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While staying at Samatian, guests are able to take part in a number of activities, making the most of the stunning scenic beauty of Lake Baringo, its birdlife, wildlife and culture.

What We


to view the prolific birdlife of Baringo (over 500 species) as well as crocodile & hippo. You can also throw fish for the fish eagles, offering spectacular photographic opportunities. Boat fees will apply.


Take a rod and try your luck at fishing for catfish, barbel & tilapia. Dough, bacon, termites or the local fruiting figs are the best bait & a fly rod or basic hand line or stick rod with hook & line will do you fine. Kindly use only barbless hooks as most fish you catch will be too small to keep. This gives the fish a chance to be released without major injury and gives it a greater chance to survive to adulthood. Chef will happily cook any fish you catch for you.


Visit and learn from the local Njemps and Pokot Tribes, learn about their lives around Lake Baringo and how they interact with the Lake and the wildlife


around the island. We have a couple of kayaks available for you to use. Please take a life jacket, water, hat & sun cream. If the wind gets up this can be harder to paddle back. Occasionally a hippo resides at the southern end of the island so look out & stay clear of him. Please look after our kayaks and equipment so it is there in good order for the next guests and for you to use next time you visit.


over the top of Samatian or Olkokwa island to see the birds & extraordinary plant-life. You will be surrounded by stunning views so take a camera and binoculars. Be sure to wear good shoes and take a hiking stick as rock surfaces can be loose and rough. Take a torch if going in the evening in case you get delayed for any reason. Also available are walks to the cliffs on the mainland with professional bird guide. This is best early in the morning. Richard can give you more details and please note that boat transfer fees will apply. 

This is home to nine endangered Rothchild’s (formally known as Baringo giraffe). The rangers will be happy to guide you and you can get up close to these extraordinary animals that were brought here by boat.  Ruko has nice areas for evening or morning walks and you can usually get close up to the curious giraffe.  

See conservation fees (included in your pre paid rates) plus the boat transfer of 2000 ksh (carries up to 7 passengers). Read about Ruko Conservancy HERE

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