ACTIVITIES IN LAKE BARINGO
While in Lake Baringo, apart from relaxing and enjoying the magnificent scenery, there is array of activities that will occupy your time constructively. Remember that myis adjacent to Lake Bogoria that is currently most popular with Lesser and Greater flamingos after Lake Nakuru which is similarly saline flooded and leading to enormous exit of flamingos.
Over the years boat ride has remained a great way of exploring the shores and the number of islands in this lake.To get closer to photographic view of the beautiful birds of this area (IBA), the Nile crocodiles ,Hippos, monitor lizards and the fishing Maasai people(NJEMPS) , boat ride will do you good.
Rides are preferably conducted in the morning just before sunrise to award you a great morning glory and calmness of water ensuring a smooth ride that will offer nice photos: note that photos are great in the soft morning light. An evening session of a boat trip is also fine for as long as you watch out for wind that may turn the lake so turbulent and scary.
There are various boat trips differing in length stretching from an hour to the whole day. The shortest trip being along the shore line and will enhance sights of hippos, crocodiles and various birds. The longer trips are extension of the shoreline trip and will take you to the islands or further offshore where hikes, fishing, diving, swimming and barbecue can be done. On this trips an enchanting Fish-eagle feeding will be done, this entails buying fish from fishermen on tradition rafts, which are then thrown to eagles that glide to pick them offering a great opportunity of a raptor in flight.
One of the isalnds whose population is soaring towards 500 people has a hot sulphur spring that bubbles at high temperature and ejecting steam that tourists love to bath on in the believe that the sulphur is a skin cure. A stop at this spot willbring you close to the island inhabitants who come to meet visitors for talks and sale of traditional souvenir.
Depending on your time you may opt to take a speedboat (4 pax) that will within two hours take you round most of the islands.
The Pokot and Njemps tribes have a conservancy by the name RUKO that was established to foster peace amongst them and to curtail human-wildlife conflict. It is through this avenue that Baringo giraffe otherwise known as Rotschild giraffe was introduce to one of the Islands named Longicharo at the eastern shores. The giraffes are doing well and can be watched from boats and on a walk in the island once the charges have been paid. You can read more here: http://rukokenya.org/
Incase you delay while on this trip and you feel like you should stop for a drink or lunch or even for an overnight, Island Camp Resort comes handy: http://islandcamp.com/
This area has various geographical formations that will need in-depth explanation from the very good guides found in this region.
Your walk in lake Baringo will take you through local villages, hills and eventually the basalt cliff that stands nearly 100 metres, the guides will give you lectures on all phenomenon as you go. You can also decide to hike up the cliff through footpath depending on your fitness and once on top you will enjoy a panoramic view of the entire lake. For birders more time will be spent given the abundance of different bird species. A good morning can yield up to 100 different species.
Three major tribes namely Tugen, Njemps and Pokot share Lake Baringo, they live in different sections along the shoreline where visits can be made. Stories of how they live and survive the harsh conditions will be narrated and traditional dances will also be conducted. A visit to all these villages or any of your choice will be organized.