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The lake rose significantly during 2012 and most of Roberts' Camp grounds and cottages are now flooded and under water, as is the next door hotel and swimming pool. At the moment the long term impact of this is difficult to predict since the lake could continue to rise. Even if it stops rising it is likely to take many years, if ever, for the lake level to return to normal.

        
From Nairobi the group will travel up through the forested highlands towards the slopes of the Aberdare Mountains then down a spectacular route to the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and past the lakes of Naivasha, Elementaita, Nakuru and Bogoria before arriving at Lake Baringo, on the edge of Kenya’s dry, semi-desert country, where they will stay on the lakeshore at Robert’s Camp. The road, north of Nakuru, crosses the equator where the group will stop and be given a demonstration of how the Coriolis Effect makes water drain clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the south. Whilst the demonstration is a trick it is based on a sound law of physics and makes for an interesting break in the journey.

Lake Baringo is popular with tourists and weekenders from Nairobi alike and is well appointed with a range of accommodation options available. The group will be camping near the shoreline with outstanding views across the lake.  The campsite is serviced with ablution blocks including toilets and showers. Once camp has been set up, the group will be able to relax by the lake or go on a short nature walk in the late afternoon. The days at Baringo will allow the group to relax after their long journey and it also provides an easy introduction to camping in the wilds of Kenya.

After the first night under the African stars half of the group will be taken on an early morning boat trip with experienced local guides who will point out some of the lake’s diverse birdlife, crocodiles and hippos. The group will also meet up with local fishermen and buy some of their catch which the guides will then use to lure in the resident Fish Eagles.

Following a late breakfast the whole group will be able to relax in camp.

In the afternoon the other half of the group will be taken inland from the lake through a dry, rock larva strewn landscape where the guides will use their knowledge to find scorpions and carpet vipers as well as pointing out some of the region’s prolific birdlife.

While the group will not see all of Baringo’s 450 bird species, they are likely to spot Verreaux’s eagle owls, hammerkops, storks, hornbills and fish eagles around the lake. At night there is often the thrill of seeing or hearing hippos, sometimes with young, grazing on the lawns and returning to the water by day. Meanwhile on the lakeshore, the logs floating by are often slumbering crocodiles! Around the camp live a variety of smaller creatures including genet cats, monitor lizards and tortoises including the camp’s own resident tortoises.

The next day the same activities will be available so each half of the group has the opportunity to go on a boat trip and a nature walk.

Quite apart from the boating and walking activities, Baringo is a great place to relax at the start of a safari in Kenya and always proves to be a very popular introduction to the country.