November 19, 2018

Samatian Island Lodge

The small and exclusive Samatian is set on a private Island on Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. With its breath-taking views across the waters of the lake to the imposing backdrop of the Laikipia Escarpment, the island offers the perfect getaway. The beauty of Baringo is legendary, with its spectacular sunsets, dazzling array of bird life, and the Njemps fishermen continuing a traditional lifestyle. Lake Baringo is also a Ramsar site, having been recognised internationally as a vitally important wetland. Samatian Island offers guests the ultimate in relaxation in magical surroundings.

Accommodation comprises 5 airy, open-plan, en suite thatched rooms. 2 rooms are family units with a partitioned bedroom, verandah, sitting room and bathroom. Samatian is run as a small family homestay, ideally for 12  or less self catered guests, catering can be arranged  by special arrangement for a party of 6 guests or more. 

Accommodation comprises of five open-plan thatched rooms. Two of the rooms are family units with a partitioned bedroom, verandah, sitting room and bathroom. The other three rooms are en suite with sitting areas. All bedding, mosquito nets, towels, loo paper, soap, firewood and charcoal are provided at the Island. Due to the dramatic rise in water levels in 2012, there is currently no chlorinated swimming pool, it now operates as a plunge pool with us changing the fresh lake water regularly.
Swimming Pool
Samatian's large plunge pool is in front of the mess and has panoramic views of the lake and the hills beyond.
This water is lake straight from the lake and is changed on a regular basis. Cool off in here if you don’t like the idea of swimming in the lake.
Scenic boat trips in traditional Sesse canoes to view the prolific birdlife of Baringo (over 450 species) as well as crocodile & hippo. You can also throw fish for fish eagles, offering spectacular photographic opportunities. Boat fees will apply.
Canoe around the island. We have several kayaks available for you to use. Please take a life jacket, water, hat & sun cream. If the wind gets up this can be harder to paddle back. Occasionally a hippo resides at the southern end of the island so look out & stay clear of him. Please look after our kayaks and equipment so it is there in good order for the next guests and for you to use next time you visit.
Fishing: Take a rod and try your luck at fishing for catfish, barbel & tilapia. Dough, bacon & worms are the best bait & a basic hand line or stick rod with hook & line will do you fine. Kindly use only barbless hooks as most fish you catch will be too small to keep. This gives the fish a chance to be released without major injury and gives it a greater chance to survive to adulthood.

Nature & bird walks over the top of Samatian to see the birds & extraordinary plant-life. You will be surrounded by stunning views so take a camera and binoculars. Be sure to wear good shoes and take a hiking stick as rock surfaces can be loose and rough. Take a torch if going in the evening in case you get delayed for any reason.

A beautiful walk around Giraffe Island. This is home to six endangered Rothchild’s (formally known as Baringo giraffe), ostrich, warthogs, impalas & hyrax. The rangers will be happy to guide you and you can get up close to these extraordinary creatures that were brought here by boat. This costs 500 ksh per person in conservation fees plus the boat transfer of 2000 ksh (carries up to 7 passengers).

Sundowners to a beach. Some of your group might like to canoe there. Boat fees will apply.
We wish you a pleasant stay, please don't hesitate to contact Ross and Caro on the below numbers should you need any further clarifications.