Lake Naivasha covers an area of 139 sq km (54 sq miles)
Lake Naivasha - Description
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, lying north west of Nairobi, outside the town of Naivasha. It is part of the Great Rift Valley.
The name Naivasha is synonymous with Kenya’s early settler community - and in particular with the decadent lifestyles of the notorious ‘Happy Valley crowd’. It is an undeserved reputation, for although a few lives were led to excess here during the 1930's and 40's,.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya Bird watching and Wildlife Safari Destination
Lake Naivasha - History
Naivasha was primarily a place of wheat farming, cattle breeding and hard work. Today, much of the old grazing ground has given way to more lucrative horticulture, but Naivasha remains a pearl for the visitor: a beautiful crystal clear lake, 6,000 feet above sea level, ringed by some of the country’s most charming and luxurious holiday retreats.
Lake Naivasha Wildlife and Game Viewing
The lake itself is home to hundreds of hippo, and plains game and cats still roam the game sanctuaries run by several of the lodges and farms. The lake also boasts one of the greatest diversities of birdlife in the world, with more than 400 species recorded to date.
Bird watching - birding safaris in Lake Naivasha
The Lake Naivasha area has a bird list of over 350 species, being a freshwater lake, Naivasha has a healthy fish population which attracts a variety of fish-eaters. Both Long-tailed and Great Cormorants can be seen, along with Fish Eagles and Pied Kingfishers, black herons, Lovebirds, etc.
Bird watching Kenya Safaris - Lake Naivasha
Accommodation in and Around Lake Naivasha