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Lying on the eastern edge of East African Rift, Lake Naivasha is the freshwater lake known to be the highest on the rift system. Not truly the national reserve, the lake holds an abundance of flora and fauna that attracts the nature enthusiast. With the papyrus swamp, the green valley and geographical beauty, Lake Naivasha of Kenya is beyond the expectation of the travellers. There are the acacia forests spreading over the rich and fertile land of the oasis of Kenya with a diverse ecosystem. The forest region of the Lake Naivasha supports the wildlife including the bird species like hawks, woodpeckers, cuckoos, shrikes and much more. With the rich ecology, the wetland of Lake Naivasha is marked as the RAMSAR site that exhibits and preserves the diverse bio-network. Where the forest region supports the great birdlife, the Naivasha Lake is the home to the large population of the giant hippos and the water beast crocodiles. The fishes like tilapia, black bass and crayfish also dwell in the fresh water of Lake Naivasha. Talking about the wildlife depending over the lake region, one can spot the impalas, waterbucks, the zebras and other animals like buffalos wandering near the lake. The lodge near Lake Naivasha often arranges the night safari tour where one can mark the existence of nocturnal.

Places To visit In Lake Naivasha

Hell’s Gate National Park

Lying towards the south, the Hell’s Gate is one of the top attraction at Lake Naivasha. The park not just holds the population of wilds like the zebras or the hartebeests but also the opens up the adventure for the visitors like rock climbing.

Lake Oloiden

Known for the magnificent scenic beauty and the population of flamingos, the Lake Oloiden is one of the best attractions to explore near the Lake Naivasha. The wildlife with the acacia woodlands and the green terrains makes the lake area perfect for the walking tour.


The Kariandusi is the historic site near Lake Naivasha that is known to be the cradle of Humankind at Kenya. The site preserves the historical facts and fossil remains fossils that are dating back to the era of Stone Age.

Crescent Island

Boasting an abundance of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Crescent Island is the most visited tourist place in Lake Naivasha. The island, being the hub of immense wildlife and beauty makes it an ideal spot for safari and picnic.

Mount Longonot

Falling on the route to Great Rift Valley, the Mount Longonot is one of the known attractions for tourist at Lake Naivasha. The place is even known as the habitat for some wildlife including the population of zebras, buffalos, giraffes and gazelles.

Kigio Wildlife Conservancy

The Kigio Wildlife Conservancy attracts the tourists for the wildlife that includes animals like elands, leopards, hippos, buffalos, hyenas and waterbucks. The land stretching to the space of 3,500 belongs to the local community of tribe or villagers living there.

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

The Crater Lake Game Sanctuary with its 10,000 lands is the wildlife sanctuaries in Lake Naivasha attracting the traveling all over the globe. Housing the abundance of wildlife with around 400 birdlife, the game sanctuary offers a great day trip during the Lake Naivasha.

Best Time To Visit Lake Naivasha

You can explore the best of Lake Naivasha throughout the year with it pleasing climatic condition. Talking about the best time to visit Lake Naivasha, the months from June to October are considered as the best time to travel around, exploring the wildlife and the scenic beauty. These are the summer season with hot days but bearable situation for a safari.

The winters are even considered ideal for the tour of Lake Naivasha as the climate is cold and pleasing. However there may be a little rain but overall the temperature is ideal for an excursion to Lake Naivasha.

Things To Do In Lake Naivasha

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Boat safari at Lake Naivasha

Take a guided tour of boat safari at Lake Naivasha and explore the concentrated wild beast, the wildlife gazing beside the lake and the vibrant birdlife. From pelicans to cranes to coloured birds are on display.

Flamingos at Lake Elementaita

Home to vast flocks of brightly coloured birds, Lake Naivasha is the best spot to view the Flamingos. Plan a tour to Lake Elementaita that houses some of the vibrant species of Flamingos and other bird species

Safari with Animals

Enjoy the safari at Lake Naivasha with a visit to Crescent Island Sanctuary that houses some of the wildlife species of Kenya. With no predators dwelling around, the walking safari is an easy and excellent option to plan.

Hiking up at Longonot

The Mt. Longonot offers the hiking trail at Lake Naivasha adjacent to its magnificent volcanic land. A half day tour to the mount is recommended by most of the hikers during the trip to Lake Naivasha.

Ol Karia Geothermal Spa

Enjoy the dip in the hot water at Ol Kara that is known to be the largest geothermal spa in Africa. Formed with the volcanic activity, the spa is a man made pool offering the escape from the hustle bustle into the calm and tranquil environment.

Touring the Historical Site

The Kariandusi is the nearest attraction to Lake Naivasha exhibiting the history of mankind, known as the cradle of humanity. Explore the fossils of humankind, their civilization and ruins dig beneath the pits and the damaged walls.

Camping at Oloiden Campsite

The Oloiden Campsite is one of the best places at Lake Naivasha to enjoy a campsite for a night. Watching the birds, flocks of flamingos and wildlife like hippos at the other side of the lake make camping, the best thing to do at Lake Naivasha Oloiden.

Horse Back Safari

Touring the region of Mt Longonot over the horseback is something exciting and thrilling you can try at Lake Naivasha. The Sanctuary Farm offers the best place to experience the nature, wildlife and adventure as rock climbing.

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How to Reach Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is easily accesible via flight and road. Travelling to Lake Naivasha depends on which route you choose to travel from.

Via Air: The closest international airport is the Nairobi Airport or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport through which most visitors come to Lake Naivasha. Some of the airlines that operate here are Kenya Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Air Arabia, Lufthansa, KLM, South African Airways and many others.

Via Road: There are no direct busses that ply to Lake Naivasha. You will have get to the city center and hop on to the buses that run on daily basis to Lake Naivasha. The bus will take you on the high road, scenic routes which will finally drop you at your destination. 

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