We spent a night at Lake Baringo, one of two fresh water lakes in Kenya. If you look back at the map of our travels in Kenya you will see that it lies in the Rift Valley in northern Kenya. It is hot and dry in this area and is known to have over 500 bird species. That is why we wanted to stop here – to see the birds. We stayed in a small banda at Roberts Camp. When we stepped outside, we were surrounded by birds and their chatter. We also heard the grunts of the hippos at the lake shore not far from our door. Supposedly there were crocodiles in the lake but we didn’t see them. We were mainly interested in the birds.
We took a guide with us on an early morning walk and within 2 hours he helped us identify more than 50 birds, many for the first time. The landscape was beautiful with the escarpment on one side of the valley. Unfortunately, most of the birds were too small or too distant for our camera. But it was easy to get a close-up of the cheeky Superb Starlings who thought they wanted some of our breakfast!
As we left Lake Baringo we climbed an escarpment, down and across the Kerio Valley up the next escarpment. But the rest of the trip was covered in a previous blog post.