How to Get Here
Kindly call Richard, the caretaker, at least one hour ahead of your arrival time to give the boats ample time to position themselves on the mainland. his number is 0727896211.
Baringo is a short 1 ½ hour drive north of Nakuru on a tarred road (approx. 125kms).If driving from Nairobi Follow the main road to Nakuru. 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 in Kampi Ya Samaki village - take a right turn at the junction 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.
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. Guests can be met at the Ruko conservancy headquarters on the eastern shore. 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, 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, you may have to wait a while for the strong wind to pass.
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. Life jackets are on board.
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 3000 per return trip. If you would like to use the boat for excursions the running rate for this is Kshs 2500 per ½ hour. Please pay Richard cash for this directly and he will issue you a Samatian Island ltd receipt.