Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake with sandy banks and fringed with papyrus. The lake is also surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, also known as the yellow fever tree. These forests are abundant with bird life, and Naivasha town is known as a world class birding destination. The waters of the lake attracts a wide range of game to the shores. Giraffes and waterbucks wander among the acacia and hotel grounds, Buffalo are common in the swamps and Colobus monkeys can be seen on the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population can be easily seen in the lake. Boat rides are ideal for viewing boat wild life and a ride can be taken to the nearby Crescent Island where nature walk among wildlife is conducted. Hells gate National park is also nearby.