Top Things to do In and Around Lake Naivasha

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Lake Naivasha is a popular tourist destination owing to its serene atmosphere, budget-friendly accommodation options and interesting activities that you can do here! The Lake now forms a part of many Kenyan safari itineraries.

Here are the top things to do in and around Lake Naivasha:

  1. Go on a cycling safari in Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park is known for its cycling safaris! You can rent bicycles from outside the park. The bicycles aren’t usually in good shape, though. The trail isn’t that long either (about 16 km total if you don’t take detours) so you don’t need to worry about being on the cycle for too long.

Explore the Park and observe animals like zebras, gazelles and warthogs.

You can also go rock climbing here!

  1. Crescent Island

Crescent Island is a great place to get up and close with harmless animals. The animals are used to human presence so they won’t try to hurt you. A few of the species you can find here include impalas, zebras, waterbucks and gazelles.

There aren’t any predators here (except the occasional snakes) so you don’t need to worry about the possibility of animals devouring you.


  1. Explore Karlandusi, a magnificent Stone Age site

Karlandusi is a Stone Age site that was supposedly involved in making stone tools! There’s also a museum here that you can explore to learn more about the history of the place. Explore the museim and the site to check out valuable ancient items.


  1. Lake Naivasha Cruise

Hop on a boat and enjoy cruising in Lake Naivasha while watching birds. You can also get the chance to watch hippos enjoying their time in the water! It’s a fun and relaxing activity to do with your family.


  1. Have amazing food at Lazybones Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy the delicious Lake Tipalia here as you sit by the lakefront and enjoy the views, before hopping on a boat to take a cruise ride on the lake.

The restaurant also offers delicious smoothies and cocktails too.


  1. Climb Mt. Longonot

Mt. Longonot is a beautiful crater mountain that contains a stunning crater peak.

A hike on Mt. Longonot offers scenic views and beautiful landscapes. Unlike other places, this hike isn’t wildlife-focused, although you could spot some buffaloes and leopards on your way. Instead, it’s the views on your way and on the top that make the hike worthwhile.


  1. Go birdwatching at Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita is a great place to spot lesser and greater flamingoes. There are many other birds here as well that provide an amazing birdwatching experience.


So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Lake Naivasha and embark on these wonderful activities. Don’t forget to check out 8 Things to Know Before you Visit the Masaai Mara if you plan on checking out Kenya’s gem!


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