Lake Naivasha: Explore this Great Lake

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Lake Naivasha is one of the fresh water lakes of the Great Rift Valley. This lake served as a landing site around 1937-1950. It connected towns like Kisumu and Nairobi with cities in Britain and South Africa. Now, Lake Naivasha is a major tourist attraction as well as an important source of water for floriculture farms around it.

A number of streams, and rivers like Malewa and Gilgil empty their water into this lake, though there is no visible outlet. Lake Naivasha is situated in the highest point of the Great Rift in Kenya. Crescent Island sits on the deepest part of the lake.

What to See in Lake Naivasha
Crescent Island is the lake’s main attraction, and one of the best places to enjoy a quiet picnic in the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy relaxing game walks alongside giraffes and zebras on the island. Over 400 species of birds call this lake home. You can also spot hippos in the freshwater.

You can also combine a tour of the lake with an excursion in Hell’s Gate National Park, Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant, Lake Oloiden, Crater Lake and Lake Elementaita.

Where to Stay in Lake Naivasha
Naivasha hotels on the shores of the lake include Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Naivasha Kongoni Lodge, Elsamere and Kiangazi House. These luxurious hotels offer scenic view of the lake, and a host of activities for safari enthusiasts.

Elsamere is one of the memorable places to visit. There is a museum on-site with items from the retirement home of George and Joy Adamson, a couple remembered for immensely contributing to conservation projects in Kenya.

A superior room at Kiangazi House.

A superior room at Kiangazi House.

Things to Do in Lake Naivasha
In addition to nature walks in Crescent Island, explore this water body through:
Boat rides – some camps and lodges around the lake have daily excursions to explore this lake. Watch hippos as you explore the wild waters. These animals live in the shallow water close to the lake’s shore, and in the marshes around the lake.

Bird watching – this lake is a RAMSAR site. It has hundreds of birds to see, such as the fish eagle and kingfisher.

A 2 days tour of Naivasha will take you to most of the interesting attractions around on and around this lake.


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