Lake Baringo has risen by around 10meters and sadly this lovely hotel is no longer. So visiting it is not an option, try Island Camp instead. It is a wonderful part of Kenya and is served by a good road from Nakuru
We were a very large group (12 adults, 4 children) and we had a wonderful time. The location is amazing - getting there and getting around the island was part of the adventure. The rooms were nice, the setting stunning and the lunch and breakfast meals were great. Dinner was decent, not amazing but solid. The pool is good for the kids (though very cold) and the overall setting amazing for a weekend away. The excursion to giraffe island was great with our kids but the morning boat safari mediocre. The kids liked kayaking and we all had a lovely, relaxing weekend. The service was also solid -- overall a good place to spend a weekend and a fun, affordable adventure.
The purpose of staying here was to enjoy the variety of birds and we were not disappointed! The variety was stunning and truly enjoyable. Accommodation is in huts which were pretty basic. The dining area was completely open which was great for birdwatching but not for sanitation! Also be warned that you have to negotiate a path through grazing hippos to get back to your room at night, armed only with a torch and trash can lids! The food was not great and the service average, but then it is all part of the diversity of experience! There is a small pool which was clean but rather shabby.
July 2010....We arrived at Lake Baringo to a lovely lunch on the lawn down by the lake...a great introduction after a few days of travel up north, Marsabit, across the Kargi dessert to Lake Turkana, down to Maralal then to this location. Again this Lodge was built some time ago (?'70's) but was clean and hospitality and location great. We were shown to our room with amenities explained by a staff member...I particularly loved being shown where the 'light of the night' was.... the light switch for the ensuite. I guess for our group of 4 ladies, the staff and fellow travellers made our stay. A large group from the Narobi Safari Park Hotel and Casino were here on a 'team building' weekend. They were so friendly and could see we liked a bit of fun and included us in their party, dancing etc As we were at Lake Baringo for a weekend, we had a day off there and our guide took us to church (AIC...African Inland Church, non-denominational) in Marigat. That was just amazing, there could have been 300 to 400 people in a huge corrigated iron shed with dirt floors. We are very warmly welcomed and were the first tourists (and I dare say white people) to have ever come to their church. After church we went to have a Nyama Choma at the back of a pub. Our guide had slipped away during the 3 hour church service to organise the meal for us and it was his'shout'. These local experiences just made our trip and would not happen when travelling in large groups. We may have paid a bit more to have a driver/guide to ourselves for 2 weeks, but what an amazing time we had.…