Lake Naivasha Travel Guide

  • Lake Naivasha
    Lake Naivasha
    by lotharscheer
  • Lake Naivasha
    Lake Naivasha
    by lotharscheer
  • Lake Naivasha
    Lake Naivasha
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Lake Naivasha Things to Do

  • By bicycle to Kongoni

    From Fisherman´s Camp about 10 km east at the first roadfork left at the second roadfork to the right you will see a lot of wildlife like Zebras, Monkeys, Boars etc., if you continue a little past Kongoni you come to the Oloiden boat community project for reasonable boat tours on the lake.

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  • Hell's Gate National Park

    This is a small National Park where you can go around by bicycle, see some Giraffes, Zebras, Buffalows etc. and hike at the Hell's Gate Gorge. Entrance fee is $ 30.

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  • Follow in the footsteps of Angelina...

    ... which is not something that I usually care to do, but as the fact that sequences from "Tomb Raider" were filmed in Ol-Njorowa gorge was perhaps the only piece of information our inept 'tour guide' offered us in over an hour, I thought that I'd share this with you ...Ol-Njorowa gorge is a highlight of any visit to Hell's Gate National Park, and...

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  • Brilliant wildlife against a beautiful...

    Hell's Gate combines savannah grassland - complete with herds of grazing herbivores - with some more rugged scenery, including the escarpment that forms the backdrop to this family of buffalo on the hoof. It makes for an excellent opportunity to combine wildlife and landscape photography, so make sure that you come with several camera chips so that...

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  • An elegant sufficiency of eland!

    One of our abiding memories of the Kenyan Rift Valley will be the abundance of eland - seen here in a group at Hell's Gate that probably numbered about 30 individuals.Eland are the largest antelope in Africa, and we are used to shy 'peek a boo' encounters in Southern African reserves, where they tend to congregate in small groups and frustrate...

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  • Visit the intriging obsidian caves

    One of the most intriguing attractions that Hell's Gate has to offer are its obsidian caves ... which, even if you're not a lapsed geologist such as myself, would surely pique your interest?So, what is obsidian? Well, in simple terms, it's a volcanic glass that is associated with silica-rich magmas - these give rise to volcanoes that tend to blow...

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  • A very special outcrop of pumice ...

    OK, by now you probably know that I'm a lapsed geologist, but usually I try to keep my enthusiasm under control ... until I see outcrops like this!This is pumice ... yes, the stuff that you diligently buff away callouses and hard skin with. Pumice is probably best described as 'volcanic froth' - essentially all the gases in the lava (which were...

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  • Some algae don't mind being in hot water...

    ... in fact, these lurid green algae positively relish it!With the Ol-Karia geothermal power projects being located within the boundaries of the Hell's Gate National Park, it's no surprise that the park is punctuated with hot springs. These are easiest to identify in the Ol-Njorowa gorge, where the hot water seeping to surface sustains bright green...

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  • Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha - Photo Page...

    An idyllic Boat ride along the lake will allow you to view a multitude of Birds including the Kingfisher and the white Eagle , Hippoes and Pelicans ....

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  • Bird Watching and Photography

    The camp , with its abundant greenery enveloping it from all sides, the continuous flow of birds in and around, the constant chirping sound of bokets, woodpeckers and hundreds of other breeds of birds, the occasional sound of Hippos bathing and the quack of the Pelicans overhead makes this an ideal relaxing joint.

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  • A walk around Elsamere Camp : Different...

    Elsa came from the name of the Lion cub reared by Joy Adamson and famous for Born Free.In Swahili, 'mere' means water.That is the origin of the name for the camp 'Elsamere' next to Lake Naivasha .

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  • Boat ride on Lake Naivasha - Photo Page...

    We slowly moved close to this huge collection of Pelicans ...And as they saw us, they took for a flight.

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  • What an unlikely place to find a...

    Of all the things that I expected to find in Kenya's Rift Valley, a vineyard was not one of them!Actually, to be strictly accurate, we didn't find a vineyard, but we did stumble across its produce ... at in a weaving workshop (Elementaita Weavers) of all places!We always try to seek out local produce when we travel, and our poor friends have become...

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  • A national park that makes power for the...

    On first consideration, the prospect of having a power station within a national park would seem unlikely ... but then, as we discovered, Hell's Gate is a place with a talent for combining unexpected elements!The proliferation of hot springs along the Kenyan Rift Valley is evidence of its very recent volcanic past. The Ol-Karia power project has...

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  • Go rock climbing at Fischer's Tower!

    One of the attractions of Hell's Gate is that - unlike many of the other national parks, where game spotting is the main attraction - there are a whole range of outdoor pursuits that you can occupy yourself with ... including rock climbing.Fischer's Tower is located close to the main Elsa Gate of the park and is a volcanic plug, formed by lava that...

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  • The looming presence of Central Tower

    Hell's Gate boasts two free standing pinnacles which are volcanic plugs - lava that solidified in the vent of an extinct volcano and which have withstood erosion better than the surrounding rock.Central Tower is the larger of the two plugs and dominates the skyline in the vicinity of the Ol-Njorowa Gorge (and is thus quite a useful point of...

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  • Admire Mount Logonot from a distance

    As you drop down into the Rift Valley from Nairobi, it's impossible to ignore Mount Logonot, probably the largest of the recent volcanic cones in the area. It is currently dormant, and its attractively symmetrical form is a useful point of reference on the landscape.It is apparently a fairly easy hike to the rim of Logonot's crater - whose highest...

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  • Vintage farm machinery at Elementaita...

    I'll freely admit that I'm a sucker for old farm machinery, so imagine my delight when we drew into Elementaita Weavers (on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha) and were confronted with these beauties!I have a particular weakness for old bulldozers, so the ancient Caterpillar caught my eye ... although the prospect of a ride on a vehicle with metal...

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  • Explore Hell's Gate by mountain bike!

    Kenya's national parks differ from their counterparts in Southern Africa in two significant aspects: one is that they allow people (and their livestock) access to the park, and secondly, in the case of Hell's Gate, they allow tourists to explore by mountain bike.Bikes are available for hire at the main Elsa Gate, and it looks like loads of fun! The...

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  • Visit Elsamere home of Joy Adamson

    I would only recommend this if you are interested in the life of Joy and George Adamson or have a passion for home made cakes!We took a boats from our campsite on Lake Naivasha along to Elsamere. Unfortunately for us there was a storm building at the time the so it was a rather rough trip along the lake.On arrival at Elsamere you are taken into a...

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  • Get out in a boat on the lake IV...

    Quite unwieldy looking birds but so graceful in flight. Having a wingspan of around 3.60 metres (12 feet) helps them to glide effortlessly through the air. Using the same sort of running on the water technique as the flamingo, beating their wings at the same time gets lift-off for the up-to 15 kg Great White Pelican.

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  • Crescent Island.

    Although you don't get a lot of time here, it is well, well worth it. Although not really an island, the land is in a crescent shape, seen before mainly in the film "Out of Africa". This isprivate land and as such the film-makers imported the animals here for the needs of the film, and were left when they were finished. Seems a little contrived but...

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  • Get out in a boat on the lake III (The...

    One of the tricks of the boatman is to use fish to get the Fish Eagle out of the tree. He holds the fish above his head and then whistles. When the bird is about 100 metres away he then tosses the fish into the water. And there is breakfast for the Eagle..... We did this three times and the birds never miss the fish. Quite a spectacle.My excuses...

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  • Get out in a boat on the lake (Hippos).

    You have to go into the Lake Naivasha Country Club to hire a boat out, although you don't have to to be a member. As you enter the grounds the office is on the left. Cost is $25 per boat that includes the visit to Crescent Island, altogether with the walk you have about 3 hours which made a break between Nakuru and Maasai Mara.Out on the water...

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Lake Naivasha Nightlife

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    The camp authorities arrange for viewing of the movie "Born Free" and also some other programmes about the camp and it founders , George and Joy Adamson.

    A small inhouse Museum is also opened around or after dinner time for some late viewing by the guests. One has options to buy a few curious and handicrafts by the camp students and members.

    Dinner is served at 7.30 pm and you would be escorted from one of the log houses where you have been put up, by one of the security guards. Similarly after dinner you wuld be escorted back.
    The reason for such security is the presence of wild animals which includes Zebras, Hippos and sometimes Giraffes and Rhinos inside the camp.

    But it feels wonderful to sit next to the lawn and view the open Lake while listen to sounds of the forest and its inhabitants which starts to grow on you. The ambience is more electrifying than a techno-pub.

    At around 1.30 at night, i was able to see Zebras feeding on the grass and bushes inside the camp at a distance of about 6 feet from our door. It was a great experience.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Farm Stay

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Lake Naivasha Warnings and Dangers

  • The risk of flash floods in the gorge is...

    A visit to the Ol-Njorowa gorge is a highlight of any visit to Hell's Gate National Park, but be aware that you need to exercise caution if and when you decide to hike there, particularly in the rainy season.Because it's such a confined space, the gorge is subject to flash floods as a result of heavy rain, during which the water can reach a depth...

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  • Give this Jerusalem a wide berth!

    Wherever you go in the southern Rift Valley - from livestock corrals in the middle of nowhere to large commercial farms - the chances are that you'll come across fences made of this intimidatingly spikey shrub, known locally as 'Jerusalem'.It is the ideal sustainable fencing material, as it is so prickly and grows into such dense thickets that not...

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  • Litter and inept tour guides at...

    It is not quite clear whether it is compulsory or not to take a guide if you intend to hike Ol-Njorowa Gorge - the signage is ambiguous, and there is certainly considerable pressure exerted by the park staff to do so. As the path is not always clear, I would veer on the side of caution and hire a guide just for safety's sake, but if our experience...

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Lake Naivasha Tourist Traps

  • Do not venture out at Night

    Do not venture out at night inside Elsamere camp and try to stay indoors, whether it is inside your room or the main dining hall.The reason is quite a few animals stroll inside the camp after sundown and none of them are Pets.A couple of security gurds patrol the camp at Night.Common Animals which are visible include:GiraffeZebrasGazelleHippos and...

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  • Hells Gate in the heat

    Hells Gate National Park is worth seeing. However, the reason I placed it here is the fact that I chose to do it on a bicycle in the unbearable heat of the day.... SOOOO HOT. The National Park itself isnt that bad, it would be great with a vehicle. The park is situated 14 km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway and spans 68.25...

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  • Tropical flowers

    The gandens around the lodeg were beautifully maintained and I was really taken with the lovely tropical flowers. Coming from the cold north, we are not used to such profusion of colour.

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  • Lunch on the lawn

    Every day, lunch was taken on the manicured lawn, under the shade of the huge acacia and pepper trees. I found this incredibly romantic, reminiscent of the colonial era of days gone by. Heavy oak tables were brought out and covered with starched white tablecloths. White-gloved waiters would bring food on silver platters. Every meal was an...

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