Map of Lake BaringoRuko lies along the north eastern shores of Lake Baringo within Kenya’s Great Rift Valley

How to get there

Ruko is accessible by boat from Kampi ya Samaki or Samatian Island, Lake Baringo.

Journey time from Nairobi is approximately 4 hours on a fairly good rehabilitated road, which is 280 km via Nakuru. Take the B4 out of Nakuru heading towards Loruk, continue for 115km, turn left off the main road at Kampi ya Samaki and follow signs. There is an admission charge: 200/= per adult payable at the Kampi ya Samaki village perimeter.

It is also possible to drive around the Lake to Ruko instead of getting a boat from Kampi ya Samaki or Samatian. Go 10 kms north of the turnoff for Kampi ya Samaki and in the middle of Loruk village take a right turn to Tangulbei. Continue along this road for about 10 kms until you reach a small duka (shop) and a matatu stage. The turn into Ruko (on the right) is about 300 metres after the duka on the right marked by a white pole. There are no signposts as yet.

Where to stay

Samatian Island Lodge

Roberts Camp

Island Camp

The Tamarind Garden

Soi Safari Lodge

Lake Baringo Club

“Wetlands are among the world’s most productive environments. They are cradles of biological diversity, providing the water and primary productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival. They support high concentrations of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrate species.“ Ramsar Convention