Lake Naivasha – Great Rift Valley Lake

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Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in the scenic Great Rift Valley. It is an excellent spot for boat rides and game viewing on Crescent Island.

Feels like Heaven, Right Here in Africa

The Great Rift Valley leaves a trail of spectacular attractions across its floor and the escarpments on either side of the trench. Lake Naivasha is one of these attractions. This water body averages 13kms long and 5m deep. The name comes from a Maasai word Nai posha that means rough water. This name suits it because the rain comes with a host of terrifying storms.

Crescent Island occupies the deepest spot on the water. It is a scenic location teeming with animals such as wildebeests, gazelles and giraffes among others. The water body also contains a variety of benefits for locals and foreign countries alike. This region has the largest, most productive farms in the country. They export horticultural produce and offer a sustainable source of livelihood for local communities and settlers.

Around Lake Naivasha is a forest of indigenous trees especially acacia and yellow fever trees. Hundreds of bird species nest here making this region the best place for a bird watching excursion. Apart from trees, the mainland has a wide range of wildlife. These animals include giraffes, hippos, buffalos and monkeys.

What to do at Lake Naivasha

For the ultimate Kenya Safari experience, take part in

  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Sightseeing
  • Mountain climbing
  • Walking safaris
  • Cycling
  • Bush dining

Places to visit

This part of the Great Rift Valley offers exceptional scenery and great weather for visiting various attractions in the surrounding. The must see places are

  • Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Crescent Island
  • Mount Longonot
  • Longonot National Park

This region is accessible from the capital city and other towns in the country. It takes two hours only by road from Nairobi. From distant towns such as Samburu and Mombasa, look for daily flights to this part of the rift valley. A variety of world class hospitality properties operate in this region such as Loldia House of the Governors’ Camp brand.

You can find accommodation for a group of friends, family, newlyweds or even corporate staff. There are luxurious lodges and tented camps in the serene environment around the lake, and others are further away.

Map of Lake Naivasha – Great Rift Valley Lake

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