Lake Naivasha National Park
Lake Naivasha, which comes from the Maasai name Nai’posha meaning “rough water,” is located in the highest part of the Rift Valley province of Kenya. This area of importance is listed by Kenya as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, and is ranked as the 48th Important Bird Area in Kenya.
Characterized by the many hippos that permeate the freshwater lake, Lake Naivasha has several rivers that flow into it, including Melava, Gilgil and Karati.
Over 400 species of birds call the lake home, and there are strong efforts to protect this wildlife. You’ll catch a glimpse of the giraffes meandering the area, as well as several other wildlife species, including olive baboons, vervet monkeys, buffalos, impalas, and gazelles.
Many like to go sailing in the lake due to the inland winds that send dust devils through the waters. Interesting fact: some of East Africa’s first air-passengers used to land in the flying boats of Imperial Airways on the lake.
For those adventurous rock climbers, there is the nearby Fischer’s Tower, a volcanic rock column named after Gustav Fischer, a naturalist. There is also the Olkaria Geothermal Hot Spa, a hot springs spa in nearby Hell’s Gate National Park for those seeking a relaxing outdoors experience.
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