Saturday, August 25, 2012

ACCT International: Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo

For our second day in Nakuru, we headed north of town to another lake, Lake Baringo. We were supposed to make a full day of it and stop at Lake Bogoria on the way home (which apparently is home to lots of flamingoes and is volcanic in some way). However, we could tell the students were pretty exhausted. Instead we promised them a half day, with an early return to Nakuru, maybe for rest, relaxation, and a little shopping. Would you be surprised to learn things did not go quite according to plan?

Though no one had indicated how long the trip to the lake would be, I had Googled mapped it. Google said just less than two hours. I assumed 2.5 hours on the safe side. It took us more than three hours to reach the lake. I knew there was no way we were going to make it back to Nakuru early in the day if we planned to tour the lake for two hours, eat lunch, and then make a three-hour drive back.

To me, the most interesting feature of the lake was the effects of the recent flooding. Since 2006, the waters of the lake have been rising, submerging homes and other structures that were once on the banks.

Lake Baringo

This hasn't stopped some families from continuing to live in their homes, as you can see in the inhabited second story here:

Lake Baringo

People aren't the only ones making use of these submerged structures.

Lake Baringo

This lake was also home to innumerable birds.

Lake Baringo

My favorite was the fish eagle.

Lake Baringo

Our guides brought us close to the shore where the eagles had made their nests. Then they made high-pitched whistling noises and threw fish into the water to attract the eagles.

Eagles weren't the only animals we attracted with fish that day.

Lake Baringo

Sure, this was a rather small crocodile, but I still found our guide's habit of slapping the water near the croc to get its attention an little unnerving.

Lake Baringo

Seems like a great way to lose a hand to me.

Tune in next time when we finally make it back to Nairobi, well a fancy suburb just outside of Nairobi.

— Sara

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