Naivasha & Its Attractions

Naivasha & its Attractions

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

  • Lake Naivasha; Lake Naivasha, Kenya is a freshwater lake in Kenya, lying north west of Nairobi, outside the town of Naivasha. The lake is almost 13 Kilometers across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five metres.
  • Lake area varies greatly according to rainfall, with an average range between 114 and 991 sq km's. Lake Naivasha is approximately 90 Kilometers from Nairobi and 10 Kilometers from Naivasha town - District of Nakuru (Rift Valley Province).
  • Lake Naivasha is home to an incredible variety of bird species and there is a full effort to protect the wildlife although the lake suffered a lot in the past by tourism activities, flower industries and indigenous species (such as red swamp crayfish and the water hyacinth).
  • The impressive submerged rim of an emerged crater, thus forming the Crescent Island is the place to go. Hidden behind the volcanic scenery at the upper-part of the lake (Hippo pool), the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is well worth exploring and Joy Adamson's House (Elsamere) and the Country Club are also attractive and very charming sites.
  • There is a large choice of accommodation along the "Moi South Road" which gives easy access around the lake and few very nice view points. In the south, the Hell's Gate National Park worth also a one-day visit. Further south, near the road going to Nairobi, rise the huge Mt Longonot (2 776 metres).
  • The Mt Longonot National Park encloses a fairly young dormant volcano and there is possibility to climb it in less than one hour.

 
 Lake Naivasha Attractions & Highlights
* Water sport Activities
* Walk at Crescent Island
* Geothermal Power Station

* Unique Waterbird Viewing
* Upper Lake and Hippo Point
* Elsamere Conservation Centre

* Scenic landscape (Crater Lake and Volcanic Sceneries)

* Visit of Private Ranches and Farm in Hell's Gate corridor

* Possibility to go for Walk, Bike, Horse Riding and Hiking in Hell's Gate National Park
* Splendid 360 panoramic view on Volcanoes and Escarpment surrounding Lake Naivasha


  • Hells Gate National Park
    Is the only National Park in Kenya which visitors are free to leave their vehicle and walk in the Park. Hell's Gate National Park is an ideal family getaway for a day trip from Nairobi or stopover en-route to Lake Nakuru or the Masai Mara, located just beyond Lake Naivasha.
  • Hell's Gate National Park is famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds, visitors have the choice of driving, walking, camping, cycling and rock-climbing within the park. Horseback safaris can also be arranged. Hell's Gate National Park special locations to view include: Fischer's Tower, formerly a volcano's plug, the Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges.
  • Two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley's are worth a trip. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape. Game to view includes: buffalo, Masai Giraffe, eland, Coke's Hartebeest, lion, leopard and some cheetah.
  • A haven for ornithologists and rock climbers, the cliffs of Hell's Gate are breeding grounds for vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, augur buzzard and thousands of swifts; 103 species of bird have been recorded in the Park.
  • Hell's Gate National Park Tour departs Nairobi at 0700 Hours with packed lunch. The journey takes a drive down the Great Rift Valley stopping at the viewpoint for photography. You then continue on to get to Hell's Gate National Park to arrive at 0930 Hours.
  • Once at the Park, you have the option of a game drive in a Safari vehicle or take bikes into the Park. Cycling in the Park is a great adventure as you get to ride the bikes for 7 Kilometers before resting at a ranger's post.
  • After a brief stop at the rangers post you leave the bike and start a walking safari. Enjoy the spectacular views of the gorge. The walking trip or safari takes 3 hours.
  • The hot springs and a fabulous scenic landscape besides the diverse game are just incredible. Walk back to pick your bikes and return to the vehicle for the 90 kms journey back to Nairobi.

  • Crescent Island Game Conservancy
    A Game Rich Peninsula in Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley | Kenya - The Park Where You Walk With The Animals!
  • (Crescent Island Game Conservancy is located in Lake Naivasha about 80 Kilometers (50 miles) from Nairobi on the Moi South Lake Road. Crescent Island is an Animal and Bird Sanctuary on the Eastern Side of Lake Naivasha that is also home to Masai giraffe, zebra, dik diks, steenbok, impala and gazelles)
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    Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is a peninsula or island on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. Crescent Island was created in 1988, when Lake Naivasha level dropped sufficiently to allow Crescent Island to become part of the mainland. On the eastern end of the island sailing is possible at a private boating club. The terrain is flat, making it easy for walkers of all abilities to enjoy themselves.
  • There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily spot from the island.
  • Among the resident birds are fish eagles, ospreys, lily-trotters, black crakes and a variety of herons. Hippos also live in the lake. A number of mammals can be seen grazing in the surrounding lake environs, such as zebra, impala, buffalo, giraffe, Kongoni and, at night, hippos.
  • A short boat trip from the mainland out into Lake Naivasha gives you access to the unique Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary. There is also possibility to access it by road passing through the "Horse Riding Complex" A wide variety of wildlife, birdlife and flora lives quite freely out there and as there are no predators to be found, quite happily as well.
  • Spend some time wandering around at your own pace and enjoy the peace and quiet broken only by the sounds of the Islands wild inhabitants.
  • At only two hour's drive from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha Crescent Island is a great place to forget the Nairobi urban life and do some sport activities such as hiking, walking, biking and/ or game viewing and is a popular weekend retreat for the local communities.

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary Lake Naivasha, Kenya

  • (Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is located 10 kilometers from Naivasha town and about 90 km from Nairobi. This is a small private sanctuary centred around a volcanic crater lake with spectacular green water. The lake attracts many flamingo, and the surrounding forests and plains have plenty of game. This is a good place to explore on foot.)
  • Crater Lake Game Sanctuary Naivasha is a green soda lake at the bottom of an extinct volcano on the western side of Lake Naivasha and north of the village of Kongoni, with many trails including one for hikers along the steep but diminutive crater rim.
  • Crater Lake Game Sanctuary nature trails lead through the vegetation around the crater with plenty of wildlife including over 170 species of birds. Besides the impressive 170 bird species recorded here, giraffes, zebras and other plains wildlife are also regular residents. While walking, remember that buffaloes lurk in the woods.
  • Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is less than one hour drive from Naivasha, partly over a very dusty dirt road. Like Hell’s Gate National Park it is allowed to explore this Park on foot.
  • The tiny jade-green crater lake is held in high regard by the local Masai, who even believe its water helps soothe ailing cattle. The volcanic crater is also home to Colobus monkeys and flamingos.
  • Tucked away in a hidden corner of Kenya's Great Rift Valley is Crater Lake Camp. Crater Lake Camp offers a stirring encounter with wild Africa, just ninety minute's drive from downtown Nairobi.
  • This magical lakeside camp is the perfect stopover en- route to the Nakuru and the Masai Mara game parks, as well as a romantic getaway by itself!
  • Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is 10,000 acres and houses the famous hilltop grave where Happy Valley's tragic heroine, Lady Diana Delamere, is buried with her last two husbands, Gilbert Colvile and Thomas Delamere.
  • For the truly intrepid, there are the mysterious 'Caves of God' in the golden wheatfield's of Ndabibi, reputed to be an inspiration for H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quartermain.

Elsamere Lodge & Conservation Centre Hotel Naivasha
Formally the home of of Joy and George Adamson set in Acacia Forest on the Banks of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley

(Elsamere House is the former home of the late Joy Adamson who, together with her husband George, world famous for their pioneering conservation work and relationship with the lioness Elsa, as told in her best selling book and subsequent film, Born Free)

Elsamere Lodge, the original home of Joy Adams of Born Free fame sits in a great location, views across the lawns to Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Elsamere House is on the Moi South Lake Road, 22 Kilometers from its junction with the old Nairobi/ Nakuru road at Naivasha town. Naivasha is approximately 100 Kilometers from Nairobi. It is 60 miles from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport.

Elsamere house itself is traditional and while it may not be as modern as the alternatives it makes up for this in atmosphere and intimacy. Elsamere Lodge has only a handful of rooms and each has a real African feel.

Elsamere Lodge provides accommodation for 15-18 people in cottages set in the gardens around the main house. Adjoining it are the teaching rooms for schoolchildren to come and learn about conservation. Elsamere Lodge has its own jetty and boats.

Elsamere lodge or Camp is a haven for lovers of nature, set in Acacia forest on the banks of Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

It is the former home of the late Joy Adamson who, together with her husband George Adamson, became world famous for their pioneering conservation work and relationship with the lioness Elsa, as told in her best-selling book and subsequent film, ‘Born Free’ and she did much of her writing at Elsamere up until her murder in 1980.

Her relationship with Elsa the lioness who she raised from a young cub and later successfully released back into the wild.