The long drive of almost 300 km from Nairobi to Lake Baringo is well worth the effort. The simple but very comfortable Lodge with various choices of housing is well maintained and the care takers are extremely friendly and helpful. Self contained means, bring all your food and drinks with you, for the rest the staff is in charge. A qualified Chef assist or does all your cooking. There are various options for excursions with their boats to neighboring islands.
It is very rare to find quiet beautiful island, views to die for, and wonderful staff to unobtrusively care for you. The main open plan lake side room is wonderfully comfortable, big flopping chairs and sun beds. After severe lake flooding, the pool is not really useable. Take all your own food and the wonderful cook will prepare everything. The island has canoes and boat big enough for 6; we had a wonderful 2 hour adventure around many of the local islands, driven by one of the staff who was extremely knowledgable about the area and the bird life. There are several cool and airy cottages, all side to sizes to cater for couples or families, all lakeside , with stunning views over the water, but be aware, they are up a fairly steep climb. Mature trees cover the small centre of the island, with a resident rescued owl. The whole area is a birders paradise. Only just over 2 hours from Nakuru, It is a world away in every way. Baringo is extremely hot, so light clothes, sun cream & anti insect spray essential. A return visit to be booked very soon!…
This is a very delayed review as we stayed more than a year ago but one which can't be missed- Samatian Island cannot be put into words, it is so special , homely, beautiful, unique and such fun! One arrives by a little boat and then you have your own island- the rooms are perfect, the food was made beautifully, the staff are amazing and the fishing is brilliant. The perfect spot to escape from the real word. We will be back again soon. Thank you so much.
We stayed two nights at Samatian island lodge.Very good place for enjoying weekends.The rooms are very spacious and comfortable.Bathrooms are clean.All staffs are very friendly and helpful.Super lake view from all rooms.I enjoyed a lot.
A very quiet Lodge on it's own island - surrounded by Lake Baringo - was great as our group of around 12 were the only ones there. Need to be taken by boat across the Lake and when you arrive you can appreciate the solitude. Rooms are large and comfortable, but very open which is great in good weather - blinds that can be lowered if the weather is not good. Plenty of netting to cover the beds and the bathroom was large and clean. Unfortunately the pool was unable to be used due to recent flooding - and there was a very large tame owl that allowed photos close up when fed. Unfortunately the infinity pool was out of action due to recent high flooding but we still had plenty of photographic things to do. Food was great and laundry services were available.