The 13-km-long Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake bordered by thick papyrus and vast green landscape. Its natural beauty and fertile soil bring in lots of tourists every year. If you are searching for a calm and serene travel destination, this Kenyan natural beauty would be it.
Tourists Boating at Lake Naivasha, Image Source: MagicalKenya.Com
How to Get There
If you are up for a long soothing ride from Nairobi to the freshwater lake, then you should definitely opt for a road trip. The 1-1.5 hours road trip offers scenic landscapes to enjoy.
Hop on to the barely 15 mins flight from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha. The flights are scheduled daily at 3 pm, charging $116 one-way. Private airstrips are also operational near the Lake.
When to Visit
To witness wildlife at its finest, plan your trip during the long, cool-dry season from July to October. The dry weather provides great trails that you can easily walk or hike on.
Where to Stay
There are a total of 115 hotels at Lake Naivasha, but some of the best include Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Loldia House, and Elsamere Lodge. The staff at these hotels is very friendly, and they’re bound to make you feel at home.
Elsamere Lodge, Image Source: TimbuktuTravel.Com
Main Attractions and Activities
The Crescent Island has the highest density of animals in any Kenyan park, so spotting a wild animal here is guaranteed. The animals here are used to humans being around, so you can walk around with giraffes and zebras while watching stunning bird species. This private park is completely safe to walk as no big predators are found here. Just beware of pythons and maintain a safe distance from the buffaloes. Then, you're good to go!
Arial View Crescent Island, Image Source: LakeNakuruKenya.Com
Ranch House Bistro
If you are in search of good food at the freshwater lake, the Ranch House Bistro is your optimal choice. The well-prepared food by the expert chefs will leave your taste buds satisfied. They offer a variety of clay oven pizzas on their menu and have a superb collection of desserts that will make you want more. Choose this restaurant to have a hearty and scrumptious meal and allow yourself to relax in the cool breezy lawns.
Lake Naivasha Cruise
The most demanding thing to do at Lake Naivasha is to witness the hippos up close and personal in their natural habitat. The cruise trips are hour-long, accompanied by a guide who will take you to spots where you can clearly spot vibrant birds. The guide will also maintain a safe distance from the hippos, which can lash out as they are irritated easily.
Flamingos at Lake Naivasha, Image Source: Medium.Com
Hells Gate National Park
One of the most popular travel destinations in Lake Naivasha National Park offers its visitors an exciting experience on foot. You can also cycle in the park. Gazelles, hartebeests, zebras, and other hooved animals are common here. Enjoy your time by camping in the greenery under the stars and reconnecting with nature.
Hells Gate National Park, Image Source: MagicalKenya.Com
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Kenya and have a great time! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out these 5 useful hacks to help deal with the heat on a Kenyan safari.