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Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, the second largest in the area after Lake Baringo. The lake is 12 kilometres across, but its waters are shallow. Lake area varies greatly according to rainfall, almost doubling it size after the rainy season.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Naivasha completely dried up and effectively disappeared. The resulting open land was farmed, until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to return to existence, swallowing up the newly established estates.  Today, the lake and its surrounds are rich in natural bounty, and the fertile soils and water supply attracts many animals.

Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and having recently been declared a Ramsar site (a site or wetlands of international importance for migratory wildfowl), Naivasha is now known as a world class birding destination.  Species to be found here include the great white pelican and the fish eagle, who come to feed on the fish that are so abundant in the lake's fresh water, as well as kingfisher, grey-capped warbler and cormorants to name but a few.

The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops.  Meanwhile, the lake's large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.  Boat trips on the lake are widely available depending on the water level, and is a great way to explore the lake.

Sunsets are always stunning, with the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the Lake bringing the day to a perfect end....

Photos of Lake Naivasha

 
Boat safari on the hunt for hippos
(photo by rgrant_97)
Boat safari on the  hunt for hippos
 
Waterbuck in Lake Naivasha
(photo by Tristan27)
Waterbuck in Lake Naivasha
 
Pelicans looking for food
(photo by Tristan27)
Pelicans looking for food

Tours and Safaris to Lake Naivasha

Lake Nakuru & Lake Naivasha
days from $725 per person
Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara
days from $1,135 per person
Mount Kenya, Naivasha & Masai Mara
days from $1,469 per person
Mount Kenya, Naivasha & Masai Mara
days from $1,759 per person
Mount Kenya, Nakuru, Naivasha, Masai
days from $1,885 per person
Safari and Malindi Honeymoon
days from $3,039 per person
Safari and Diani Beach Honeymoon
days from $4,619 per person
Classic Kenyan Family Safari
days from $2,609 per person
Family Bush and Beach
days from $3,109 per person
Luxury Kenyan Honeymoon Retreat
days from $5,369 per person

Hotels in (or near to) Lake Naivasha

Chui Lodge
Lake Naivasha
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Elsamere
Lake Naivasha
Hippo Point
Lake Naivasha
Shompole
Shompole Conservancy

Wildlife you can see in Lake Naivasha

Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Banded Mongoose
Banded Mongoose
Bat-eared Fox
Bat-eared Fox
Black Heron
Black heron
Black-and-white Colobus Monkey
Black-and-White Colobus Monkey
Duiker
Duiker
African Fish Eagle
Fish Eagle
Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron
Grant's Gazelle
Grant's Gazelle
Great Egret
Great Egret
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican
Hartebeest
Hartebeest
Hippo
Hippo
Hyena
Hyena
Hyrax
Hyrax
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Impala
Jackal
Jackal
Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
Masked Lovebird
Lovebird
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
Masai Giraffe
Masai Giraffe
Oliva Baboon
Olive Baboon
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra
Porcupine
Porcupine
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-billed Firefinch
Reedbuck
Reedbuck
Rothschild's Giraffe
Rothschild's Giraffe
Rueppell's Vulture
Rueppell's Vulture
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
Serval
Serval Cats
Spoonbill
Spoonbill
Steenbok
Steenbok
Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
Verreaux's Eagle
Verreaux's Eagle
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
White-breasted Cormorant
White-breasted Cormorant
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