All you need to know about Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake with sandy banks and fringed with papyrus in Kenya. 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. The waters of the lake attracts a wide range of game to the shores. Giraffes and waterbucks wander among the acacia. Buffalos are common. Colobus monkeys are seen on the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population can be easily seen in the lake. Boat rides are ideal for viewing wildlife. A ride can be taken to the nearby Crescent Island where nature walk among wildlife is conducted.
Hundreds of hippo emerge from Lake Naivasha every evening, grazing in the sunset as you gaze across the rippling water. Colobus monkeys occupy the trees while pelican flocks are illuminated by the moon. There’s always a charming vista here. The small private conservancies around the lake make an idyllic place to spend a night or two.
This isn’t where you find the big five, but their absence opens up new safari opportunities. Walking and boat safaris are the norm, while journeys on horseback are imbued by thrill. The nearby Hell’s Gate National Park is the perfect place for a mountain bike safari, and you’ll even encounter giraffe and buffalo on two wheels. Usually you explore for a couple of hours then return to the lodge and unwind.
Serene and surreal, these are the highlight of the experience, especially when you’re on long safari itinerary. So come to savour the tranquility and soak up the enchantment of wildlife scattered across your panorama on a kenya safari with us. Reach out to our Safari planner today.
Lake Naivasha wildlife and Birds
Hippos dominate and there are thousands in the lake, each pod with its own territory. They graze beneath the lakeside lodges, an enchanting sight while fine dining beneath the stars. Wildlife is scattered across the lake shore and often visible from the main road. The likes of zebra, giraffe, buffalo, and gazelle all feed without the threat of predators. Velvet and Columbus monkeys are equally plentiful. The forest surrounding the lake is abundant with bird life, and Naivasha is indeed known as a world class birding destination. From boat trips on the lake you can get close to Cormorants drying their wings, Pink Backed Pelicans, Herons, colorful Kingfishers and Fish Eagles. Other birds seen around the lake include the Goliath Heron, Jacana and Great White Egret.
Things to do at Lake Naivasha
Below are some of the best things to do while at Lake Naivasha in Kenya
Go on a Horse Back Safari
Ol Karia Geothermal Spa
Hiking up Mt. Longonot
Safari with Animals
View Flamingos at Lake Elementaita
Experience Boat safari at Lake Naivasha
Places to visit in Lake Naivasha
Hell’s Gate National Park
Best time to visit Lake Naivasha
You can explore the best of Lake Naivasha throughout the year with it pleasing climatic condition. Talking about the best time to visit Lake Naivasha, the months from June to October are the best time to travel around, exploring the wildlife and the scenic beauty. These are the summer season with hot days but bearable situation for a safari.
The winters are even considered ideal for the tour of Lake Naivasha as the climate is cold and pleasing. However there may be a little rain but overall the temperature is ideal for an excursion.
How to get to Lake Naivasha by road and air
The Lake is easily accesible via flight and road. Travelling to Lake Naivasha depends on which route you choose to travel from.
Nairobi Airport and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are the closest airports through which most visitors come to Lake Naivasha. Some of the airlines that operate here are Kenya Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Air Arabia, Lufthansa, KLM, South African Airways and many others.
There are no direct busses that ply to Lake Naivasha. You will have get to the city center and hop on to the buses that run on daily basis to Lake Naivasha.