Lake Naivasha National Park
Lake Naivasha National Park, whereby Naivasha means ‘rippling water’ in a local dialect. Lake Naivasha is the largest freshwater lake along the Kenyan section of the Rift Valley. Dominated by huge umbrella-like acacia trees that surround the terracotta waters of the lake. Most of Naivasha’s shores is taken up by huge farms growing cut flowers (mainly carnations and roses) for the international market.
There is plenty to do at the lake and it’s environs. Fishing is good and there are a number of water sports available, but the main attraction is the bird life, which is best observed on a boat trip on the lake. The nearby Hells Gate National Park is also good for bird watching, especially for large raptors such as Verreaux’s eagle, secretary birds, kori bustards and the rare lammergeyer or bearded vulture.
Lake Naivasha National Park is located about 1¼ hours drive from Nairobi over the stunning Rift Valley escarpment, a couple of nights during a holiday spent by the tranquil waters of Lake Naivasha provide an ideal introduction to Kenya or, alternatively, an excellent place to relax for a night or two at the end of a safari.
The region surrounding the Lake is well worth exploring. There are two more smaller lakes nearby, Oloidien, and Sonachi, a bright green crater lake.
Hell’s Gate National Park lies beside the lake. This Park was named for its pair of massive red tinged cliffs framing a geothermically active interior of steam vents and bubbling springs. The park is home to a profusion of plains game and bird-life. Walking is permitted, making it ideal for hiking, biking, and rock climbing.
Sunsets are come with the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the Lake bringing the day to a perfect end