Extending like a vast, tranquil ocean, Lake Naivasha offers a refreshing respite from the bustling city scenes of Nairobi. Just a short drive from Kenya’s capital, the Great Rift Valley’s highest lake (1,884 metres above sea level) is an oasis of lush landscapes. Beyond the grassy banks are swamps, woodlands, flower farms and remnants of ancient volcanic activity. But it’s not just the spectacular scenery that draws both tourists and locals to this spot time and time again. The lake is also known for its fantastic array of wildlife. Giraffes and zebras graze in the grasslands, hippos cool off in the waters and aquatic birds strut along the shores. If you’re looking to shed your city skin and spend some quality time with nature, Lake Naivasha ticks all the right boxes.
When you’ve explored the lake, there’s no time to rest as plenty more adventures await around the corner. South of the lake lies Hell's Gate National Park, the entrance of which is made from a crack in the cliffs that was once a tributary. What the park lacks in size (by Africa’s standards at least), it more than makes up for with its diverse landscapes of cliffs, forests and canyons. Another nearby attraction that has proved a big hit with thrill-seekers is Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its abundance of wild animals. Though the park’s famous flocks of flamingos have reduced due to rising water levels, there’s still the chance to see these vibrant pink birds as well as rhinos, hippos, leopards, lions and giraffes.
Thanks to the close proximity of this trio of lakes and national parks, it’s possible to tick them all off in just a couple of days - though chances are, you’ll want to stay longer. They’re the perfect antidote to the chaos of Kenya’s cities and provide a natural playground for walking, biking and boat rides. To be honest, we can’t think of any reasons not to visit.
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The park itself was established back in 1984 and named ‘Hell’s Gate’ due to the intense geothermal activity that occurs within its boundaries.Discover more
A game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park is essential to discovering Kenya’s wild heart. From watching a lioness napping in the branches of an acacia forest to picnicking with a picturesque cascade as a backdrop at Makalia Falls, this is one of the country’s finest spots when it comes to embracing earth’s natural beauty.Discover more
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