Lake Naivasha

Tour Lake Naivasha

Kenya
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Joao Martins ARC
Lake Naivasha
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Kenya

Nestled in the heart of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a serene freshwater lake that offers a refreshing contrast to the more arid landscapes often associated with East Africa. With the stunning backdrop of the Mau Escarpment, the lake spans an expansive area, serving as a vital oasis for an impressive array of wildlife.

A hallmark of Lake Naivasha is its prolific birdlife. The lake and its environs are home to over 400 bird species, making it a birdwatcher's paradise. Notable avian residents include the African fish eagle, with its haunting call echoing over the waters, and the colorful kingfisher diving for its prey. The lake's papyrus fringes and marshes also host the rare grey-headed gull and the striking pied kingfisher.

The lake's waters are dotted with floating islands of water hyacinth and populated by a robust community of hippos. These gentle giants can be seen wallowing in the shallow waters or grazing on the shoreline at dusk. Surrounding the lake, one might find zebras, giraffes, and antelopes roaming the grasslands, while the acacia woodlands shelter troops of baboons and colobus monkeys.

For those who crave a closer connection with the lake's tranquility, boat tours offer a chance to glide through its waters, observing hippos up close and appreciating the birdlife from a unique vantage point. Around the lake, Hell's Gate National Park beckons with its geothermal activity, stunning gorges, and opportunities for hiking and rock-climbing.

Lake Naivasha's charm lies in its serene beauty, rich ecosystems, and the sense of peace it imparts to its visitors. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a photographer, or someone seeking solace in the African wilderness, Lake Naivasha offers an experience that rejuvenates the spirit and enchants the senses.

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Geeky Facts about Lake Naivasha

Fact 1

Nai’posha is the original Maasai name for Naivasha, and means "rough waters".

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The lake has an elevation of 1,884 m.

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Its deepest point is 30m at Crescent Island.

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