From Iten we had crossed the steep Kario Valley and made our way to Lake Baringo, another lake of the Rift Valley and the most northern after Lake Turkana. It is a fresh water lake like Lake Naivasha and features hippos and crocs, beside of many birds.
Like all the Rift Valley lakes, also at Lake Baringo the water level has risen extremely since 2016, flooding the village and all the infrastructure around the lake. It was nearly 2 metres higher than it is now, but it still is many metres above the former water level, extending the lake surface by over 100%.
At Lake Baringo, the crocs are not huge, as they feed on fish only and are no threat to humans we were told. Nevertheless, we didn’t test it by jumping in in front of this fellow.
In the afternoon we did a nature walk, looking for scorpions and climbing the cliff for a better view of the lake.
With the boat trip and the hike, we got a good impression of the area of Lake Baringo. We will now make our way over gravel roads to Lake Turkana, the most northern lake of the Rift Valley – more soon!