Samatian Island Lodge
Lake Baringo, Kenya
At a Glance
Relax by the infinity pool and soak up the views
Boat trips on Lake Baringo and watch the incredible bird life.
Explore Lake Baringo by canoe
Try your hand at fishing in the calm waters of the lake
Take a scenic flight down the Great Rift Valley
Best time to Visit
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Kenya is a dry country, with regional variations in temperature and rainfall. On the coast, the weather is tropical with high humidity in April and May, and occasional monsoon winds. Inland (including the Central Highlands and Rift Valley) the climate is temperate. The long rains fall from March to May and the short rains fall from late October to December. The best time to visit is usually July to February, and the wildebeest migration usually occurs from mid-July to September.
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The five open fronted thatched cottages are set on a small private island in Lake Baringo with breath-taking views across the lake to the Laikipia Escarpment. Samatian Island Lodge offers the perfect relaxing location mid-safari break.
Samatian Island Lodge is on a private island in the middle of the bronze waters of Lake Baringo. Accommodation is for between ten to twelve guests in five airy, open plan thatched cottages, each with its own bathroom and sitting area. The open design of the cottages provide welcome breezes while mosquito nets provide protection at night. In the rare event of a storm, waterproof blinds are let down to shut out the rain. One of these is a family cottage with two rooms, adjacent bathrooms and an upstairs stargazing deck and sitting area.
The dining area has a panoramic view of the lake, and there is a comfortable lounge area strewn with cushions and plenty of board games. Samatian's large infinity pool offers fabulous views of the lake with its backdrop of the rugged hills of Kenya’s arid Northern Frontier District.
At Samatian Island Lodge guests can do as much or as little as you like and activities include canoeing, wake boarding, birding around the lake, boat trips to the nearby Njemps & Pokot villages and visits to nearby Lake Bogoria. Guests can also arrange a scenic flight down the Great Rift where they are enchanted by its great arid plains, escarpments, rock formations, lakes, volcanoes and lava flows or this geologically diverse area.
Samatian Lodge has five open fronted chalets which all have a wonderful views over the waters of Lake Baringo and beyond to the dramatic Laikipia escarpment. Two of these chalets make ideal family accommodation with two bedrooms and bathrooms. Each room has taken on a personality of its own with their unique styles making your stay memorable.
Children of all ages are very welcome at Samatian Island Lodge. Babysitting services can be arranged if required. The family cottage is a good choice of accommodation with its spacious double and twin bedrooms and open air deck space above where you take in the 360 views.
Samatian Island Lodge has several boats for fishing, wake boarding and cultural visits. There are also canoes available for you to explore in, and a tempting infinity pool for swimming in. Guests can book scenic flights along the Rift Valley. The lodge can also arrange cultural visits to a Pokot or Njemps village on the eastern shores of Lake Baringo.
Activities at Samatian island Lodge include canoeing, wake boarding, birding around the lake, boat trips to the nearby Njemps & Pokot villages and visits to nearby Lake Bogoria. It is also possible to arrange scenic flights from Samatian Island Lodge. The lodge has excellent guides and staff to help make your stay as comfortable as possible, including a qualified masseuse.
Location & directions
Lake Baringo, Kenya
The small and exclusive Samatian Island Lodge is set on a small private island on Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. With its breath-taking views across the lake to the backdrop of the Laikipia Escarpment. Lake Baringo is also a Ramsar site, having been recognised internationally as a vitally important wetland.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. Samatian Island Lodge is a 4-hour drive from Nairobi, plus a 20-minute boat ride. Or there is also an airstrip at Baringo, where private or chartered aeroplanes can deliver guests (1-hour flight from Nairobi Wilson).