Samatian Island LodgeSamatian Island Lodge

Without the continuous support of Samatian Island Lodge Ruko Community Wildlife Trust would not be able to operate sustainably.  Every guest that stays at Samatian pays a nightly conservation fee that goes straight to funding all operations and projects that Ruko implements.  On top of this all guests have the chance to support Ruko by visiting the project in person.

Northern Rangelands TrustNRT

Ruko has formed a Board using the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) model, whose vision is to “… facilitate the development of community-led conservation initiatives in Northern Kenya...  (and) promote the collective management of eco-systems in order to improve human livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and rangeland management”.

European Commission/CDTF

Ruko was awarded a start up/seed fund for running for three and half years from 2007-2010 by the European Commission (EC) through the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF).  These crucial funds have been shared between supporting projects to develop the conservancy and income generating activities.  Also through CDTF budget allocation for peace programmes RUKO was seconded to receive funds from DANIDA to support peace initiatives giving way for the 1st ever RUKO MARATHON which was a huge success and brought communities together to share their cultural values.


Ruko received much needed funding from Tusk Trust to purchase the conservancy boat and patrol equipments for scouts including tents and binoculars. On top of this Tusk has already secured funding with grants to translocate Rothschild giraffe to the region. Tusk is now seeking further funding to purchase a Sesse canoe and outboard engine for the project which will be used by the appointed game guards management team.


Ruko has secured funds to install a solar-powered water project to enable the communities to initiate a pilot programme for fish farming as well as commencing community tree nurseries.

Globe Foundation

The Longicharo Nursery school hosted 60 children from both communities for a morning art workshop.  The children delighted in drawing the world around them.

Private Donors

Ruko received funds for its fish farming project to enable two initial ponds to be created with thanks from Terry Brewer, who visited Baringo in March 2010

Roberts CampRobert's Camp

Assistance and support from Robert's Camp on the shore of Lake Baringo.

I dipped my hand in the tea coloured spray of Lake Baringo, while absent-mindedly scanning the distant hills.  I wasn’t really concerned about crocodile – the speed boat was cruising at a steady 15 knots and although capable of surprising bursts of speed in water – up to 35km/per/hour– I knew even the swiftest crocodile wouldn’t be able to keep up. However, when the boat idled momentarily as we neared Longichoro Island on the eastern shores of Lake Baringo, I hastily withdrew my hand.  A huge croc basked statue-still, molded to a warm boulder the same mottled shade of colour as itself.  While another slipped into the reed beds close by; the ossified scutes of its dinosaur like tail marking a sinuous trail through the water
However, other than crocodile and hippo, I hadn’t seen any wildlife to speak of.  I look forward to returning to Lake Baringo in the not too distant future hopefully to see a ‘tower’ of Rothschild giraffe as well as other antelope roaming safely, protected by the scouts recently recruited by the RCWT.
On our way over to visit Longichoro Island, a wire-tailed swallow dipped its wing in the lapis water rippling the surface like a fishnet stocking.  (This is the core conservation area made up of Njemps and Pokot land).  I had never seen the lake so blue.  Damsel flies with transparent wings outlined in green and black danced over the water, a sign that the lake is healthy. Due to exceptionally heavy rains in the Lake Baringo catchment area, the lake has risen more than a meter in the last twelve months; it hasn’t been this high since 1963.  Not only does the lake look healthier, heavy rainfall has diluted the build up of sedimentation, and the vegetation around the lake is rejuvenating. Does this also mean that the wildlife will benefit and numbers increase?  STORM STANLEY 08