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“Away from hustle and bustle” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island Camp Baringo

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Island Camp Baringo
kisumu
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39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Away from hustle and bustle”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2012

A nice place to get away from it all and just relax....but the place seems to be running down a little...service was good which sort of made up for any flaws. Nothing much to do though besides maybe a boat ride to see the crocs and the fish eagles....It used to be a snake sanctuary at one time but no more. Definately a no,no for children as they felt caged in. The weather was at its extreme and it got quite unbearably hot.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank adventurersKisumu
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

How sad to see a once state-of-the-art property deteriorate into an overpriced, shabby, run-down mess with disinterested management and staff, unmaintained grounds (including dangerous and unlit rocky paths) and accommodation and unimaginative, flavourless food with the same menus being recycled night after night. Island Camp should be capitalizing on its location, not using it to sell an out-of-date, sub-standard product. The majority (90%) of tents are old (15+ years?), full of holes, leaky and sagging with makuti roofs that are in dire need of repair. The water (when available) is rarely warm enough (let alone hot) for a comfortable shower - needed on those chilly mornings and evenings - and the electricity which goes off at night just as one is leaving for the precarious walk along the rocky pathways to one's tent is a disgrace. One can't help wondering how long it will be before a guest has a nasty fall and sues the camp - management take heed! But worst of all is the lottery of room booking: we booked and paid, weeks in advance, for a double room and arrived to find a tiny, cramped fly tent full of holes with two tiny single beds placed at each side of the tent beside windows whose velcro was so old the flaps would not stay in place. To charge 14,000/- per night for the "privilege" of sleeping in accommodation so basic is downright arrogant, when a four-star property at the coast can be had for the same rate. Island Camp - get your act together!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank niknax
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safaribonnie, Owner at Island Camp Baringo, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
In 2013 Island Camp was completely rennovated with building of new Superior lodge style rooms with panoramic views of the lake. All other rooms, bars, dining areas and pool also upgraded, therefore, these comments that were once relevant are no longer true. A must to revisit and see the changes in Island Camp with the new high lake water levels which make it clear and green.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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440 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

This is the sort of place that the seasoned traveller doesn't think actually exists; he or she has been caught too many times with plastic, sanitised imitations. The word 'idyllic' was coined to describe this place. It is all you would expect from an island camp in the middle of an African lake. Even the tattyness of some of it is ideal - who wants maincured perfection in a place like this. We only spent one night and immediately recognised that was a mistake. The journey to the camp was long along a good road that eventually decayed into some dodgy dirt.. The boat trip across was 'Out of Africa' and the host was the sort of 'character' you just don't get these days. It really was another world. Food was good and service better.
Looking at the ratings below, perfect cleanliness would have ruined it completely, any kids who need 'activities' shouldn't be here, they should be locked up at home; likewise if you need room service. If you would trade the small pool for a spa, you need your head examined.
This next comment is not meant to be funny. If you are a wheelchair user you will need someone to carry you up steep steps and onto and off the boat, although the boatman and staff will undoubtedly be willing to help.
Opening the flaps of the tent to watch the sun rise was unbelieveable... if only they could have had an Ulster fry for breakfast, I'd have been in Eden itself.

Room Tip: Idyllic, simply idyllic.
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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank UlsterFryNo1
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2011

Full disclosure: I used the pool area and had lunch at Island Camp Baringo, but did not stay overnight.

The pool area was a bit run-down. Really, it just seems like they need to update it a bit with some new chairs, pump some water in the pool, and take a bit better care of the lawn area. The lunch was OK, but not outstanding, and the cocktail I ordered at the bar had no ice. The shower at the pool was a sad trickle. Still, a nice property that needs a little attention.

Having seen only the outside of the tents, the prices they charge seem extremely high. I like a nice splurge every once and a while, but this would not have been good splurge value.

Pretty views though!

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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safaribonnie, Owner at Island Camp Baringo, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
In 2013 Island Camp was comp,Evelyn rennovated with building of new Superior lodge style rooms with panoramic views og the lake. All other rooms, bars, dining areas and pool also upgraded, therefore, these comments that were once relevant are no longer true. A must to revisit and see the changes in Island Camp with the new high lake water levels which make it clear and green.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2011

After a few days of camping in Kenya this is exactly what we needed. Real luxury in a fantastic location. The Island has about 25 permanent tents (although to call them tents is a stretch). All en-suite and all of them with great views of the lake. Fantastic food and really good service especially the delivery of coffee or tea at a time of your choosing for you to enjoy sunrise. We went on a couple of boat trips which enable you to see the Lake and it's fantastic wildlife. Highly recommended for all.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank marlonbunyip
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Manchester
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23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2011

We were lucky enough to stay in room 14, a prototype for the new tents. This was lovely, perfect for a romantic getaway. Lovely warm showers. A turndown service was carried out. A drink of your choice brought to your tent at an arranged wake up time. Stunning views of Lake Baringo from the tent.

Excursions were easily arranged and reasonably priced.

The swimming pool was excellent (a little dated) but perfectly refreshing. A well stocked bar, and stunning views make it a perfect place to relax.

Food was excellent, amazing BBQ in the evening with a wide choice of food available.

This place is a fantastic place to relax in style, it's good that they are modernising/updating as some of the tents and amenities could start to look dated.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank bagh
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Nairobi, Kenya
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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2011

I have now been twice to Island Camp. This place no doubt is beautiful becasue of its location and concept.
However it is showing signs of age. The tents- furnishings, bathroom fittings etc are very old and rusty. Now I say this because there are many comparable accommodation options in the price range in Kenya . For that price you can get beautiful cosy places. The pool area also needs some work on- the sun bed area etc.
The place needs only a small revamp and it will be wonderful.
The food is very mediocre for Kenyan standards and Vegetarains are not as well catered for as expected in Kenya.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank shreyashah
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safaribonnie, Owner at Island Camp Baringo, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
In 2013 Island Camp was completely renovated with building of new Superior lodge style rooms with panoramic views of the lake. All other rooms, bars, dining areas and pool also upgraded, therefore, these comments that were once relevant are no longer true. A must to revisit and see the changes in Island Camp with the new high lake water levels which make it clear and green.
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Property: Island Camp Baringo
Address: Ol Kokwe | Lake Baringo, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Baringo District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Baringo District
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Island Camp Resort is a luxury resort on an island overlooking Lake Baringo and both sides of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. All rooms have lake views. Activities include guided boat drives, bird walks, a visit to Giraffe Island to walk with the giraffes and ostriches. A perfect place to relax by pool with adjacent bar and views of the lake. Conference facilities available. ... more   less 
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