From afar, Baringo County in Kenya would pass off as another of Kenya’s semi-arid counties without much to offer the eye but you are wrong! There is so much that is hidden here.
Baringo has in recent years become an obsession for global educationists with a penchant for science. Through the hosting of UNESCO’s first Global Geopark, the region’s culture has been catapulted.
The Global Geopark is just as important as it sounds; it comprises all areas within a particular location with unique geographical features, landscapes and other attractions such as caves, lakes, hills, escarpments, hot springs and museums. These features according to UNESCO cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
A team on the ground is expected to present a nomination bid to the UN naming and describing all geo-sites in Baringo in October 2020.
At the end of it all, the UNESCO Global Geopark crowns it with giving the mapped out are new status which could be the case for Baringo where a panel has shifted focus to.
Once given a new status, Baringo will open up less explored areas to tourists and other stakeholders. The new areas will be protected and used for learning purposes besides leisure.
In Africa, only Tanzania and Morocco has approved UNESCO Global Geoparks which drawn in a lot of visitors every year, therefore, Kenya will become Africa’s third country and the world’s 141 country with an approved UNESCO Global Geopark.
Lakes Baringo and Baringo stand out as the most popular geological feature but little is known of Simot falls, Tugen Hills, Ruko Conservancy; Pakka Hills, Stone Frog, Kipsaraman Museum, Releng Hot Springs and Cheploch Gorge which have been mapped out to bid for the status of Unseco Global Geopark.