Tuesday, April 6, 2010

About Lake Baringo National Reserve

Courtesy: Safari ya Baringo & http://www.africapoint.com/lake-baringo-national-park.php

En route to Tugen hills, a visitor can take a day or two enjoying nature at Lake Baringo national reserve. It is the home to world’s biggest bird species population. It is believed that these birds always migrate between the lowland and Tugen hills as they feed and breed, making Tugen hills a possible bird hotspot as well.
Necessary information on Lake Baringo are listed below.
1. General Information

This is a fresh water lake found in Rift Valley, 200km north of Naivasha. The lake is home to a huge mix of marine life and bird species. Scholars of the earth's underground activities can base their research on this lake, as its shorelines are dotted with steam jets, boiling geysers and fumaroles.

Fishing is a widely practiced activity carried out by the Njemps community as a source of livelihood. The lake has an average depth of only 8m(25ft) and has three islands i.e. Ol Kokwa, Teddy Bear and Gibraltar, which can be accessed by the boat trips, provided by the lake's administrative authority.

2. Getting There
A popular tourist destination frequented both by local and international visitors; the lake can be reached by road directly from Nakuru, 157km northwest of Nairobi

3. Major Attractions The lake is thought of as a good stopover site whilst on a long safari across the Great Rift Valley. It offers an extraordinary variety if bird life and is renowned for this reason, infact it is known as the bird watching center of Kenya. Different species have been spotted on Lake Baringo. Flamingoes with a lighter shade of pink inhabit the lake along with the rare Greater Kudu.

The lake is also home to crocodiles and hippos. For viewing purposes, there exist boat trips that are efficient for going to the islands. KAMPI YA SAMAKI is the center of exploration, which gives one good sitings.

The Njemps community is also a fascination and offer entertainment in the form of song and dance enabled by the excursions provided, to their villages. The surrounding environment of the lake is arid, red- soiled with sparse vegetation offering a good atmosphere for setting up picnics or just meditation

The best accommodation facility available in this national park is the Lake Baringo Club.