Lake Naivasha & Hell Gate National Park

The Great Rift Valley Kenya

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters.

Lake area varies greatly according to rainfall, with an average range between 114 and 991 sq. kms. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Naivasha completely dried up and effectively disappeared. The resulting open land was farmed, until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to return to existence, swallowing up the newly established estates.

Afternoon wind and storms can cause the Lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. For this reason, the local Maasai christened the lake Nai’posha meaning ‘rough water’.


The lake and its surroundings are rich in natural bounty, and the fertile soils and water supply have made this one of Kenya’s prime agricultural regions. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree.


These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.

The region surrounding the Lake is well worth exploring. There are two smaller lakes nearby, Oloidien, and Sonachi, a bright green crater lake.







6 Safari  activities and things to do near Lake Naivasha!

There are more than enough activities and cool things to do in the surroundings of Lake Naivasha. Below you will find an overview!

  1. Thé number one activity at Lake Naivasha: take a boat trip on the lake!
  2. Fun thing to do in Hell’s Gate National Park: a safari on a bicycle or a hike!
  3. Climbing a volcano: Mount Longonot
  4. Walk among the wildlife on Crescent Island in Lake Naivasha
  5. Admire the beautiful wildlife in the crater Crater Lake Game Sanctuary volcano
  6. A multi-day thing to do near Lake Naivasha: Climbing Mount Suswa / Susua

Photo Of lake Naivasha & Surrounding Areas

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