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.

Four and a half hour's drive from Nairobi, in the heart of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, lies Lake Baringo on the threshold of Kenya’s Northern Deserts. The orange-brown waters of the lake and dramatic rocky surroundings provide one of Kenya’s most stunning areas. 

Baringo is home to an unparalleled variety of birds and some unusual wild creatures. While you may not encounter all of Baringo’s 450 bird species, you’re likely to spot hamerkops, storks, hornbills and fish eagles around the lake, while in the camp, you can spend many enjoyable hours identifying the colourful array of weavers, starlings, and sunbirds.

At night you can experience 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.

Daily walks are conducted by well-informed, resident guides. There are a number of options: inland, beneath the rocky basalt cliffs, to see bristle-crowned starlings, brown-tailed rock chats, Hemprich’s and Jackson’s hornbills; bay walks offer the chance to see Lichtenstein’s sandgrouse, nightjars, Heuglin’s courser, spotted thicknee and various owls. The guides on these walks will often also be able to show you scorpions and carpet vipers.

Boat trips around the lake can also be taken when it is possible to meet the local fishermen and buy some of their catch for your guide to feed the resident fish eagles. The boat trips also get you close to hippos and a range of birdlife.

Although there are good hotels at Baringo, we prefer to use the more intimate facilities of Roberts' Camp which is a beautiful lakeside resort, offering accommodation to suit all pockets in bandas, family cottages or camping. The next door hotel allows daytime membership so visitors, staying at the Camp, can make use of its enticing swimming pool. A good watering hole is essential in this part of the world! The Thirsty Goat Pub and Restaurant prides itself on a good range of ice cold beers, wines, spirits and exotic cocktails, as well as a good menu.

The cottages come with fully equipped kitchens, for those wishing to self-cater, or you can book in on a full board basis. Alternatively, a cook can be provided so you can enjoy the flexibility of self-catering without the hassle of having to cook and wash up.

Heron House is a large cottage, right on the water’s edge, with a view to die for, sleeping a total of 9 people in 1 double room, 2 twin rooms and 1 triple room. The cottage comes with two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, with fridge freezer, and a large veranda. 

Hamerkop's Roost is a secluded lakeside house of great charm with a beautiful view of the lake. There is a large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, sitting room, fully equipped kitchen, veranda and sun deck with a view of the lake. A large, upstairs, double bedroom overlooks the lake, with a sitting room, bath, loo and basin.