Lake

Lake Naivasha

A serene freshwater lake with abundant wildlife and bird species.

Kenya
Location
Dry season
Best Time to Visit
1,884 m
Altitude

About Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, located in the Rift Valley of Kenya, known for its diverse wildlife, including over 400 bird species. It offers various recreational activities such as fishing, bird watching, and boat rides to explore the crescent island. The lake's calm waters and picturesque landscape of surrounding acacia trees make...

When to go

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Seasons

December - February
June - August
Best time to go
Warm and dry conditions are perfect for exploring the diverse flora and fauna.
March - May
Low Season
Heavy rainfall can make wildlife spotting challenging, but the landscape is lush and vibrant.
September - November
Shoulder Season
Mild weather with occasional showers, perfect for those looking to avoid peak crowds.
June - August
High Season
Ideal for bird watching with clear skies and minimal rain, making outdoor activities pleasant.

What to do

Wildlife

Lake Naivasha is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and zebras commonly seen around the lake.

Lion

Not Present

Elephant

Occasional

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Rare

Hippo

Common

Hyena

Occasional

Leopard

Rare

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Lake Naivasha is generally safe, but visitors should follow guidelines for wildlife encounters. Vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever are recommended.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Easily accessible by road from Nairobi, approximately a 2-hour drive. Public transport options are available but renting a car or joining a tour is more convenient.
Getting Around
Renting a bike, hiring a boat for lake tours, or exploring on foot with a local guide are the best ways to see the area.
Visas
Visitors must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) in advance. Kenya's eTA system simplifies entry for tourists, with some countries exempt. Always check the latest visa requirements before traveling.
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