This high-altitude, freshwater lake with its sterling blue waters hosts hippo and many other aquatic life. You can take a water safari and enjoy the rich birdlife of cormorant and pelican while zebra and antelope graze nearby on the shore.
The area is characterized by plentiful acacia trees and flower farms awash with roses and carnations.
The lake also serves as a life-giving watering hole for buffalo, eland, impala and waterbuck so be ready for lots of active game viewing. And it’s not impossible to come upon a leopard during a game drive.
The most famous personality of the area was Joy Adamson, naturalist and author of “Born Free”, who lived here on the lake’s shores. Her experiences raising the lion cub, Elsa, became an international best seller and award-winning movie.
From Lake Naivasha it’s an easy drive or you can even walk to other activities.
What better way to view and get up close to the wildlife than to be astride an animal yourself! In the Naivasha area at Sanctuary Farm you can take the most unique type of safari – a guided day tour on horseback.
The land here is heavy with acacia trees and you’ll traverse this rich forest coming upon giraffe, wildebeest, impala, zebra, gazelle, dik-dik and buffalo.
Your horse is familiar with this territory and the animals so it will let you ride up close to the wildlife. And since you are astride the horse, you are in a sense “camouflaged” – appearing to be as one with your ride. You can’t experience the wildlife any closer than this.
Whether you’re a novice or an advanced rider, your horseback safari will be tailored to your experience level. What an unforgettable way to enjoy the wildlife of Naivasha!
From Sanctuary Farm you can walk across a nearby causeway to this privately-owned game sanctuary. Crescent Island is a small gem of a park and not overly visited as some others are.
You can take an easy stroll and picnic alongside the rich birdlife and gently grazing wildlife. Or, enjoy a guided walking safari observing pelicans and cormorants along the shore.
You’ll also find buffalo, zebra, giraffe, impala, gazelle and many others. In fact, there are more animals per acre here than any other Kenyan Park.
The area is not fenced, so the animals are free to move between the sanctuary and the mainland as groups of buffalo are inclined to do.
For a perfect finish to your day, go to the top of the hill here with its 360o views including Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate Park. As the gold of sunset approaches washing over the grazing animals, you’ll treasure a perfect Africa moment.
Also, a quick jaunt away are the dramatic cliffs, canyons and unearthly steam vents of Hell’s Gate National Park. You’ll find many opportunities for hiking and even bicycling past the impala, eland, gazelle, baboon and buffalo inhabiting the park.
Great columns of steam billow up from the springs and geysers here, and you can take a dip in Africa’s largest natural mineral pool.
Very large predators are quite rare, so the park is safe and family friendly with its many guided trails. You’ll have opportunities to view the rare bearded vulture and Verreaux’s eagle up close.
And if climbing is your thing, the volcanic cones of Fisher’s and Central tower are fun and accessible climbs.
Finally, at Hell’s Gate Gorge view the rock formation that was the inspiration behind ‘Pride Rock’ from the movie, “The Lion King”.
True to its name, Crater Lake is a small but stunning jade-colored volcanic lake. From this center the sanctuary extends with many hiking trails including one along the crater rim.
There are easily over 20 scenic vistas along this impressive crater walk.
From this vantage point you can take in the 150 species of birds of the sanctuary and larger species like giraffe, zebra and elusive leopard and aardvark.
The park is adorned with small groves of acacia trees adding to the magical feeling here.
The lake conjures up an almost mystical respect amongst the local Maasai people who believe its waters help heal their ailing cattle.