is the most northerly of the four main Rift Valley lakes in Southwest Kenya
It is a beautiful stretch of unusually fresh water, encircled by mountains, dotted with islands and inhabited by hippos and crocodiles. The lake is also filled with tilapia fish. The lake shore is dotted with small fishing villages, fronted by handfuls of tiny traditional papyrus boats
The real joy of the Lake Baringo area is how little of the tourist traffic from Naivasha
makes it up this far. It really is a world apart.
Exploring the lake by motorboat and kayak can be great fun, notably in the northeast corner where there are some interesting channels and lagoons which are a little bit reminiscent of the Okavango Delta.
Another highlight is paying a visit to one of the authentic Pokot villages, authentic tribes-people who continue to have a deserved reputation as fearsome warriors, but warm hosts.
The birding around the shores of Lake Baringo can be exceptional, both for resident and migrant species.
Furthermore the hot springs and flamingos of Lake Bogoria
are only a short drive away.
We have long since been fans of Lake Baringo and have gone to great lengths to find ways to include it in trips. But it remains a difficult place to convince people to visit, especially since some of the lodges have suffered badly from flooding in recent years.Roberts Camp
... is a relatively simple lodge on the western shore of the lake, with some nice accommodation in separate houses, popular with locals.
Most visitors to Baringo tend to stay for 2 to 3 nights, usually in combination with popular Kenyan safari areas such as Maasai Mara
, as well as time down on the Kenya Coast