Lake Naivasha

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Lake Naivasha is among one of the famous lakes in Africa. It is a habitat of more than 1500 hippos and 400 different species of bird! Its well knew for photo session, video shooting and film-making.

The lake has a surface area of 139 km² and is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 square km, but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. Apart from transient streams, the lake is fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers. There is no visible outlet, but since the lake water is relatively fresh it is assumed to have an underground outflow.

The Lake is also famed for its hippo population, and there are more than 400 hippos. Lake Naivasha boat trips can be taken from many lakeside lodges and campsites, providing an ideal opportunity to see large pods of Hippo lying half submerged in the water. At night, they emerge to graze on the Lakeshore.


Hippos, giraffes, buffaloes and zebras are just a few of the animal species that thrive at the lake and its surrounding swamps and grasslands. Lake Naivasha is a birdwatchers dream come true. Some areas of Lake shore have recorded over 400 species The acacia forests teem with Hoopoe, Woodpeckers, Rollers, Shrikes, Hawks, cuckoos and much more. Boat riding, with surrounding scenery and plenty of channels to explore.

When to visit

All year round

How to arrive at Lake Naivasha

Drive approximately one hour from the capital city of Nairobi via the Nairobi- Nakuru Highway. Alternatively, charter flights are applicable to Naivasha air strip.

Activities at Lake Naivasha

There are various activities available in Naivasha including a visit to Crescent Island where you can walk among wild animals, a visit to Lake Elementaita, a visit to the geothermal Project in Hells Gate National Park, a visit to the Elsamere Conservation centre, boat rides on Lake Naivasha and climbing Mount Longonot.

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