Lake Naivasha was once Kenya’s international airport. Flying boats from Europe used to land on the water. Lake Naivasha is also the highest and purest of the Great Rift Valley’s lakes.
Lake Naivasha is located around 12km from Naivasha town via Moi South Lake Road and just 53miles from Nairobi. The Lake has become a popular getaway spot for quick trips from Nairobi and the neighboring towns as well. Just beyond its shores are papyrus swamps, acacia woodlands, forests and unique geologic features that are remnants of the area’s volcanic past.
Today, the lake shores are surrounded by flower farms, old colonial houses and small villages of clay and thatch houses. The best way to experience the lake is to go on a boat ride. A big portion of the lake is surrounded by the forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea also known as the yellow fever tree.
These forests are therefore a habitat for a large variety of bird life, black & white colobus monkey, making Naivasha one of the best birding destination in Kenya. One can see pelicans, cormorants, cranes, marabou storks, geese and a lot of other bird varieties in large numbers.
It is also one of the primary drinking holes for buffalos, zebras, elands, impalas, waterbucks and other grazers, as well as a favorite place for hippos to cool themselves during the day. Even though the guides suggest the good time to visit is Month of May-June-July, you can visit this lake anytime as it is ideally perfect for some relaxation at the start or end of your holiday. You can easily combine your trip to the easily accessible Park nearby; Hells gate National park popular for hiking in its spectacular scenery.