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LAKE BARINGO

KENYA
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Area (ha):28,400
Altitude (m):975-1070
# Species:487
# Excl Vagrants:487
# Endemics:0
# Near Endemics:1
Species/100 ha:1.7
Habitat: Freshwater lake, bushland, rocky cliffs

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Lake Baringo is the northern-most lake in the Rift Valley. It has a surface area of 130 sq km (50 sq mi). It's slightly alkaline as the lake has no obvious outflow, but in terms of birds it's basically a freshwater lake like Lake Naivasha. The area is the southern-most range of Jackson's Hornbill, which is very common at Baringo. The lake is surrounded by scrub vegetation that is home to Three-banded Courser and Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse. Some 480 bird species have been recorded in the park, and it's possible to see over 200 species in a day. The lake is also home to a large population of crocodiles and hippos.

LOCATION OF SITE

Lake Baringo National Park is located 290 km north of Nairobi and 160 km north of Naivasha along the B4 highway.