Naivasha is a large town in Nakuru County, Kenya, lying 92.8 km by road north west of Nairobi.
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, which lies north west of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley.Learn more
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Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano located southeast of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Enjoy a day tour visiting Hell's Gate National Park, the only park where you can drive, walk and do some cycling within the Park then spice up your excursion with a boat ride in Lake Naivasha where you get a chance to spot the big hippos on the shores of the lake and different species of water bird.Book this experience
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Gilgil, Kenya, is a town in Nakuru County, Kenya. The town is located between Naivasha and Nakuru and along the Nairobi - Nakuru highway. It is to the west of the Gilgil River, which flows south to feed Lake Naivasha. Gilgil has a population of 18,805 according to the 1999 census. Gilgil is the centre of the Gilgil Division in Nakuru County.Learn more
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Not far from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, discover Naivasha.
Naivasha is one of the towns in Nakuru County, famous for the lake of the same name.
Lake Naivasha is one of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. Located at the foot of the Longonot volcano, about 100 km from Nairobi, it is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Its surface area, which varies between 114 km2 in the dry season and 991 km2 in the rainy season, is a veritable ornithological paradise, known the world over.
The lake has a crescent-shaped peninsula, Crescent Island, and is a sanctuary for hundreds of bird species. Surrounded by lush vegetation, it is home to a large number of animals such as giraffes, buffaloes and hippos. At Crescent Island, the absence of predators allows visitors to go on a walking safari, which is unique in Kenya, to observe antelopes, wildebeest, zebras and Grant's gazelles, which have become albino because of the absence of predators.
Hire a boat and take a trip along the shores of the lake to see wading birds and raptors. If you take a trip to the Crescent Peninsula, you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife without the risk of predators. A guide will direct you along the shores of the lake to avoid a close encounter with a hippo.
In Naivasha, there are many national parks where you can discover the fauna, the flora and the enormous floriculture of the town which is one of the main activities.
You will also have the opportunity to go on safari, so don't hesitate.
The capital Nairobi is about 2 hours away from Naivasha. It is possible to get there by car but also by matatu.
These mini vans which serve as mini buses are the cheapest means of transport and it is a great experience to take them with the locals.
It is quite possible to sleep near Lake Naivasha.
Some hotels are available, but there are also hostels like Camp Carnelley's.
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