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Samatian is a fully hosted lodge on a private island in Lake Baringo, part of the Great Rift Valley, and perfect for anyone looking for intimacy and privacy.

The 30-acre private island is situated on the northern side of Lake Baringo, renowned for its spectacular sunsets. There are breathtaking views across the waters of the lake towards the wild and rugged Northern Frontier District.

In total there are four large double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, one large open-plan two-bedroom family cottage with en-suite bathrooms and one large two-bedroom cottage with a shared bathroom. All the thatched rooms are extremely comfortable with views out over the lake and the Rift Valley landscape, and some have private open-air baths or showers hidden away in the trees or rocks.

Breakfasts consist of fresh fruit, cereals and a selection of cooked breakfast classics, while the buffet lunches are prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Three-course dinners are served under the stars, and the chefs can cater for all food preferences or allergies.

Days that can be as relaxing or as active as you wish. If it's the latter, then Lake Baringo is home to a host of birds, many mammals and a fascinating tribal culture. The lodge can arrange boat trips to cruise around rugged islands dotted with acacia and fig trees and home to birds, crocodiles, monitor lizards and hippos. Alternatively, visit Baringo's hot springs or a local Pokot or Njemps tribal village; see huge stands (one of our favourite collective nouns) of flamingos on nearby Lake Bogoria; have a picnic breakfast; fish, canoe or mountain bike around the island and finally enjoy a well-earned sundowner cocktail on a nearby beach. If you really want to splash out, we can also arrange massage & beauty treatments, and scenic flights and helicopter transfers.

Finally, a word on the conservation element. Owners Ross and Caro Withey were heavily involved in the Ruko Community Wildlife Trust (RCWT) after clashes between the Pokot and Njemps brought their elders to the area looking for an urgent solution to an on-going tribal conflict. Working in conjunction with the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), Ruko is an equitable partnership between the Njemps and Pokot communities of Lake Baringo, whose aim is to restore and protect the region for the benefit of its wildlife and its communities.

Why We Love It
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On a boat trip around the lake, you are all but guaranteed close sightings of majestic fish eagles swooping down to catch fish thrown by the skipper.

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Itineraries that feature Samatian Island Lodge

Best for: Couples, Honeymoons and Families
Rhinos, Rivers and the Samburu: An Alternative Kenya
Staying in some of Kenya's most intimate safari camps with access to exclusive wildlife areas, this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable holiday....
10 Days
From £5,875pp

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