Kenya (Nakuru County)
With a stretch of 13 kilometers across and 5 meters deep, Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake and one of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Within an hour’s drive north west of Nairobi, Lake Naivasha is a good place for excursions or weekend getaways. This lake draws a good number of wildlife to its shores, including the likes of giraffe, buffalo, and colobus monkeys. While on boat trip, you will be able to see hippos and during a hot time of the day they will be sleeping on the shallow ends. The name Naivasha derives from the local Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise.
A boat trip to Crescent Island is highly recommended when staying in this area. While on Crescent Island, enjoy a picnic, nature walks, and views of Mount Longonot and Hells Gate. The sunsets in Lake Naivasha are exceptionally beautiful, making it a good spot for photography as well.
The lake is home to a variety of types of wildlife including over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable population of hippos. The fish community in the lake has been highly variable over time, influenced by changes in climate, fishing effort and the introduction of invasive species. The most recent shift in the fish population followed the accidental introduction of common carp in 2001. Nine years later, in 2010, common carp accounted for over 90% of the mass of fish caught in the lake.
Between 1937 and 1950, the lake was used as a landing place for flying boats on the Imperial Airways passenger and mail route from Southampton in Britain to South Africa. It linked Kisumu and Nairobi. Joy Adamson, the author of Born Free, lived on the shores of the lake in the mid-1960s. On the shores of the lake is Oserian (“Djinn Palace”), which gained notoriety in the Happy Valley days between the two world wars. It now forms part of the Oserian flower farm. In 1999, the Lake Naivasha Riparian Association received the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award for its conservation efforts regarding the Lake Naivasha Ramsar site.
Location (0°46′6.70″S 36°21′2.32″E)
Lake Naivasha is at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft) in a complex geological combination of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits from a larger Pleistocene era lake. Apart from transient streams, the lake is fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers. There is no visible outlet, but since the lake water is relatively fresh it is assumed to have an underground outflow.
The lake has a surface area of 139 km², and is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 km², but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. It is situated at an altitude of 1,884 metres (6,180 ft). The lake has an average depth of 6 m (20 ft), with the deepest area being at Crescent Island, at a maximum depth of 30 m (100 ft). Njorowa Gorge used to form the lake’s outlet, but it is now high above the lake and forms the entrance to Hell’s Gate National Park. The town of Naivasha (formerly East Nakuru) lies on the north-east edge of the lake.
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Crayfish Camp Naivasha is a campsite in Naivasha located along Moi South Lake road, 18 km from Naivasha town. Set in a natural acacia woodland within one of the largest flower farms in Kenya. Accommodation comprises both rooms and camping. Crayfish is popular with both domestic and overseas tourists and offers a wide range of activities such as mountain biking, boating, horse riding, nature walks, indoor games and picnicking.
Kiboko Luxury Camp Naivasha is a Tented Camp located on the shores of Lake Naivasha and close to Hell’s Gate National Park. Kiboko Luxury Camp Naivasha is the first all inclusive luxury camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha with only 8 luxury tents. The camp offers unlimited soft beverages, wines, local beers, and tea/coffee with one guided nature walk during your stay with the resident guide/ornithologist and free high speed internet. Kiboko Luxury Camp Naivasha tents are approximately 60 square metres with en suite bathrooms within the sprawling ground of the Lake Naivasha.
Naivasha Kongoni Lodge is located in a private park overlooking Lake Oleidon and Lake Naivasha. It’s beautiful flora and fauna and rolling hills and plains provide a beautiful backdrop. Due to its strategic positioning; a natural migration route animals can be spotted peacefully grazing in the evening like the zebra, hartebeest, warthogs and abundant bird species at the Lakes.Located 27km from the turn-off to Moi South Lake Road is Naivasha Kongoni Lodge.
Lake Naivasha Resort is one of the oldest resorts in Naivasha. Initially it was a colonial farm house but later refurbished into a small family resort. It is along the famous Moi South lake road about 2 km off of Mai Mahiu road. The drive in to the hotel is a lush garden of flowers, grass and acacia trees that exudes a feeling of calm and connection to nature. It is set on the shores of Lake Naivasha and so one can take walks to the lake or enjoy a boat ride with occasional glimpse of hippos and several bird species.
Perfect for both active and leisure travelers, Lake Naivasha Country Club offers an abundance of activities to please all visitors to Nairobi, Kenya. From the top of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley you can see Lake Naivasha sparkling in the sun thousands of feet below. Lake Naivasha Country Club became famous in the 1930’s as a staging post for Imperial Airways’ flying boat service from Durban to London. The Old Colonial architecture is solid and comfortable with accommodation in rooms and cottage set in 12 hectares of green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees. The guest rooms are elegant and cool. The residents lounge has large bay windows. The bar is cosy and adjoins an immaculately equipped snooker room.
Enashipai Resort & Spa Naivasha – The casual elegance of the rooms invites you to kick off your shoes; lay back and feel the hustle of daily life slowly ebb away.