Lake Baringo is a fresh water lake in Rift Vally of Northern Kenya. The 129 sq km lake is well stocked with fish, and attracts many Pelicans, Cormorants and Fish Eagles. The brown slightly saline lake is a home for hippos, crocodiles, and over 400 species of birds. It is a very beautiful lake, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see.
The lake has an average depth of only 8 meters (25 ft), and its three islands (Ol Kokwa, Teddy Bear, and Gibraltar) are breeding grounds for the statuesque, and one and a half meter (5 ft) Goliath heron, the largest of the heron species. The surrounding countryside is arid, red soiled, and sparsely vegetated. The shores are a mixture of sand marsh, which provide some cover and shade for the resident hippos.
Lake Baringo is good stopover site to break a long safari across the Rift Valley. Lake Baringo National Park has now become Kenyans popular weekend destination.
Ol Kokwe Island, a stark rocky island is a traditional home to Njemps tribe, who are the only pastoral, cattle herding, tribe who also fish
Main road access to Baringo is directly from Nakuru. The nearest town to the lake is Kampi ya Samaki. Accommodation is available at several lodges.