighties when it was the major source of livelihood. Of late, other activities like tourism and irrigation farming which have made the place notable for Watermelon and tomato production have taken over.

  • The area has recently been in the media over the rising insecurity following invasions by cattle rustlers. This has caused displacement of people and destruction of properties. However, most of the affected are not close to tourist facilities and furthermore the government has stepped in to carry out an operation to get illegal guns out of the area. However scary the situation may appear on media, visitors have safely made their way in and out.

THE WEBSITE

Lake-baringo.com was an initiative of a travelling entrepreneur, Mr Mark Archers.

Mark ran Roberts camp for six years, giving it a facelift that saw enhanced marketability of the Lake as a destination and Baringo county generally.

Mark agreed my request to take over the website at a small fee, when his time in Kenya ran out.

He is currently in Ireland.

The area has various classes of hotels from cheap to expensive. This include:
– Soi Safari Lodge –
– Island Camp –
– Tumbili Cliff –
– Roberts Camp –
– Sandai Resort –
– Tamarind Garden –

Other facilities include:
– Schools –
– Organizations –
– Churches –
– CBOs –

ATTRACTIONS

The area is richly endowed with scenic features and wildlife that make the place a-must visit.
The beautiful hills surrounding the lake and the basalt cliff rising stiffly over 70m make the place magnificent and a beehive of travelers’ excursions.

Lake Baringo is known for over 450 species of birds including Palearctic migrants. This is birding hotspot that hardly misses in the every birding itinerary. It is the place where famous field guide, Terry Stevenson worked as a resident ornithologist.
The young guys have since then followed his footsteps and are also guiding throughout the country.

The lake has Nile crocodiles, Hippos and smaller reptiles like Nile monitor lizards. The place plays host to photographers given the openness of the habitat and the approachability of wildlife especially by boat along the shores.
Fish eagle-feeding is a famous activity that has made it possible for photographers and nature lovers generally get closer encounter with such a beautiful raptor.

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