Lake Naivasha National Park

This is a beautiful freshwater lake in Lake Naivasha National Park, surrounded by thick papyrus. It is located about 80 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, just outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County.

The lake derives its name from the local Maasai Nai’posha, meaning “rough water”, an appropriate name as storms and strong winds transform the gentle ripple to rough waves in an instant. The lake is situated in a park with broad ecological diversity and picturesque vegetation

The lake is approximately 13 kilometers across, with an average depth of five meters. Its area varies according to the rainfall, ranging between less than 150 to almost 1,000 square kilometers.

In fact, during the early years of the 20th century, the lake dried out completely but fortunately, heavy rains rescued the dried out lake bed and gave it a second lease on life

The lake draws a wide range of wildlife to her shores, including hippos, different species of birds, giraffes, buffalos, wildebeests, waterbucks, zebra, gazelle, and other herbivores, making the guided boat cruise out onto the lake most popular activity to spot the animals

Other activities around the lake include a visit to the crescent island sanctuary. The island sanctuary isn’t home to any predators so visitors safely tour around on foot with the tour guide

Adjacent to the lake is Hell’s Gate National Park its name is inspired by the red earth, towering stone pillars and cliffs, and sparse animal population.

In fact, its name notwithstanding the Lake Naivasha National Park is one of the most gorgeous sites in all of Kenya. Visitors can cycle on the dusty roads, hike the scenic canyons and visit Ikaria geothermal spa to take a dip in the man-made pools.

Lake Naivasha National Park

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