Lake Naivasha National Park
– In the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley 90kms drive from Nairobi
– Great Rift Valley Lodge, Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge, Enashipai Resort and Spa
– Most commonly by road approx. 1.5 hours’ drive from Nairobi
– Boat Trips, Hells Gate National Park, Crescent Island
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in the Kenya section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley; the highest of the Rift Valley lakes, Naivasha’s blue waters reflect off sun-drenched mountains. Naivasha (meaning ‘rough water’) is home to an incredible variety of bird species and there is a full effort to protect the wildlife. It is the second largest freshwater lake in Kenya. The swirling inland winds make for ideal sailing on the lake which is set at the foot of Mt Longonot (2776m), on the north side. In addition the lake has become a vital source of water and a driving force for many of the region’s economic activities that include farming, horticulture, geothermal power generation, fishing and tourism. The fishing is good for black bass and tilapia. Because the outlet for this ancient lake, now called Njorwa Gorge, is today much higher than the lake, the original Lake Naivasha must have indeed been a truly vast expanse of water. The gorge now forms the entrance to the Hell’s Gate National Park which, for obvious reasons, today contains some spectacular examples of water and weather-worn rock formations as well as an abundance of flora and fauna to include some extremely rare, resident breeding pairs of Lammergeyers, otherwise known as Bearded vultures. Lake Naivasha is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizeable population of hippos.