Lake Naivasha: boating and hiking in 'out of Africa'

Published on 20 November 2021 at 19:03

Sunsets are always fantastic, with the call of the osprey high above the lake announcing the end of a perfect day.

The waters of the lake attract a wide variety of game. Giraffes roam the acacia, buffalo wallow in the swamps and colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the lake's largest hippo population spends the day sleeping in the shallows.

Boat trips on the lake are plentiful... a lovely way to spend the morning or afternoon.

The forests are full of birds.

Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the Acacia Xanthophlea (yellow trunk), better known as the yellow fever tree. These forests are full of birdlife which is why Naivasha is also known as a world class birding destination.

Lake Naivasha is almost 13 km in diameter, but the water is shallow with an average depth of five meters.

The size of the lake area varies enormously due to rainfall.

By the early 20th century, Naivasha had completely dried up and disappeared.

The resulting open land was cultivated, until a few years later heavy rains refilled the lake and swallowed the newly established farms. Today, a number of rose and vegetable growers have settled around the lake.

During a boat trip on the lake you will see a lot of water birds.

The osprey, pelicans and flamingos, but you will also see hippos and crocodiles. The lake served as an airport for Nairobi in the past.

In the period between 1937 and 1950, the 'flying boats' that flew between London and South Africa landed here.

Kenya's largest freshwater lake.

Many also consider Lake Naivasha the most beautiful lake in the Great Rift Valley, with its lush banks, enclosed lagoons, papyrus plants, and blue water lilies. For ornithologists, this freshwater lake is a true paradise. But there is more ...

Crescent Island: a peninsula in Lake Naivasha.

The island generally consists of dry savanna grasslands with acacia forests and surrounded by the lake. It was once a volcanic crater, but due to the formation of the lake, only the crescent shape remains. The walks on Crescent Island are unique and above all have a serene atmosphere where a large number of antelopes roam. Buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, eland, waterbuck and graceful giraffes. Bird watchers can enjoy a great diversity of birds around the lake.

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