Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake located just outside Naivasha town; it’s part of the Great Rift Valley Lakes that attracts millions of birds annually. Major attractions includes boat riding across the lake to watch bird, hippos, monkeys; playing golf, hiking at Hell's Gate, horse riding, fishing, cycling, camping among many other. Neighboring attractions includes visiting the extinct volcanic Mount Longonot, Mount Suswa and Hell’s gate national park. A great place for family and weekend getaways.

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Holiday activities at Lake Naivasha

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Thousands of pink flamingos on the shallow end of Lake Naivasha, bird watching is one of the major attraction at Lake Naivasha, with over 250 difference bird species visiting every year.


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Holiday Hotels and Safari Lodges at Lake Naivasha

About Lake Naivasha and Safari holidays

About Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake located along the Great Rift Valley, North West of Nairobi. The lake is at the highest point on the Kenyan rift, set on an altitude of 1,884 meters above the sea level, a surface area between 140 to 180 km² depending on the rainfall and an average depth of 6 m (the area around Crescent Island is the deepest with a maximum depth of about 30 meters).

The name Naivasha was derived from a Maasai name Nai'posha which was mispronounced by the British colonials to Naivasha; Nai’posha means "rough water" from the sudden storms on the lake. The Lake is fed from transient streams, the perennial Malewa and a few rivers from Gilgil. And although there are no visible outlets, because it’s a fresh water lake; it is believed to have an underground outflow through the volcanic fissure to the south.

Being a freshwater lake, the lake is home to a healthy number of fish populations that includes Tilapias, Black bass and Crayfish that attracts a few fish eating birds to the Lake. Much of the lake is surrounded by Acacia forest and swamps that attracts a few wild animals that include Giraffe that wanders across the acacia trees, Buffaloes, Columbus monkeys that are seen on the treetops, large hippos seen on the shallow ends of the lake and over 400 different bird species.

Activities

Lake Naivasha is a perfect place for both active and leisure travelers, the Lake is surrounded by top end lodges and resort that offer an abundance of holiday activities that include horse riding, cycling, camping, golfing, day picnics, team building, swimming, hiking and rock climbing, lake excursions, wildlife watching and nature walks.

Accommodation

Lake Naivasha has a wide range of accommodation, from the luxury top end safari lodges, the authentic and Eco friendly African Safari Camps, the private secluded Camps to the traditional Campsites.

Optional Attractions in Naivasha

  • Playing Golf
  • Hiking Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa
  • Nature walks, Rock climbing, cycling and Team building at Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Camping Safari
  • Tour the two Crater Lakes (Oloidien and Sonachi)
  • Wildlife watching at Crescent Island
  • Tour of the Flower farms
  • Visit the nearby Lake Elementaita
  • The Olkarria Geothermal electrical generating complex

Getting there

Lake Naivasha is along the Moi south lake road, off Mai Mahiu – Naivasha road; it’s a 1½ hours’ drive from Nairobi, 30 minutes from Naivasha town and 25 minutes via helicopters or chartered flight from Nairobi.

Family Safari Holiday

 Family Safari Holiday

Family Safari Holiday

This is an 8 days family safari holiday; that starts with a city tour to major attractions in Nairobi, then continue to Ol pejeta private conservancy to view the big five and other lesser animals; and then down to Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha to watch the white

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$ 2,500

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Camping at Lake Naivasha

Camping at Lake Naivasha

Camping at Lake Naivasha

This is a three days and two nights camping weekend at Lake Naivasha, the weekend include engaging in various camping activities, going on a Lake excursion, watching birds, visiting Hells gate national park to watch wildlife, nature walks and biking. An ideal package for nature and outdoor lovers.

Tour Cost From

$ 215

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Safari and Beach Holiday

Safari and Beach Holiday

Safari and Beach Holiday

This a 14 days safari and beach holiday, that starts in Nairobi and ends in Zanzibar;  the holiday begin with a Nairobi city excursion, then followed by a wildlife watching tour at Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli and Tsavo national park. After that, transfer to Mombasa for your

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$ 3,570

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12 Day Kenya - Tanzania Tour

12 Day Kenya - Tanzania Tour

12 Day Kenya - Tanzania Tour

This is a 12 days wildlife safari holiday, taking you through major wildlife national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. The trip starts in Arusha and heads down to Lake Manyara to watch wildlife, then proceed to Ngorongoro, Serengeti national reserve, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and ends up in

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$ 2,570

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Short Safari Holiday

Short Safari Holiday

Short Safari Holiday

This a five days safari holiday taking you through major attractions in Nairobi, then followed by a bird watching tour at Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha, before wind up at the famous Masai Mara. On this itinerary, you will have the opportunity to watch thousands of wildlife that

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$ 1,070

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Birds Watching Safari

Birds Watching Safari

Birds Watching Safari

This a 7 days pure Lake and Birds watching safari holiday in Kenya, that starts and ends in Nairobi; the tour begins by visiting Lake Naivasha to watch the lake and the beautiful birds, then proceed to Lake Nakuru, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria and wind up at Lake

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$ 1,570

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Golf, Beach & Safari Holiday

Golf, Beach & Safari Holiday

Golf, Beach & Safari Holiday

This a 9 days combined Golf, Safari and Beach holiday in Kenya, it includes playing golf in one of the finest golf courses in Kenya, watching thousands of wildlife and finally relaxing on the beach; enjoying various treats on offer.

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$ 1,170

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Hiking and Cycling Holiday

Hiking and Cycling Holiday

Hiking and Cycling Holiday

This a five days mountain climbing, biking, hiking and lake excursion holiday in Kenya; the sporting holiday starts in Nairobi, driving down to Lake Naivasha; cycling and hiking at Hells gate national park, mountain climbing at Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa, and Lake Naivasha excursion. This holiday itinerary

Tour Cost From

$ 770

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Overland Camping Safari

 Overland Camping Safari

Overland Camping Safari

This is a 12 days Camping Safari tour, giving you a glimpse of what Kenya is all about; from the large national parks and reserves full of wildlife, to the beautiful landscapes, the diverse cultures and its friendly people. There is so much to watch on an overland

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$ 915

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Day Trip to Lake Naivasha

Day Trip to Lake Naivasha

Day Trip to Lake Naivasha

This a day tour of Lake Naivasha. Driving from Nairobi through the beautiful escapements, down to Lake Naivasha Country Club; where you will spend the day on Lake excursion to watch birds, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, monkeys among other wildlife. its a great place for family weekend getaways, group

Tour Cost From

$ 170

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Naivasha Hotels

Whether it’s a Lake Naivasha tour, bird watching, photographing tour or mountains climbing you are after; Lake Naivasha has perfect accommodation for that. From the secluded safari lodges, golf resorts, like front hotels, tented camps and family villas. Check out some of our recommended hotels below or contact one of our holiday experts, to find you an accommodation that suits you.

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