Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 3
Mammals: 7
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 1
Trees: 6

Lookout for

Hippo
Buffalo
Giraffe
Zebra
Waterbuck
Eland

Lake Naivasha is a stunning freshwater lake located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. The word “Naivasha” comes from the Maasai word “Nai’posha”, which means “rough water”- this refers to the sudden storms which sometimes occur in the region. The lake is an international RAMSAR site, and has a surface area of 139 square kilometres. It is surrounded by swamps, and forests of the Acacia Xanthoplea, a yellow-barked tree which is also known as the fever tree. The forests are home to an abundance of wildlife species, including over 400 species of birds- Lake Naivasha is renowned as a world-class birding destination. The lake also has a significant hippo population, while the surrounds are known to house leopards, buffalo, giraffe, monkeys and antelopes. Flower farms are prominent in the areas around the lake, and fishermen can also often be seen on the surface.

Why we like it

International RAMSAR site, Superb birdlife, Stunning Acacia woodland surrounds

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 145km2
Reserve Type: Freshwater Lake Ecosystem
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Hippo
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Naivasha

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Camp Carnelley's, Lake Naivasha Self-catering, Camping

Key Species

MAMMALS
Hippo
Giraffe
Buffalo
Leopard
Colobus Monkey
Antelope


BRIDS
Marabou Stork
African Fish Eagle
Basra Reed Warbler
Red-knobbed Coot
African Spoonbill


REPTILES
Cape Dwarf Gecko


TREES
Yellow-barked Acacia
Euphorbia Tree


HABITAT TYPES
Freshwater Lake
Papyrus Swamp
Acacia Woodland