A world away from Kenya’s capital’s chocked arteries is the bird watchers paradise Lake Naivasha. The lake names come from a Masai Nai’posha phrase meaning rough waters, symbolic to the rough storms experienced at the Lake. The Lake is listed under RAMSAR wetland Convention (Ramsar 1996), as the lake basin is endorheic and it’s of critical importance. The lake levels have been fluctuating notably showing an overall decline over the past century.
It was part of the Lake Elementaita and Lake Nakuru and it is discarded down the East Rift Valley. It’s one of the two freshwater lakes out of the seven lakes within Kenya Eastern Rift Valley. The other lakes are alkaline which includes Lake Turkana, Lake Bogoria, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita, Lake Magadi and Lake Natron.
Lake Naivasha 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 and then finally Naivasha Town.
There are no daily flights from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha because of the short distance as most people prefer to drive through flight charter services can be organized.
Lake Naivasha Weather
The lake annual rainfall is influenced by the local relief weather pattern which is influenced by 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 average annual temperatures range from 66°F (19°C) and the coldest month 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 Naivasha Location
Lake Naivasha is located in Nakuru County and it’s the highest elevated at (1884 m) above sea level and one of the two freshwater lakes within the Eastern Rift Valley. The lake has underground seepage that’s why it has fresh water. Water source to the lake comes from river Malewa which supply 90% of its waters and Gilgil Rivers. The lake surface area is 64 square kilometer and an average depth of six meters though that is determined by the seasonal rains.
The lake is located few kilometers from Naivasha Town which started as a landing destination for flying boat of Imperial Airways passengers and now it’s known as a tourist destination and an agriculture hub especially for horticultural farming of flowers. The lake is 1890meters above sea level and its location coordinatesare0.7754° S, 36.3715° E
Lake Naivasha Hotel
Several accommodations are available within and around Lake Naivasha, They include, Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge and Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge. Please contact us for booking.
Best Time to Visit Lake Naivasha.
Lake Naivasha is an all year round tourist destination through the dry months of January to March and May to November might seem much more favorable.
Lake Naivasha 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 etc.
Pick up can be done from your Nairobi city hotel or direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport depending on your arrival time. Safari packages include; accommodation at Lake Naivasha, game drives in land cruisers or private minivans, game viewing, professional guides etc.
Lake Naivasha Animals
We do have wild animals around the lake which can be viewed from your room balcony includes; waterbucks, zebras, giraffes, impalas, buffalos, warthogs, monkeys, baboons etc. The best game viewing can be done at Hells Gate National park where the following animals can be spotted; elands, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, klipspringer, reedbucks etc.
Lake Naivasha Birds
More than 400 different bird species have been recorded in and around Lake Naivasha. Common birds at Lake Naivasha include; African fish Eagle, Egyptian Goose, Goliath Heron, Cattle egret, Great & Longtail cormorant, Blacksmith plover, African jacana etc.
Over 100 different species of birds have been recorded in and around Hells Gate National Park and includes; African pied wagtail, Augur Buzzard, Lilac-breasted roller, Tropical boubou, superb starling, Fork-tailed drongo, Verreaux’s eagles, Winding cisticola etc.
Activities at Lake Naivasha
- 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