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Samatian Island P. O. Box 3041 Nanyuki, 10400 Kenya
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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#5 of 14 Speciality lodging in Baringo District
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Samatian Island Lodge is situated on a beautiful island in Lake Baringo which is in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. With dramatic surroundings all around, and a feeling of raw wilderness, Samatian is an oasis of calm and luxury amidst the harsh beauty of Africa. Activities in the area include exceptional bird watching, walks, cultural visits, boat rides, canoeing, visits to Giraffe island to meet the endangered Rothschild giraffe and other animals, sundowners on neighbouring beaches & fishing.
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Samatian Island P. O. Box 3041 Nanyuki, 10400 Kenya
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BRUNO G wrote a review Oct 2019
Mombasa, Kenya130 contributions16 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: The Staff will show you all Cabins and you choose the best suitable of the free rooms.
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Janpye wrote a review Oct 2016
Nairobi, Kenya34 contributions4 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Any, as all with lake views. If you don't want a climb, particularly ask for cottage nearest...
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Fiona S wrote a review Sep 2016
Nanyuki Town, Kenya15 contributions5 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: October 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Roberts Camp M, Owner at Samatian Island
Responded 14 Sep 2016
Hello, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Samatian is our family home where i spent much of my childhood and its a huge pleasure to share it with people who enjoy its uniqueness like we do. Thanks for coming and for taking the time to review us. We hope to have you back some day!
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pooja p wrote a review Apr 2016
Kochi (Cochin), India56 contributions15 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Response from 5yswm, Owner at Samatian Island
Responded 14 Sep 2016
Hello We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for taking the time for giving us a review. We hope to see you back some day.
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Lozfromoz98 wrote a review Feb 2016
Sydney, Australia964 contributions89 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: All rooms are good
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Response from 5yswm, Owner at Samatian Island
Responded 14 Sep 2016
Hello We are delighted you enjoyed your time at Samatian. Unfortunately our lovely horizon swimming pool will have to be used as a plunge pool until the lake level recedes. We shall keep our guests updated with our developments & progress via our website & facebook page. Thanks for taking the time to give us a review and we do hope to have you back on the island some day!
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