This Island tour falls in your bucketlist for a few reasons! The island will be exclusively yours during your stay. Set in the middle of Lake Baringo and a short distance from mainland and the other islands in the lake, it’s a pure gem.
Accommodation and rooms.
This trip is a shared space arrangement with 4 cottages. Two have one bed and the rest have 4 beds each. Flexibility is important. If you expect hotel style rooming, then you might want out. Each Room will be made up in the morning.
The room girls will turn 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. NO HAIRDRYERS PLEASE. 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. The night watchman Justin patrols and is on call during the night.
Most rooms have a safe for you to lock away your valuables. All the water is pumped from the lake. The water is heated via means of a wood boiler and water will be hot in the morning and evenings. All grey and black water pass into our septic tanks and French drain. Please don’t flush anything down the loo other than loo paper.
Gratuities: This is by no means a must and will also be dependent on how you feel you have been looked after by our staff. As a guideline we would suggest 500 – 1000 ksh per guest 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 necessary. 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 rare and unlucky event that you get stung please don’t panic, they give a painful sting but are not deadly. Shake clothing out before putting it on if you have left it on the floor.
Malaria is rare in Baringo and especially on the island due to lack of people. 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. If you need to contact a doctor during your visit Dr Malik is based in Nakuru 0733384376, 0512217138.
Scenic boat trips in traditional Sesse canoes to view the prolific birdlife of Baringo (over 450 species) as well as crocodile and hippo. You can also throw fish for fish eagles, offering spectacular photographic opportunities. Boat fees will apply.
Canoe around the island. We have several 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.
Fishing: Take a rod & try your luck at fishing for catfish, barbel & tilapia. Dough, bacon & worms are the best bait & a 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.
Nature & bird walks over the top of Samatian 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.
Trips to visit the local Njemps tribes. Ask Richard for more details.
A beautiful walk around Giraffe Island. This is home to six endangered Rothchild’s (formally known as Baringo giraffe), ostrich, warthogs, impalas & hyrax. The rangers will be happy to guide you and you can get up close to these extraordinary creatures that were brought here by boat. This costs 500 ksh per person in conservation fees plus the boat transfer of 2000 ksh (carries up to 7 passengers).If you combine this with the other islands the boat fees go up to 4000.
Sundowners to a beach. Richard can arrange to take you to a beach where you can sit and have a drink, light a fire and watch the sun sink over the horizon. Some of your group might like to canoe there. Boat fees will apply.
Friday 3rd August
Meet up for Departure at International life house for Departure. Drive down to Nakuru and onwards to Roberts Camp Baringo. Park the vehicles at Roberts Camp where you will be received by Richard your host for a 25mins ride across the water by boat. Check into the island and share the sleeping spaces out. Enjoy packed lunch or quick salad/sandwich and rest the afternoon away as you await for Sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Island.
Saturday 4th August
After breakfast head out on a tour of the Islands starting with the largest one Ol Kokwe where the local Njemps community live. Afterwards head out to Giraffe Island and walk around the conservancy before returning back to the island for afternoon games and chill time.
Final dinner and barbeque at the island that night.
Sunday 5th August
After breakfast check out and sail across back to Roberts’s camp at 1000hrs. Enjoy a final drink at Thirsty goat restaurant at Roberts’s camp before heading out to Nairobi to arrive early in the evening.
1. Proper Comfortable outdoor shoes and sandals
2. Head lamp /Flash light with good batteries
3. Swim gear
4.All Beverages and drinking Water. None is sold at island.
5. Mkeka hat or sun screen
6. Warm Jacket and or warp around: It gets chilly and cold there
8. Snacks eg. Crisps, biscuits, Sweets, cookies
9. Power bank
10. Tips for Island Crew (see guideline above), tips for rangers at the Giraffe Island, tips for Njemps Island tour guide.
KES 16,100 Per Person
• Accommodation at the Island
• Meals Supplies at Island
• Boat Transfer to the ISland
• Giraffe Island Tour and Ol Kokwe Island Tour (See costs for boat and entry above)
• Drinks and Tips
• Self-Drive Transport (Group Transport needs to be organised in advance)
E. Payment and Booking
Make payments via MPESA Paybill Business Number 695596
Account number: (Your Name)
PS: Confirmations and queries MUST be confirmed with 0777118114