2.    Take a dip at Ol Karia Geothermal Spa

Located to the south of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley right at the heart of Hell’s gate National Park Olkaria geothermal spa is the largest of its kind in Africa. It is popular for its geothermal spa which offers recreational and therapeutic swimming with its Blue Lagoons with naturally heated water, the pools have water with temperatures ranging from 30°c to 40°c. It is the first of its kind in Africa. This is the ultimate destination for revelers, away from the hustle and bustles of the city. The breath-taking scenery creates a memorable experience.

3.    Walk with the animals at Crescent Island

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With a maximum depth of 30m (100ft), Crescent Island is the deepest area around Lake Naivasha. Crescent Island is about 15 minutes by boat away from the shores of Lake Naivasha and 80 kilometers from Nairobi via the Moi South Lake Road.

 A visit to the Crescent Island Sanctuary offers a rare chance to literally walk with the animals such as wildebeests, giraffe, zebra, dik dik, steenbok, impala and gazelles. The island sanctuary isn't home to any predators, so you can safely trade the safari car for your own two feet as you wander alongside the wildlife. This Park is also known as the bird sanctuary, it hosts a variety of bird species.

4. Kigio Wildlife Conservancy

Kigio Wildlife Conservancy is a center protected by the local community. It is located near Gilgil in the Great Rif Valley. This conservancy center contains diverse habitat of indigenous plant species, it is also home to over three hundred bird species including what is said to be the world’s largest population of grey-crested helmetshrikes.

Besides the birds and plants, this is one place that hosts several wildlife including African buffalo, common eland, impala, waterbuck, hippopotamus, caracal, and other species of gazelle.

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5.    Take a boat safari on Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake located 93km North West of Nairobi. It derives its name from the Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which occasionally arise from the lake. Lake Naivasha is one of the best places to tour in Naivasha; the lake boasts a dense population of hippos and over 400 different species of birds. Everything from pelicans to cranes to smaller, more brightly coloured birds are on display. The most popular activity is undoubtedly the chance to take a guided boat safari out onto the water. The waters themselves are home to wallowing hippopotamuses, and along the shores, you'll spot Cape Buffalo and other herbivores. Hotels near Lake Naivasha include Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Naivasha Kongoni Lodge and Sawela Lodge. Other hotels in the outskirts of the lake include Lake Naivasha Panorama Park Lodge & Lake Naivasha Resort.

6.    Look for flamingos at Lake Elementaita

Elementaita is derived from the Maasai name “Muteita” meaning dusty place. This soda lake is located in Gilgil town between Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha.

This lake is popular for its hot springs and birdlife; it is also home to a sizable population of flamingoes. The reed beds near the lake are fishing grounds for night herons and pelicans.

 

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7.    Crater Lake

The Crater Lake is a green soda lake at the bottom of an extinct volcano on the western side of Lake Naivasha and north of the village of Kongoni, it is located 10 kilometers from Naivasha town and about 90 km from Nairobi. This Lake lies within a private game sanctuary with spectacular green water. 

The lake attracts many flamingo, and the surrounding forests and plains have plenty of game (birds, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes and elands.). It is a good place to explore on foot as it has nature trails the vegetation around the crater.

Crater Lake Camp, in particular, is a must-visit destination for those looking for memorable camping experiences in Naivasha. Set on the backdrop of a beautiful volcanic crater lake, this location is scenically fringed with acacia trees, has about 150 species of birds for bird watchers and a trail that meanders along the steep yet diminutive rim of the crater.

8.    Lake Oloiden

Lake Oloiden is one of the least popular, but pristine places to visit in Naivasha and the most striking feature is its Flamingoes. Oloiden is also home to Kenya’s largest flower farms, tourist visiting this place can enjoy a boat ride and camp at OLoiden Camping Site a serene escape.

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9.    Climb Mt. Longonot

For the more adventurous, the opportunity to hike a dormant volcano might be too hard to resist! About 90km from Kenya’s Capital Nairobi and 28km from Naivasha Town, Mount Longonot is one place you wouldn’t want to miss on your visit to Naivasha.

Mt. Longonot is one of the places you see when driving into the Great Rift Valley as it rises from the floor of the Rift Valley and provides great views all the way to the famous Lake Naivasha.

A relatively challenging 4-5 hour hike, your ascent will be cherry topped by thrilling sightings of giraffe, Zebra, hartebeest, buffaloes and some rather strange birds. 

10.   Go back in time at Kariandusi Museum

Kariandusi claims to be the Cradle of Mankind. Dating back more than 1 million years, this Stone Age site is rumoured to have been a prehistoric 'factory' where stone tools were produced for use elsewhere.

The attached Kariandusi Museum is an informative, government run museum in which visitors can learn more about not only Kariandusi but other historically significant sites nearby.

11.    Go camping and sleep under the stars

If there is one thing that Naivasha has an abundance of is camping space. Indeed, it is one of the main reasons why many Kenyans drive down to this destination: it’s an opportunity to spend time and the night under the stars. The thing about most camping sites in Naivasha is that they are attached to major resorts such as: Burch’s Resort, Lake Naivasha Resort, Triple Eden Naivasha Hotel, Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Fish Eagle Inn, and Naivasha Kongoni Lodge

Of course, there are those establishments that are purely built for camping. Many of these have wonderful activities such as bonfire games, excellent cuisine, boat riding, horseback riding and game watching. Options include: Crater Lake Camp, Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp, Camp Carnelley’s, Crayfish Camp

12.    Sanctuary Horseback Safaris

This is a 500 acre spot located on the shores of the fresh water Lake Naivasha. Sanctuary Farm is the perfect place to use as a base for climbing Mt Longonot, rock climbing & gorge walking in Hell’s Gate, game viewing in Nakuru National Park. While at this farm tourist can relax around the beautiful swimming pool and watch game grazing. Activities such as horse riding, bird watching and cycling are on site. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle and tassel of the city life.