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An ideal lakeside first stop out of Nairobi

Wildlife-rich Lake Naivasha is both a scenic stop in its own right and a great base for hikes to Hell’s Gate National Park and Mount Longonot.

Set in the Rift Valley floor 90 kilometres northwest of Nairobi, Naivasha is a near-circular freshwater lake fringed by lush forests of fever trees and overlooked by the ragged-edged of the volcanic Mount Longonot. Though it is accorded no official protection, the lake supports a fair amount of indigenous wildlife. Giraffe, hippo and waterbuck may be seen almost anywhere on the lakeshore, which is also one of the most rewarding bird sites in Kenya, offering an opportunity for the experienced to clock up 100 species before breakfast. Conspicuous water-associated birds include African fish eagle and the great white pelican, while noisy Fischer’s and yellow-collared lovebirds are among the most decorative and common woodland species.

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Kenya Bush and Beach Family Safari Itinerary (12 days)

It's easy to see why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

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Philip Briggs says

When last I held an office job in London, between African trips in the late 1980s, Lake Naivasha was the first image that sprung to mind when I thought about returning to Kenya. It didn’t disappoint me when eventually I did return, and it hasn't on several repeat visits.

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Crescent Island, the partially submerged rim of an extinct volcanic caldera, is home to giraffe, buffalo and plenty of birds. Elsamere, named after the lioness Elsa of Born Free fame, and once the lakeside home of controversial naturalist Joy Adamson, is now a low-key museum and guesthouse serving lavish buffet teas in a forest patch inhabited by handsome black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Only slightly further afield, Hell’s Gate National Park protects a geologically dramatic 68-square-kilometre landscape where visitors can walk or bicycle unguided through seasonally impressive herds of big game, including buffalo, giraffe, zebra, various antelope species and very occasionally elephant and lion. Also protected as a national park, the 2,776-metre-high Mount Longonot, which last erupted in the 1860s, can be ascended and descended in around three hours. The private Green Crater Lake Sanctuary, named after the alkaline Songasoi Crater Lake, attracts huge aggregations of lesser flamingo, especially from June to August. Guided game walks are on offer, as are bird walks around the crater rim. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Naivasha National Park

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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