DSCN8707The very first time i came across Samatian Island was on twitter and as i re tweeted the post i couldn’t help but admire her beauty. At no particular time did i imagine it was in Kenya (clearly i under estimated my country’s beauty). Of course the adventurer in me wanted to visit the island,not as soon as it happened though.

The small and exclusive Samatian is set on a private Island on Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley roughly 5hrs from Nairobi. 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, and i kid you not, is legendary, with its spectacular sunsets, dazzling array of bird life, and the Njemps fishermen continuing a traditional lifestyle. Samatian Island offers guests the ultimate in relaxation in magical surroundings. Accommodation comprises 5 airy, open-plan, en suite thatched rooms. 2 rooms are family units with a partitioned bedroom, verandah, sitting room and bathroom. Samatian is run as a small family homestay, ideally for 12  or less self catered guests, catering can be arranged  by special arrangement for a party of 6 guests or more.

My experience in photos

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Transport from the main land to the island is via a boat of course

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The island at a distance

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View of the the sunrise from the comfort of my bed and sunset while having a shower is what my room offered. Do i need to say this was everything to me?

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There are a couple of things you can do while at Samatian. You can visit Ol kokwe island for a view of Ol kokwe hot springs.

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While at it you can feed the birds. We watched this baby grab a fish we had thrown at him in the lake. There is a sound the locals usually make that the birds seem to understand too well what it means

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Ol kokwe hot springs behind us. There is also a small market right next to the hot springs where you can buy a few souvenirs,all traditional.

You can also visit Giraffe island

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That’s me and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes posing for a photo. You’ll easily confuse them for reticulated giraffes but the big difference is on the pattern on their feet. Unlike the reticulated giraffes these ones have a more like white sock pattern,am trying to find an easier explanation lol

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We were quite unlucky. The pool as a result of the floods had been submerged into the lake,it has been for a while and if you noticed from some shots above you’ll see that one structure is partly in the water too. As a result we had to go swimming elsewhere, Soi safari lodge

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I still can’t stop loving this shot

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The sunrise,captured right outside my room

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The sun set

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And of course, she is one of the two faces behind all the photography

 

Samatian was a blast. It’s been a long day am not sure my eyes can take it any more but i do hope this post gives you a reason to add the island to your bucket list.

Thank you for reading Travel By Ray,till next time,cheers