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Unmasking Lake Naivasha, Kenya


Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, outside Naivasha town in Nakuru County, and is part of the Great Rift Valley, another must-visit spot in the country.

A view of Lake Naivasha – See Africa Today

The name was derived from the local Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning ‘rough water’ because of the sudden storms which can arise.

Lake Naivasha covers approximately 140 square kilometres with an average depth of five metres and it has an island, Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, at the middle which is habituated by wildlife; giraffes, buffalos, Colobus monkeys, gazelles and the rare bongo.

Some of the wildlife crazing at Crescent Island Game Sanctuary – See Africa Today

Fishing and tourism are the major activities that happen around the lake community. Fish cost ranges from $1 to $5 depending on size while tourism activities include; boat riding, bird watching, camping, game viewing and walking (or bike riding)

Some tourists enjoying a boat ride – See Africa Today

The lake is home to a variety of types of wildlife including over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable population of hippos and it is surrounded by Acacia trees commonly known as the ‘yellow fever trees.’

Some of the hippos in Lake Naivasha – See Africa Today
Bird watching is part of the ‘must do list’ – See Africa Today

There are several affordable hotels around the lake that give a perfect view of the wildlife and its beauty with as low as $19 per night.

Due to the change in weather lake has been increasing its water volumes each year which has been swallowing up the newly established estates.

Some of the ‘swallowed’ trees due to water rise in the lake – See Africa Today

Lake Naivasha is worth exploring any time of the year.

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