Island Camp Lake Baringo
The Island Camp resort, founded from an archaeological dig site of the famous Leakey family, is the second oldest tented camp in Kenya (Governor’s Camp being the oldest) and is situated on the southern end of Ol Kokwe Island. This famous island is in the middle of Lake Baringo, which is one of the major lakes in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. The camp was further developed by Jonathan Leakey, Alan Douglas-Dufresne and Willie Roberts in 1972. Mr. Perrie Hennessy took over ownership and management the camp in 1996. In 2012 he was joined by Mr. Michael Beamish and Dr. Bonnie Dunbar (owner and developer of the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages in Karen, Nairobi) and this group completely renovated the camp in 2013, including construction of new large lake view thatched cottages with verandahs with private pools. Because of its long history, the camp has been the location for holidays for many local Kenyans (who learned to swim, water ski and fish in the lake) as well as an escape for many international tourists and celebrities.
All superior rooms have:
- Lake view
- Private verandahs with splash pool
- Spacious open plan walled cottages (100msq.) with high beamed thatched roofs and canvas covered fronts
- Large Open bathroom/shower with lake view
All deluxe rooms have:
- Lake Views
- Concrete bathrooms and back walls
- Open front canvas tents
- Veranda with sitting area overlooking lake
- Oversized beds (twin or king) with under bed pullout “trundle beds” for children
- Oversized mosquito nets
Island Camp has a dining room overlooking the lake. When the camp is full the camp serves a full BBQ poolside on Saturday nights or on other nights by request. Island Camp serves a full breakfast, buffet lunches and plate service in the evenings. The Camp is famous for its cold soups at lunch (avocado, gazpacho or leek and potato). Ample homemade bread rolls are popular, especially to treat the birds and mongooses who join for breakfast and lunch.
There is a main bar and a large pool bar. The pool bar is popular for afternoon gatherings, and many table games are available. The dart board is a favourite and horseshoes are a challenge. The pool bar also has a fantastic view of both sides of the Rift Valley including a breathtaking “sundowner view.” There is also a high rock formation with a 360-degree view of the lake that is popular for “Sundowner drinks.”
Excursions & Wildlife
- Bird Watching and Nature Walks
- Excursion to Lake Bogoria to watch Flamingos
- Water Sports
Island Camp has 16 rooms available for conferences and functions (including 5 classic tent rooms). The Conference and restaurant facilities can seat up to 40 people. The camp has WIFI in localised areas of the camp and basic projection and office equipment support for conferencing. Island Camp is also famous for its special birthday parties and functions. The total privacy of the island makes it a perfect getaway for families and friends to celebrate and party.