Places to stay in the Baringo Valley

There is a variety of accommodation available, ranging from main stream hotels to campsites.

Soi Safari Lodge

Soi Safari LodgeThe ‘new kid on the block’, in terms of Baringo hotels; but, already, establishing itself for excellence in design and the provision of a wide range of services.
Besides the conference facilities and the nicely-situated swimming pool, there is a massage parlour which is popular (mainly with the ladies).
Natural stone features prominently in the walls, pathways and flowerbeds of the lodge, helping it to blend in with the harsh, rugged terrain that is typical of the lake surroundings.

For accommodation, a variety of rooms are available, on ground floor or first floor levels, providing a comfortable interior and a verandah / balcony. With few exceptions, they offer a view of the lake and its islands, enabling one to follow their changing appearance and moods as the day goes by. The morning sunrise can be particularly splendid.

The hotel is only metres from the lake and close to the village of Kampi ya Samaki, which is the shopping and business centre for the local people. Boat trips out onto the lake for sightseeing or fishing are quickly organized because the hotel has its own boats. Local guides (such as Sylvester Kipkebut: 0714284219) can take you around Kampi ya samaki , to the Snake Centre, to the place to buy fish and to other places of interest in the close vicinity.

If you are there at the right time (early evening) you may view the "calling of the crocodiles" to be fed.

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Lake Bogoria Spa Resort

Lake Bogoria Spa Resort

The resort is five minutes drive away from the Lake Bogoria National Reserve and is the place to stay for those who visit the Reserve ---- particularly those who wish to stay for an extended period.

Formerly, it was called “Lake Bogoria Hotel”. The name was changed to reflect the wide range of facilities it has to offer. Most significantly, it has the only naturally-heated, spa pool in Kenya; it is fed by a hot spring arising close to the lake.

But this is far from being its only attraction. It has a ‘cold, fresh water’ swimming pool; though this is not actually a true description, because the sun ensures it is pleasantly warm during the day. It has expansive lawns dotted with Acacia trees over which you can stroll to observe and photograph the birds ---- of which there is a tremendous variety. You may not be the only one out strolling, however; very likely you will encounter a few ostriches “bouncing” their way across the lawns. They are particularly interesting to observe in the breeding season when the males perform a very curious courtship display.

The conference facilities available at Bogoria Spa resort are next to none west of Nairobi; the conference room is a separate building designed, constructed and fitted specifically for its purpose.
About half (21) of the accommodation rooms are in the wide, gently-curving, main building, which radiates a friendly, welcoming aura to arriving visitors. However, there are also 23 “cottages” set some distance away and available to those who would wish for more seclusion.

A new development is the extensive relaxation / nyama choma area, with large kitchen, large bar and numerous small, get-together bandas that is sign-boarded as “Choma Ranch”. All the buildings are well constructed and thatched. The bar in particular, with its skeleton of huge gum-tree poles, is imposing. Choma Ranch is a fine facility for resident and day visitors alike.
More and more people have come to know of it and, particularly at weekends and on public holidays, will race up the good tarmac road from Nakuru (or Nairobi) to be there.
The management and the resident gardener are to be congratulated for the fine work they are doing in spreading greenery and shade in this historically semi-arid locality.

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