Baringo’s fascinating backdrop



At the heart of Baringo County lies spectacular scenery of splendor, the Tugen hills, with its towering presence one feels safe.Saimo and Morop the two famous hummocks that make the Tugen hills, extends to the outskirts of Baringo, Saimo the tallest of them all, recently considered a mountain by the Baringo County Government.
It is home to over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, including the famous red winged starling birds among other wild animals.Morop, well known for its massive waterfall, “the Kikojo falls “which slithers its way to Lake Baringo, it is the second highest point of Tugen Hills after Saimo. It is estimated to be over 2,270m high. The hills vastly surrounded by enormous tamarind trees and in between flows a water spring as fleet of hornbills fly across the landscapes.
       The Saimo Hill

The hills boast of rich agricultural farms with their fertile lands extending to the central and North of the county, the inhabitants are nomadic pastoralist’s also the lands favor horticultural produce and cereals, others practice bee keeping farming.Down at the slope of the foot hill sits Koroto village, the area surrounded with thick vegetation which weave their way from the hills and in between the gorges slithers a narrow walking path of murram road used by the villagers. Koroto appears hidden, lost from the rest of the world.
Silent tradeYet still, holds one of the world’s greatest trading spots, Joseph Thomson once explored this magical region, traveling the same paths that Arab and Swahili traders had voyaged as they were selling their merchandises, they kept the routes secret as they traded in slaves, ivory and animal skins.Barter trade simmered in low tones as they exchanged cowrie shells, gold and brass with the locals all this interactions happened in Koroto and some of these ornaments are believed to be buried at the base of that hill.

To date inaugural Koroto Cultural Festival is being hosted by the residents; the event entails showcasing Tugen culture, their dressing, dances and their exquisite food to visitors.The Tugen hill is covered by different sort of trees which has been of great importance to the communities living around it for its socio- economic and cultural benefits ranging from the indigenous plants for their medicinal value and refreshment, for instance the Tamarind tree, well known by the inhabitants for its production of freshly homemade squeezed juice and once also served as a trading item by the locals to the Arabs.

The hills also act as water catchment due to its main forests Katemok, Tarambas, Kipng’ochoch and Kinyo for it is the reason for the existence of flowing streams for supply of water all over the county.
The streams flows to different rivers including Kinyo, Endao, Kerio, Kapkiamo, Bemoi, Emkong, Sogom, Kimogombel, Ruwamoi, Toiwon, Smood falls, Kapkong and Enso Rivers which supply water to the inhabitants.

The hills have interesting features like caves, water springs, rock formations and fossils which have a fascination by many scientists and a lot of wildlife animals like rare Kudus, antelopes, jackals, mongoose and monkeys among other animals.



                                   the rare kudu, found at the tugen hills 



 overview of morop hill





morop's kigocho waterfall

                                        

The hill, as legend would have it once served as a strong battle field between two warring tribes with its unpredictable rugged terrains and landscape acted out as an advantage for the Tugen inhabitants, the remnants scattered across the hills, could tell tales of one of the greatest war in history.Contrary to the media reports, which lately seem to put the county in a bad light, marred with stories of ASAL Baringo is one of the finest county.

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