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 bronze waters of the lake to the imposing backdrop of the Laikipia Escarpment, the lodge offers the perfect mid-safari break. Caroline (nee Roberts), together with her husband Ross Withey, own and operate this 12-bed lodge.
The beauty of Baringo is legendary, with its spectacular sunsets, dazzling array of bird life, and the Njemps fishermen continuing a lifestyle little changed for over 200 years. Lake Baringo is also a Ramsar site, having been recognised internationally as a vitally important wetland. The Roberts’ family first settled at Baringo in the 1950’s, and Caroline’s grandmother still lives beside the lake, while the rest of the large and locally well-known Roberts family have all kept Kenya as their homes. Caroline and Ross are both Kenya citizens and traditional Kenyan hospitality is part of the Samatian experience.
The much anticipated construction of the newest Chalet on Samatian Island will be completed December of 2010! We will post pictures on the blog soon. Accommodation is in five open-plan thatched cottages sleeping up to a total of 12 guests. Each room has a superb view of the lake and all bedrooms have adjacent bathrooms, each with its own unique style, and usually a view too. The family chalet has a double and a twin bedroom as well as an open air deck upstairs for star-gazing and enjoying the breathtaking 360-degree view. These open rooms 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. Each room has a unique personality of its own, blending in with the nature of its surroundings and providing privacy to each chalet. Hot showers are available in each unit all day, and some units are furnished with stunning indoor/outdoor baths. The dining and homely living areas are situated n
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A spacious, open dining area with views across the lake and beyond to the Rift Valley provides guests with an idyllic setting to enjoy their meals. Off this dining area is a lounge, with comfortable cushions, hammoks, and chairs. A peaceful area to watch the birds feeding on the bird tables and to take in the vast open wilderness.
Samatian Island offers guests the ultimate in relaxation in magical surroundings. Your hosts are always on hand to tailor your days to be as active or relaxed as you wish. For the active, there’s canoeing, jogging or walking along the lakeside to view the prolific bird life. You can also take advantage of boat rides to explore the lake and view the resident hippo, crocodile, giant monitor lizards, as well as over 450 species of birds: You can feed and photograph the fish eagles, explore this fascinating lake and visit Baringo’s hot springs. We can also take you on day-trips to neighbouring Lake Bogoria, with its vast numbers of flamingo and the possibility of seeing rarer animals including the Greater Kudu; the forests and prehistoric site in the Tugen Hills, Kidepo springs with their extraordinary hot waterfalls; tours of the Rugus Wildlife conservancy, as well as visiting and learning about local tribes.
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