While a classic safari is spent mostly in the car, Lake Naivasha and its surrounding area invites you to stretch your legs and get active.
By boat you will explore one of the few freshwater lakes in the East African Great Rift Valley. Grab your binoculars and search for African fish eagles, pelicans and cormorants. Hippos can also be seen dozing off along the riverbank.
If you would like to spend a bit more time at the lake, a trip to Crescent Island, a small private nature reserve, is definitely worth a visit. Here you have the option to admire the animal kingdom up close on a walking safari. Look out for zebras, wildebeest, impalas and giraffes walking along the shimmering water. A unique experience indeed.
Those who would like to stretch their legs a bit after a long car ride, can explore Hell’s Gate National Park by foot or on a mountain bike. Travel through deep ravines and on top of huge cliffs and enjoy the great view of the spectacular Great Rift Valley landscape.
Lake Naivasha’s proximity to Nairobi makes this a good day trip destination, but can also easily be added to a safari to Masai Mara or Lake Nakuru National Park. The lakeshore is always green, offering a nice change in scenery to the dry savannahs. Along the shore, you will find many grazing hoofed animals such as zebras, small gazelles and giraffes.
Lake Naivasha is the ideal stopover on long journeys from one park to the next.
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Lake Naivasha is famous for its high populations of hippos and flamingos. There are over 1,500 hippos in the area, and you are almost guaranteed to see one. The lake is a birder’s paradise as it is home to over 400 bird species.
We did a one hour boat tour of Lake Naivasha after visiting Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara Reserve. We saw a lot of wildlife on the water to include hippos, giraffes, storks and eagles catching fish out of the lake. It was definitely worth the visit.
Thousands of bright pink colored flamingos are spread across the lake like a carpet and due to their proximity to each other, the bright pink create an awe-inspiring spectacle on the water. Both the lesser and greater flamingos can be seen here.
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