Located Just 100 kilometers away from Nairobi at the floor of the Great rift Valley altitude of 1885 MASL is a tourist attraction town known as Naivasha, Naivasha is also part of the Nakuru County which is one of the best county in Kenya to Visit for keeping host to amazing Tourist attractions and sites.
Naivasha is Maasai word expression “enaaiposha”, still used by Maasai elders, meaning “receding waters” and referring to the frequent changes in lake levels that characterize the basin’s hydrology.
Below are the top 5 things or attractions to Do in Naivasha.
Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake located at the floor of the great rift valley, it has an area of 140KM2 Lake Naivasha is also home to 7 different types of fish that include Tilapia, Catfish and Mudfish.
The lake is full of amazing sites and sceneries to behold, this includes over 300 bird species including the migrants, schools of Hippos and lots herbivores that feeds on the edges of the lake they include Zebras, Waterbucks, Giraffes and many more. Its best accessed through Moi South lake Road with numerous entrances at the Hotels or at the public Beach entry.
- Boat riding this cost Between Ksh 3000 and Ksh 4000
- Camping: There are numerous campsites all round the lake from as low as Ksh 500.
- Birdwatching and animal viewing
- Recreational activities like Team building and weddings
Entrance to the lake is free of Charge.
Crescent Island is one of the best hidden gems we have in Naivasha, the Island is privately owned and managed, and famous for the shooting of the movie Out of Africa where some of the scenes were done and majority of the animals were introduced then. The Island doesn’t have predators this means all herbivores in the island graze freely, The feeling of being in crescent is the same one of a herder grazing cows or goats, here you will get close few meters to almost every animal in the sanctuary.
Some of the amazing animals in the sanctuary are Giraffes, waterbucks, impalas, Gazelles, Bat eared foxes, Pumbas/ warthogs and many More.
The best of the highlights is getting close to the gentle giraffes browsing few
meters from you.
Amazing views of the lake and surrounding hills of Mt Longonot and Eburru hills as well as the escarpment.
The island can only be accessed by boat from many boat operators along the lake or the hotels.
The entrance fee is currently at
USD 30- Non residents
KSH 1000- Kenyan Resident
Ksh 800 – Kenyan Citizen
Hellsgate National Park
Hells gate is probably the most famous once Naivasha is mentioned anywhere. Hells gate is one of the amazing spectacles in the rift valley. This is the only park in Kenya you allowed to Game drive, Cycle or even walk with beautiful scenes of wild animals The spectacles involves towering cliffs, rocky auto crops, scrub clad volcanoes, water springs , Hells gate Gorge, hot water springs, and an amazing highlights of wild animals grazing everywhere giving an ambience of wild feeling some of the animals are Elands, Buffaloes, Thomson Gazelles, Giraffes, rock hyraxes, warthogs, Grant Gazelles, Zebras, Impalas and many more. The white smoke fumes plunging from the geothermal power plants is also a must see attraction.
Hells gate is also home to amazing Birdlife and you will occasionally find secretary birds and vultures as well as the beautiful Bee eaters creating beautiful scenes in the sky.
Another famous activity in Hells gate is Gorge walk that gives you a “canyon walk” kind of experience. It’s currently closed after an accident.
Another highlight is The Geothermal hot spa owned by Kengen is a bouquet of adventure for unwinding in the soothing hot water spa pool.
- Rock climbing at the fischers tower or wall climbing
- Gorge walking
- Swimming at the Geothermal Hot spa
- Game Drives