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Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a serene freshwater located at the highest elevation of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya at 1,884 metres. The lake is fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers with no visible outlet. It’s home to a wide range of wildlife including a large population of hippopotamus and a variety of bird species.

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Main Attractions

  1. Elsamere Conversation Centre
  2. Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
  3. Crescent Island
  4. Lake Oloiden
  5. Hells Gate

Elsamere Conservation Centre

Located at the shores of Lake Naivasha, Elsamere Conservation Centre features a wide array of wildlife and birdlife. Elsamere was formerly home to Joy and George Adamson who are committed to wildlife conservation. The conservation centre features a small museum where you can learn more about the lake ecology here.

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

This is a small private sanctuary situated around a volcanic crater lake surrounded by forests and plains with a variety of wildlife.  You can watch the birds or go for nature walks at the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary.

Crescent Island

This is a wildlife sanctuary that offers an opportunity to walk with animals and enjoy a boat safari. There are no predators in the island sanctuary; you will see animals like giraffes, zebras and wildebeest.

Lake Oloiden

Lake Oloiden is a volcanic crater lake popularly known for its impressive flock of flamingos. You can also take a boat ride on the lake.

Hells Gate

The nearby Hell’s Gate National Park is well worth a visit, to see its spectacular canyons, hot springs and wildlife, as is Born Free author Joy Adamson’s house.

More about Lake Naivasha

Popular Activities

  • Wildlife Safari: Lake Naivasha is a fabulous location to see a wide range of wildlife and birdlife in their natural habitat.
  • Biking: Take a bike through Hell’s Gate National Park and watch the warthogs, gazelle, and zebra.
  • Hiking: There are several hiking trails to explore near Naivasha such as Hells Gate, Crescent Island, and Ol Njorowa Gorge.

How to get there

Travelling to Lake Naivasha provides you with a range of options namely.

  1. You can choose to book a charter airline to the Loldia Airport (LOL)
  2. You can choose to book a flight to Nakuru Airport and drive from Nakuru to Lake Naivasha
  3. You can choose to book a flight to Nairobi Wilson or Nairobi International and drive from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha

Recommended accommodation

Loldia House is nestled under acacia trees on one of the country’s oldest farms, with breathtaking views since it is set on the shores of Lake Naivasha, It is ideally situated for day visits to nearby flamingo lakes of Elementaita, Bogoria and Nakuru, where there is also a rhino sanctuary.

Best time to visit

You can visit Naivasha at any time of year. However, the long dry season; from July to October can be the best time to visit Lake Naivasha.

  • High Season: From July to October
  • Low Season: Between April and May
  • Best Weather: From August to October
  • Worst Weather: From April through June – during the rainy season

Unique Experiences: You will explore the safari to Masai Mara to view the Great Wildebeest Migration

Throughout the year: You can find a variety of wildlife and birdlife around the lake.

Season Dependant

Wildebeest migration takes place from August to October. Although Maasai Mara is renowned for the migration of wildebeest, you will find herds of wildebeest moving on Crescent Island in Naivasha.


  1. Besides Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo is the only other freshwater lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley.
  2. The lake is inhabited by hippos while Zebra, Impala, African Buffalo, Giraffe and Hartebeest call it home from time to time, so think twice before you go for a swim!
  3. More than 400 species have been recorded in Lake Naivasha so bird waters will be in absolute paradise.

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