Tourist Attractions in Baringo County
The most prominent tourist attraction sites in Baringo County are the two famous lakes – Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo and the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. It also has Kerubo swamp teeming with bird life on the entrance to the park and several conservancies.
Water sports such as boat and canoe tours have been introduced in Lake Baringo and natural hot spring baths at Lake Bogoria.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve
Lake Bogoria National Reserve covers Lake Bogoria and the land immediately surrounding the lake comprising 107 km². It is administered by the Kenya Wildlife Service. The park was opened in November 1970.
It has abundant birdlife with 135 species of bird having been recorded. They include little grebe, pratincole, swift, little bee-eater, cape wigeon, yellow-billed stork, African spoonbill, augur buzzard, gabar goshawk, water dikkop, great tit, starling, hornbill and crombec.
The reserve is a conservation area for the shy Greater Kudu. Other large mammals include buffalo, zebra, cheetah, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena, impala and dik dik.
Facilities for tourists include the park lodge, three public campsites and one privately operated campsite. Visitors may also bathe in the hot springs, which form a natural spa.
Lake Bogoria, a Ramsar site, is one of the rift valley lakes in Kenya lying a little north of the equator. It is located about 90Kms north of Nakuru in Bogoria National Reserve. It is shallow (about 10 m depth), and is about 34km long by 3.5km wide, with a drainage basin of 700 km².
Local features include the Kesubo Swamp to the north and the Siracho Escarpment to the east, both within the National Reserve.
Being saline and alkaline it hosts one of the world’s largest populations of Lesser Flamingos numbering 4 million at times. The flamingoes migrated to Lake Bogoria in the 1990s during an El Nino event which lead to the virtual drying up of their former habitat at Lake Nakuru. The flamingoes feed on the tiny shrimp, of which the lake’s conditions create a perfect habitat for them to thrive.
The lake is famous for geysers and hot springs which are located along the western shore and erupt at intervals of approximately three minutes sending boiling water and steam up to 5m high. The ground around the lake is whitish-gray from the residue left after the water evaporates. The local people believe that the water has healing powers and that inhaling the vapors cleanses the internal organs and leaves the outer skin smoother/healthier
Hotel accommodation is available near Loboi village at the north end of the lake and camping is permitted at the southern end of the lake
At Lake Bogoria camp, they have created a hot spring bath that guests can soak in and enjoy the healing powers of the natural mineral waters.