• Samatian Island

    Samatian Island

About Samatian

The small and exclusive Samatian is set on a private Island on Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. With its breath-taking views across the waters of the lake to the imposing backdrop of the Laikipia Escarpment, the island offers the perfect getaway. The beauty of Baringo is legendary, with its spectacular sunsets, dazzling array of bird life, and the Njemps fishermen continuing a traditional lifestyle. Lake Baringo is also a Ramsar site, having been recognised internationally as a vitally important wetland.

Samatian Island offers guests the ultimate in relaxation in magical surroundings.

Samatian Island - Useful Information

  • General Information

    Welcome

    Welcome to the Island! This island will be exclusively yours during your stay here, we hope you make this feel like home from home during your visit here. Please take the time to read this information below as it will make your stay here more enjoyable.

    Rooms

    Each Room will be made up in the morning when you have vacated for breakfast or departure. The room girls will turn down your nets and put down your nets in the evenings and help put down the blind in an event of an afternoon storm. A solar system powers the camp and most rooms have power sockets for charging your appliances. Please do not use a hair dryer in any socket on the island. Please turn off all lights when you leave the rooms to conserve battery power & keep away flying insects. Please bring your own torches for walking between rooms at night. A night watchman patrols & can be of assistance during the night. Please note that sometimes the power does not last through the night. Keep your torches handy. Most rooms have a safe for you to lock away your valuables, if not please ask Richard to lock your valuable items away in his store. All our water is pumped from the lake. Generally the water is fit for human consumption, but just to be safe, we would prefer you not to drink it.

    All grey and black water pass into our septic tanks and French drains, so please, please, PLEASE NO PLASTICS OR OTHER FOREIGN BODIES.

    Please report any breakages and damages to Richard & will be charged to the guest party.

    Gratuities: As customary in many establishments, a gratuity to the staff Samatian Island is accepted practice but entirely your choice. The amount is at the discretion of our guests but if you would like a guideline we would suggest 500 ksh per client per day as a reasonable amount. Please give the gratuity to Richard on your departure who will share it equally between all staff members.

    Swimming: The big lake in front of us, although beautiful has its dangers. Remember that there are hippo and crocodile in the vicinity of the island & swimming in the lake is at your own risk. Please NO SWIMMING AFTER DARK. The pool is operated as a plunge pool - the water is topped up or changed as often as we are able. Be careful as the bottom is very slippery. Please ask your kids not to put fish in it!

    Hazards: – Yes there are snakes in Africa. One has to be VERY unlucky to be bitten by a venomous one, and if left alone they will normally retreat, without incident. Please inform the staff of any sightings. We have mostly harmless snakes on the island and you might be lucky enough to see the harmless green spotted bush snake or the endemic Baringo snake. Scorpions: we have 2 species on the island, in the lucky event that you get stung please don't panic, they give a painful sting but are not deadly.

    Painkillers are a must. Shake clothing out before putting them on if you have left them on the floor. Malaria is rare in Baringo. However please remember to carry mosquito repellent & cover up in the evenings as a precaution.

    We are a long way from hospital, and because of this, common sense must prevail at all times. A basic medical kit is located in the Kitchen, please ask Richard.

    We hope you have a very enjoyable stay here!

  • Before Travel

    Guest Info, must read

    Samatian is a private island of approximately 30 acres on Lake Baringo, a fresh water lake in the Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Samatian is a private home to the Roberts & Withey Families of Nanyuki, now open to self catering (bring your own food and drinks) guests on an exclusive basis. Baringo is a short 1 1⁄2 hour drive north of Nakuru on a tarred road (approx. 125kms). For those flying in, there is an airstrip close to Roberts’ Camp, on the shores of Lake Baringo, & transfers to the Island will be arranged.

    Accommodation comprises 4 airy, open-plan thatched rooms. 2 rooms are family units with a partitioned bedroom, verandah, sitting room & bathroom. The other 2 rooms are en suite with sitting areas. Due to the recent flooding & dramatic rise in water levels, there is currently no filtered swimming pool, it now operates as a plunge pool with us changing the water regularly. All bedding, mosquito nets, towels, loo paper, soap, firewood & charcoal are provided at the Island. Your host team will be local Njemps people from the Baringo area with Richard at the helm to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, please don't hesitate to ask any questions.

    As a guest of Samatian Island, a few things concerning your stay :-

    If driving from Nairobi Follow the main road to Nakuru (2.5 hours). You will reach a highway going into Nakuru. After going under a railway bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight through the roundabout & shortly you will arrive at a second roundabout. Turn right at second roundabout. Go over railway lines and turn left at T-junction. It’s a straight road from here for about 125kms. You’ll pass through Mogotio (57 kms) and Marigat (110 kms). 17 kms after Marigat take a right (you will see a collection of signs). Head to Kipsang’s Jetty - take a right turn in the village and then a left about 50 yards on to meet the boat. Kindly pay a fee of 500/- per vehicle per day to the watchman directly. Alternatively you can park at Roberts Camp for the same fee if they have parking space.

    Kindly call Richard, the caretaker, when leaving Nakuru to give the boats ample time to position themselves on the mainland. His number is 0727896211. Alternatively Nixons number is 072 997 3622 (although he doesn't speak good English).

    We have 2 Sesse Canoe boats for transport and ferrying luggage. These boats are designed to carry 7 passengers at any time & under all circumstances must be driven only by our driver. Boats have life jackets for your use. Please note that the lake often gets rough in the evenings & bear this in mind if arriving at this time. A return boat transfer to the Island and back per group is included in the price of your stay. Any additional transfers should be paid to Richard at a rate of Kshs 2000 per return trip. If you would like to use the boat for excursions the running rate for this is Kshs 2500 per 1⁄2 hour. Please pay Richard cash for this directly and he will issue you a Samatian Island ltd receipt.

    Samatian is Self Catered (bring all your own food, drink including drinking water & ice) unless special arrangements have been made prior to your arrival. It is possible to book full board catering for 6 pax or more through Christine Cambell Clause from Posh Nosh, please enquire directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Kindly let the cooks know as soon as possible the meal plans & timings to give them sufficient time to get your meals prepared. Please don’t forget to bring your own drinking water and ice as well as all your food for your stay. We have a fully equipped kitchen with a four burner gas cooker with oven. Also supplied is a large electric fridge with a small deep freeze and 2 chest freezers. All crockery & cutlery is supplied for up to 16 people and a barbecue grill for your use. Visitors can buy basic goods, sodas & beer in Kampi Ya Samaki. Salt, pepper, matches, etc. are provided. Hot water is provided by means of a kuni boiler & will be lit each morning & evening.

    Guests are requested to vacate the Island by 10.00 A.M. on their day of departure. Guests are requested NOT to check in prior to 12 P.M to give sufficient time to the staff to prepare the rooms (unless prior arrangement has been made with management). Guests are asked to take their empty glass and plastic bottles with them on departure. This ensures our human footprint on the island is kept to a minimum. Please remember to check the kitchen for all cool boxes or items you want to return home with.

    Registration form: You will be issued a registration form, please fill this in on your arrival and give to Richard if you have not already emailed this. Each person in the group must sign, or parent on behalf of a child. This is a requirement by law.

    We wish you a pleasant stay, please don't hesitate to contact the owners on the below numbers should you need any further clarifications.

    Mobile: +254 (0)722 207772, Mobile: (0)722 706895

  • How to Get Here

    By Road

    From Nairobi

    If driving from Nairobi Follow the main road to Nakuru (2.5 hours). You will reach a highway going into Nakuru. After going under a railway bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight through the roundabout & shortly you will arrive at a second roundabout. Turn right at second roundabout. Go over railway lines and turn left at T-junction. It’s a straight road from here for about 127 kms. You’ll pass through Mogotio (57 kms) and Marigat (110 kms). 17 kms after Marigat take a right (you will see a collection of signs). Head to Kipsang’s Jetty - take a right turn in the village and then a left about 50 yards on to meet the boat. Kindly pay a fee of 500/- per vehicle per day to the watchman directly. Alternatively you can park at Roberts Camp for the same fee if they have parking space but ensure Richard knows which jetty. Kindly call Richard when leaving Nakuru to give the boats ample time to position themselves on the mainland. His number is 0727896211. Alternatively Nixon's number is 072 997 3622 (although he doesn't speak good English).

    From Laikipia

    For the more adventurous, or those coming from Laikipia, there is also a very scenic, dirt road winding down to the northern end of the lake from Mugie Ranch on the Rumuritu-Maralal road, approximately 104kms. This route requires 4 WD, is rough, dusty and sometimes muddy. Contact us for more detailed information at the time.

    Fly In Guests

    If arriving by air, Samatian has a hangar available for our fly in guests. The airstrip is located just south of Kampi Ya Samaki airstrip. Richard will be happy to arrange local taxis to ferry you to the jetty to meet our boats. This is a short 5-10 minute drive.

    The Boat Crossing

    Our boats will await you at the jetty of your choice, the crossing is about 15 - 20 minutes if the lake is calm, it can be 30 or more minutes if the lake is rough, keep your waterproof jackets handy! It is not uncommon for the winds to pick up around 4 pm, so bear this in mind if you plan on arriving in the evening.

    What to bring:

    Remember its an adventurous place this island, we also have bugs, snakes and Sun! Below is a basic list of what to bring, but most importantly bring a positive and fun attitude!

    • All your own food and drink, plenty of water and Ice for those refreshing drinks you will enjoy.
    • Sun protection – hat, sun cream, sunglasses, walking shoes, sandals, waterproof jacket, jersey, swimwear, sarongs or kikois and other required items of clothing, Insect repellent, torches, cameras, binoculars, bird books, a good book, personal medical supplies.
    • It is essential to have medical insurance whilst visiting Kenya, and also recommended to take out Flying Doctor cover.
    • Please do remember to print and bring the registration and information sheet emailed to your group leader. 
  • 2017 Rates

    2nd Jan 2017 - 1st Jan 2018
    (Applicable to Resident and Non Residents)
    Minimum 2 night stay (unless on standby)
    Self Catered / Exclusive Use per Night

    Capacity is 8 adults, extra beds for children available in some rooms. 4 rooms, 2 of which are suitable for families.

    OFF PEAK / REGULAR DATES  (Minimum 4 People)
    5,000 ksh per adult, 3,000 ksh per child under 12 years
    Children 5 years and under - Free of Charge.

    PEAK DATES (EASTER WEEKEND and 20TH DEC – 2ND JANUARY 2018)
    Minimum 6 people
    5,500 ksh for adults 3,500 ksh for kids
    Children 5 years and under - Free of Charge.

    It is possible to book full board catering for 6 pax or more through Christine Cambell Clause from Posh Nosh, please enquire directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    INCLUDED
    Self-catered accommodation (bring all your own food and drink)
    Team of staff including chef
    Charcoal, wood and gas for heating and cooking, all bedding, towels, toilet paper, soap.
    Boat transfer to the island (max 2 boats in and 2 boats out, max 7 passengers per boat) Soap, loo paper, towels, bedding.

    EXCLUDED
    Boat Excursions: 4,000 ksh per boat per hour for engine running time.
    Extra Transfers: 2,000 ksh per trip.
    Conservation Fees for Giraffe Island Visit: 500 ksh per person
    Parking Fee at Kipasngs Jetty or Roberts Camp: 500 ksh per vehicle per day.
    Gratuities

    PAYMENT DETAILS:

    Bank Details:
    Bank: CFC Stanbic Bank
    Account Name: Samatian Island Ltd
    Account Number: 0100003401997
    Branch: Nanyuki code, 31017

    Mpesa:
    Lipa na Mpesa - paybill – business no: 600100
    Account no: 01 0000 340 1997 Send confirmation to 0722207772 so we can confirm and issue a receipt.
    Richard will issue you with a Samatian Island Ltd receipt on arrival if you require.

    Payment Terms:
    To secure your booking a deposit of 20,000 ksh per night is payable. Any balances can be paid closer to your arrival date. Cancellation within 2 weeks is non refundable unless space is filled by another booking.