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

Accommodation in Lake Naivasha

Camp Carnelley’s, Lake Naivasha

Camp Carnelley’s is a campsite and budget lodge located on the shores of the stunning Lake Naivasha in Kenya. It is a tranquil and picturesque camp, where monkeys swing from the trees and guests can enjoy scenic views of the lake. The camp is designed and built with the environment in mind, and the accommodation strives to be eco-friendly. It…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Lake Naivasha

Kenya and Tanzania Highlights Tour

On this camping safari tour, guests will be taken on a 12-day adventure that showcases the best of Kenya and Tanzania. Visit their most famous nature destinations, as well as the lesser-known safari gems. The tour begins in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. From here, guests head to the Great Rift Valley to visit the Mount Longonot Volcano, where they will enjoy…

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Duration: 12 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for


Key Species

Colobus Monkey

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

Cape Dwarf Gecko

Yellow-barked Acacia
Euphorbia Tree

Freshwater Lake
Papyrus Swamp
Acacia Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

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