An ancient freshwater lake that houses a variety of wildlife, Lake Naivasha is an ideal spot to relax and spend a few days. Mingle with the locals here and get to know more about Kenya’s culture while you’re here!
Listed below are the top adventurous activities that you can do at the lake:
- Boat safari
Lake Naivasha’s boat safari is a must-go! Boat rides are the most popular activity to do in Naivasha as no person visiting this place misses it. Get up close and personal with the hippos, crocodiles and other inhabitants of this beautiful freshwater lake. You will be accompanied by a professionally trained guide who will point out the different species of vibrantly colored wild birds. The boat trips are usually an hour-long. They could last a bit longer than that if your guide is chatty and knows a few more spots than others.
The boat ride here costs 3000 shillings per person and $30 per hour. The trips depart from Sanctuary farm, Fisherman’s Camp, Sopa Resort, and Camp Carnelly’s. If you have a tight budget, then walk straight to Karagita Beach and negotiate with anyone having a boat.
- Explore Hell’s Gate National Park
Intimidated by the name? Well, you should be as this park is as thrilling as it is beautiful! It is a unique combination of lush greenery, volcanic landscapes, and large mountain rocks. Get carried away with the towering stone cliffs and pillars, red earth, and a sparse animal population.
Rent out a cycle and hit the rocky and dusty road. In addition to that, you can also hike its huge canyons, climb its towering pillars, and more!
- Stroll with the animals at Crescent Island
Just a few steps away is Crescent Island Sanctuary; the serene, beautiful place provides you with a rare chance to stroll with the animals! Free from the predator species, the island is home to some of the most human-friendly and lovable animals. From zebras and giraffes to wildebeests and gazelles, this island is the perfect place for animal lovers who want to spend quality time with these grass grazers.
- Climb Mount Longonot
Mountain climbing is one of the most fun and adventurous things to do in East Africa. The adrenaline rush and the rewarding view at the top make for a thrilling experience. For all the adventure seekers out there, Mount Longonot is your holy grail and something that you won’t be able to resist! These dormant volcanic mountains offer a 5-hour extensive hike, which takes you through the habitat of antelopes, buffaloes, and even leopards!
- Olkaria Geothermal Spa
Olkaria Geothermal spa is something new for nature lovers! Being the largest geothermal spa of its kind in Africa, this place enjoys much attention from tourists. Located in Hell’s Gate, the lake is heated by volcanic activity. The opaque, bright blue man-made lake is extremely enticing and is a great place to relax and unwind. The water is even known to be therapeutic to chronic pain, which is another plus point!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Lake Naivasha and have a great time! Don’t forget to check out these 8 Things to Know Before You Visit Masai Mara while you’re still in Kenya.