The fascinating Lake Naivasha is located in the Great Rift Valley at an altitude of 1,884 meters above sea level. The up to 139 km² large freshwater lake is embedded between swamps, forests and rock formations. Its size is strongly dependent on rainfall. Between 1937 and 1950, Lake Naivasha was a landing site for Imperial Airways planes. They flew from Durban to Dublin when this took several days. Today, the main source of income for the local population is largely the cultivation and export of flowers and vegetables.
Lake Naivasha is a popular destination for Nairobi residents. Here you can take an impressive boat safari among groups of hippos or join a guided walking safari. The lake is also great to combine with a visit to Hell’s Gate National Park and Crescent Island.
Take a boat trip on Lake Naivasha followed by a walking safari on Crescent Island. Surrounded by water, the peninsula is currently only accessible by boat from the east or west side. The shores are home to abundant birdlife, including pelicans, cormorants and ospreys with their haunting calls. There are more animals per hectare here than in any other Kenyan park. This peninsula is also known as Kenya’s best kept secret. Here you can get up close to wildebeest, waterbuck, hippo, jackal, zebra, and gazelle, among others, and spot over 400 different species of birds such as osprey, herons, and lily pads. Be sure to bring your binoculars! Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Or visit Hell’s Gate National Park, located near Lake Naivasha, with its dramatic scenery. Volcanoes and lava flows dominate the landscape here. The name Hell’s Gate refers to the steeply sloping valley in the park. A walk at the foot of this valley is definitely worthwhile. The grassy plains of the park are also perfect for a bike ride amidst the beautiful wildlife. You can also go rock climbing: The rugged, steep lava ridges are ideal for testing your skills!