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  • Birdwatching Lake Baringo
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  • Birdwatching Lake Baringo
  • Birdwatching Lake Baringo

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Lake Baringo is named after the local word “Mparingo”, meaning lake. The lake is located in the Eastern Rift Valley in Kenya and is one of the seven inland drainage lakes within the Rift Valley drainage basin. The lake has a surface area of about 130km2 (50 square mile) and drains a total area of 6,820 km 2

Birdwatching Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo is named after the local word “Mparingo”, meaning lake. The lake is located in the Eastern Rift Valley in Kenya and is one of the seven inland drainage lakes within the Rift Valley drainage basin. The lake has a surface area of about 130km2 (50sq mile) and drains a total area of 6,820 km2. The lake is located in the county of Baringo at an altitude of 1,000 m above sea level, while its basin extends to the neighboring districts of Koibatek, Laikipia and Nakuru

Lake Baringo has seven islands, namely Lokoros, Rongena, Lengai, Samatian, Olkokwa, Parmolos and the Devil’s Island, the largest of them is called Olkokwe. In the Ilchamus language, Olkokwe means a meeting place. To the east of the Lake is the Laikipia escarpment and to the west rises the dramatic Tugen Hills

Several seasonal rivers drain into the lake, including Ol Arabel, Makutan, Tangulbei, Endao and Chemeron. Perkerra and Molo are perennial rivers which originate from Mau Escarpment and Tugen hills; although with significantly reduced water discharges during dry seasons. Lake Baringo experiences very high annual evaporation rates of 1,650-2,300 mm, compared to an annual rainfall of 450-900 mm. Thus, its survival depends on the inflows from rivers originating from the humid hill slopes of the drainage basin, where the annual rainfall varies between 1,100 mm and 2,700 mm

Word has it that the abundance of fish has supported the crocodile population in such a way that the reptiles have shown no interest in humans and other mammals. The lake also provides an invaluable habitat for seven fresh water fish species, with the Nile Tilapia being endemic to the Lake Baringo

Common Birds in Lake Baringo

More than 400 bird species have been recorded in Lake Baringo, on a good day it’s possible to see over 200 species

Birdwatching in Lake  Baringo is done early morning and late afternoon due to the high temperatures experienced in the area

  • Common Ostrich
  • Knob-billed Duck
  • Stone Partridge
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • African Mourning Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse
  • Buff-crested Bustard
  • Jacobin Cuckoo
  • Great spotted Cuckoo
  • White-crested Turaco
  • Star -spotted Nightjar
  • Slender-tailed Nightjar
  • Allen’s Gallinule
  • Senegal Thick-knee
  • Heuglin’s Courser
  • African Skimmer
  • Dwarf Bittern
  • White-backed Night Heron
  • African Darter
  • Verreaux’s Eagle
  • Dark Chanting Goshawk
  • Pearl spotted Owlet
  • African Scops Owl
  • Northern White-faced Scops Owl
  • Greyish Eagle Owl
  • Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  • Jackson’s Hornbill
  • Red and Yellow Barbet
  • Abyssinian Roller
  • African Pygmy Roller
  • Pygmy Batis
  • White-crested Helmetshrike
  • Brubru
  • Somali Fiscal
  • White-necked Raven
  • Beautiful Sunbird
  • Shining Sunbird
  • White –billed Buffalo Weaver
  • Northern Red Bishop
  • Northern Masked Weaver
  • Somali Tit
  • Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit
  • Northern Crombec
  • Somali Crombec