Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, which lies north west of Nairobi. The distance from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha is 110 km. By road, it will take you approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. The name derives from the local Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise, It is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters. Many 3rd and 4th generation British colonialists continue to reside here to date.
Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores.
A boat ride on lake Naivasha takes you close up with the hippos in the water and you will be able to watch them at a close point as they rest among the reeds. There are also hundreds of birds to see in the lake including the famous fish eagle and the cormorants. The shores of the lake is littered with wildlife including buffalos, zebras, giraffes among others.
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Activities at Lake Naivasha
1. Bird Watching
With over 450 bird species, the lake is a world-class destination for bird watchers.
The number of birds specieis in the lake is at its highest from October all the way to March when the migratory birds arrive.
Common birds in the lake include:
The pink-backed pelicans
Great white egrets.
and the iconic fish eagles.
Owls, fish eagles and other birds of prey known to feed on hatched flamingoes, turtles, crocodiles and rock hyraxes are also present in the lake.
2. Visit the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary
The Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is a peninsula located on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. The private island often referred to as ‘Lake Naivasha’s well-kept secret’ has a lot in store for you.
Some of the animals you will spot at the island include:
and elands call this beautiful island home.
The island is also a haven for over 200 bird species, some of them are; herons, fish eagles, lily-trotters, and ospreys.
Boat rides along lake Naivasha provides a perfect view of the island, dotted with animals such as the hippos, kongoni, and zebras.
The island is also ideal for activities such as hiking, biking, walking and weekend retreats.