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About Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake located northwest of Nairobi, it’s among the rift valley lakes. The lake covers an area of 139 square kilometers (54 sq mi), and is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 square kilometers (25 sq mi), but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. It is situated at an altitude of 1,884 meters (6,181 ft.), The lake has an average depth of 6 meters (20 ft.), with the deepest area being at Crescent Island, at a maximum depth of 30 meters. Joy Adamson, the author of Born Free, lived on the shores of the lake in the mid-1960s.


Wildlife at the Lake

There is a lot to spot at the lake during your visit. You can ride among giraffes and zebras, sip on a glass of Rift Valley red, look for hippos on the lake and relax in the garden at Elsamere, the former home of late Born Free Personality Joy Adamson. The lake has over 400 species of birds and fish population has been highly variable over time due to climate change and introduction of invasive species. Lake Naivasha can be visited throughout the year and visitors can also engage in extra activities like boat ride and visit to crescent island located in the lake.



Lake Naivasha has a proximity access from Nairobi, 103km drive which takes 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Lake Naivasha
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