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By travelling further North for 3 hours from Nakuru you reach the second fresh water Lake in the Rift Valley, LAKE BARINGO. It is almost double the size of Lake Naivasha and can be very wavy. It is embedded between the Tugen Hills and Laikipia Escarpment.

As Lake Naivasha it has no visible outlet and still remains fresh. The fish in Baringo leave a telltale sign that the lake must have been connected at some time with the Nile system, probably in a line through Lake Turkana cut by the eruption of Kakorinyo and subsequent faulting and tilting as the land continued to subside and settle.

The water is brown, evidently full of silt. Even some organizations from abroad try to help the local tribes to reduce soil erosion, heavy rain still pours down on huge areas by overgrazing left naked. The Njemps are related to the Maasai and Samburus and their wealth are goats, sheep and cows with which they used to wander huge distances in search of fresh pasture. Since they have mostly settled at one place, grass is not given enough time to recover. They also fish Tilapia, cat fish and others from small boats. That the lake is getting shallower is also endangering the number of fish. An other tribe living around the lake are the Pokots. This tribe keeps cattle, but also hunts game for meat.

But still the lake is a paradise for bird watchers. 460 bird species were recorded by a resident ornithologist. Among them is the beautiful Verreaux's Eagle (Aquila verreauxii), the white morph of the African paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) and a large colony of Goliath heron (Ardea goliath).

 

 

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Activities: Boat ride, bird walks and walks or hikes for several hours in the area. You can also visit Kerio Valley with its lovely landscape. This can be booked at the lodges or we can organise with a guide there known to us.

 

 

Accommodation: The water level is currently that high that only few lodges are accessible.

 

 

Tumbili Cliff Camp is a new camp and as the name says, on a cliff overlooking Lake Baringo.

Guided walks and boat rides.

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Robert’s Camp provides a very well equipped campsite, nice self catering bandas, cottages and a good restaurant at the lake shore.

Currently only part of it is accessible.

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Island Camp is constructed on the small island. From the tents you have a great view on the surrounding hills. When you wake up in the morning you hear the voices of different birds. From the open dining room you see the lake. More exclusive.

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The SODA LAKE BOGORIA is situated in the Rift valley between the Laikipia plateau and the Tugen hills about 125 km north of Nakuru. The altitude ranges around 1000 m. The climate is warm mostly even hot.

Its main attraction are the hot springs and geysers, flamingos and Greater kudus. It was declared as national reserve in 1973 to protect the Greater kudu and of course the beautiful lake area. Leopard tortoises are usually to be found.

The hot springs give evidence of still existing volcanic activity. Beware of the boiling water!

From the main gate a road leads along the lake to the campsites at the rear end of the lake.

Depending on the weather situation you might experience unforgettable sunsets with amazing colours. Animals to be found are Dik-Dik, Greater kudus, zebras, warthogs, Grant gazelles, hares, baboons and Green monkeys.

Flamingos, Fish eagle, kingfisher, weaver birds, ostriches, falcon and many more build the colorful world of the birds.

 

 

 

 

This picture shows the actual situation. These hot springs are situated further behind at the lake. The road is transferred higher up. Below are picutures how it was and maybe one day will be again. Who knows?

 

 

 

 

Hot Springs Bogoria

 

 

 

 

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Normally these hot springs are outside the lake. But in 2010 the water level of most Rift Valley lakes got extremely high. The yellow colour is caused
by sulphur. In 2017 the water level had by now further risen and these springs are totally submerged. Hot springs a bit further are now visited.

 

 

 

 

Bogoria new hot springs

 

 

 

 

The Greater and Lesser Flamingos are nowadays often met at Lake Bogoria. A count in July 2017 revealed there are around 600.000 flamingos.

 

 

 

 

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Accommodation:

Lake Bogoria and Spa Resort is the only hotel nearby. Water, heated by volcanic activity is caught in a swimming pool. A large normal swimming pool also invites you for a swim. The garden attracts a big variety of birds and troops of Green monkeys. The bungalows are big and nicely furnished. 

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The Campsite in the reserve lies on the opposite side than the gate. An African toilet (walls and a hole in the floor) are built. We pitch our own shower and sometimes as well the toilet. Only a few meters walk to the lake where you are awaited by birds, Greater kudus and baboons.

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LAKE ELEMENTAITA is a great place to relax, for birding and to enjoy nature leisurely. The small soda lake Elementaita  is on the way between Naivasha to Nakuru. Local people dig for soda and sell it along the road. And we, we go searching for animals and birds in the sanctuary. The lake and its shore have been nominated a Ramsar Site (Wetland of International importance).

In July 2010 it was declared as a protected area. Kenya Wildlife Service and concerned stake holders wish to have it registered as a Unesco World heritage site. This would require more legal protection. Water pumping for irrigation, sand and soda harvest and most importantly tree (mostly yellow barked acacias) cutting have to be controlled.

You can come across Rothschild giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, zebras, warthogs and many smaller ones like porcupine and mongoose as well as over 350 species of birds. The peninsula is the only known breeding place of the Great white pelican in Kenya. Flamingos colour the lake pinkish and it is an important stop-over for migratory birds.

 

 

 

Accommodation:

One of the best lodges directly at the sea shore is Sentrim Lake Elementaita Lodge. Some of the bungalows close to the lake, some in the beautiful garden. It is an amazing birding place.

 

 

Sentrim elementaita lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A newer ecocamp and a separate lodge have been built a bit away from the shore of Lake Elementaita, The Sleeping warrior and Sleeping Warrior Lodge. From here you can visiti Lake Nakuru National park and Lake Naivasha by 1.5 hours drive. It is a great location to undertake bird watching and visit the nearby Soysambu sanctuary.

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There are 2 lodges beside several campsites.

Sunbird Lodge is a only a few years old. The eco-lodge has a phantastic
view onto the lake.

Lake Elementaita Lodge, was formerly Kekopey Ranch, built by the English settler Lord Cole in 1916. It still retains the features and atmosphere of an early colonial home and has been enlarged by a swimming pool and cottages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can explore the extensive sanctuary belonging to the lodge on foot or on horse back. Skilled guides can escort you.

The “Sleeping warrior” is a prominent formation near the lake.

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