A world away from the capital’s chocked arteries is the bird watchers paradise Lake Naivasha. The lake names from a Masai Nai’posha phrase meaning rough waters, symbolic to the rough storms experienced in the Lake.
It was part of the Lake Elementaita and LakeNakuru and it discarded down the East Rift Valley. It’s one of the two fresh water lakes out of the seven lakes in Kenya Eastern Rift Valley. The other lakes are alkaline which includes Lake Turkana, Lake Bogoria, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita, Lake Magadi and Lake Natron.
The Lake is listed under RAMSAR wetland Convention (Ramsar 1996) because the lake basin is an endorheic and it’s of critical importance. The lake levels have been fluctuating notably showing an overall decline over the past century.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK from Nairobi
The distance from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha is approximately 88 km(47 miles)driving on A104 road and can take 2 hours or 76km (55 miles) flying.
The scenery drive from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha takes you through the Great Rift valley and will include some minor and major towns of Westland, Limuru (off the road) Kimende, Kinungi, Naivasha town,
There are no daily flights from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha because of the short distance as most people prefer to drive because of the short distance.
LAKE NAIVASHA Weather
The lake annual rainfall is influenced by the local relief, with the catchment being the rain shadows of the Aberdare Mountains and Mau Escarpment. The average annual rainfall is 677 mm which occurs mostly in the months April, May, November and December.
The averageannual temperatures range from66°F (19°C) and the coldest is July at 62°F (17°C). October 22nd is the windiest day of the year and September 19th is the calmest day of the year with an average hour speed of 6.0 miles per hour.
Lake NakuruNational Park Location
Lake Naivasha is located in Nakuru County and it’s the highest elevated fresh water lake within the Eastern Rift Valley. The lake has underground seepage that’s why it’s fresh water despite its being feed by Malewawhich supply 90% of its waters and Gilgil Rivers.
The average depth of the lake is 6 meters and surface area of the lake is 64 square kilometer though that is determined by the seasonal rains.
It’s located few kilometers from Naivasha Town which started as a landing destination for flying boat of Imperial Airways passengers and now it’sknown as a tourist destination and an agriculture hub especially for horticultural farming of flowers.
The lake is located at 1890meters above sea level. The coordinates of the park are0.7754° S, 36.3715° E
Lake Naivasha Map
Lake Naivasha Hotel
Several accommodations are available within and around Lake Naivasha, They include, Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge and Sawela. Please contact us for booking.
Best Time to Visit Lake Naivasha.
Lake Naivasha is an all year round tourist destination though the dry months of January to march and May to November might seem much more favorable.
Lake Nakuru National Park Safari
Day trip excursions and overnight safaris to lake Naivasha can be customized which includes including Bird watching, Family safari, Photographic safaris, private safaris, group safari and honeymoon safari can be customized.
Pick up can be done from your Nairobi City Hotel or direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport depending on your arrival time.
The safari packages include accommodation at Lake Naivasha, game drives in land Cruisers, Game viewing in the park, meals, professional Guides.
- 2 Days/1 Nights Lake Naivasha
- 12 Days/11 Nights Photographic Safari
Lake Naivasha Animals
We do have wild animals around the lake and sometimes you can view them from your room balcony which includes waterbucks, zebras, Giraffes, Impalas, Buffalos, Warthogs, monkeys, Baboons, However game viewing can be done at Hells Gate National park where the following animals are found; Elands, Hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, Klipspringer, Reed bucks.
Lake Naivasha Birds
More than 400 different bird species have been recorded at Lake Naivasha, The common birds at Lake Naivasha includes; African fish Eagle, Egyptian Goose, Goliath Heron, cattle Egret, Great & long tail cormorant, Black smith plover, African Jacana.
Over 100 different species of birds have been recorded in Hells Gate National park and its environment. They include; African pied wagtail, Augur buzzard, Lilac breasted roller, Tropical boubou, superb starling, Fork-tailed drongo, Verreaux’s Eagles, winding cisticola etc.
Lake Naivasha activities
- Game Drive at Hells Gate National Park
- Bird Watching around the Lake
- Boat ride to Crescent Island
- Mount Longonot National Park Hiking
- Lake Oloidien
- Enashipai Maa Museum
Lake Naivasha Contact
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