Nakuru county has a wealth of things to offer if you are looking for days of fun, travel and excitement. It has excellent weather and it is just a three-hour drive from the City. Aside from its glorious Lake Nakuru, the county carries within it a town called Naivasha, which is a destination for many who are looking to get out of the City for a few hours, or even days.
Naivasha has something for everyone. From road trips with friends to romantic dates with your special one to a day out with family or even a solo hideaway. If you are yet to venture on a tour to explore this pearl of a town, here are 9 reasons to arouse your interest.
Hell’s gate national park.
Hell’s gate lies to the south of Lake Naivasha. The Park is named after a narrow break in the cliffs and it is known for its wide variety of wildlife and for its scenery. It is an adventurous haven that you can explore on foot or by cycling. Dangerous animals are a rarity so you can explore to your heart’s content. Fun fact about this park is that it inspired the setting of the popular 1994 film, The Lion King. So be sure to carry along your camera because you will set your eyes on Pride Rock.
Activities include hiking, camping, rock climbing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, cycling and photography.
A great place to have fun with friends or family or spouse.
Lake Oloidien is a volcanic crater lake also found at the south of Lake Naivasha. It is a small serene paradise that may often be overlooked, but has brilliant activities to its name. It is the place to go if you are looking to relax in a tranquil yet awe-inspiring environment. It has a grand bird-life great for bird watchers and a very comfortable ground for camping. You are likely to meet hippos and flamingoes and also indulge in hours of fishing and boat riding.
If you need some alone time but with a touch of incredible views then this is your place.
Crescent Island Game Park.
Crescent Island Game Park is Naivasha’s best kept secret. It is a peninsula or island on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. Surrounded by water, it is accessible by boat from East or West. Crescent Island is the ultimate place to give you that game park experience. Through walking on foot, you get to interact with the wild game up close. It is very serene with breathtaking sunsets and very scenic. If you are the animal lover, spoil yourself with this chance to be in the midst of Giraffes or Wildebeests as they graze.It definitely serves well as a treat to the family.
Crater Lake game sanctuary.
Crater Lake is a small private sanctuary centered on a volcanic crater lake with spectacular water. The Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals, including impalas, warthogs, buffalo, giraffes and many others. It is the place to arouse the adventurous side of you. While most people drive, others do take a hike but it is at your own risk as buffaloes are said to be lurking in the bushes. There are also night safaris and guided nature walks for those staying at the sanctuary’s camp. After a long day of watching game you can treat your taste buds to exotic dishes on a floating restaurant in the middle of the lake.If you are feeling like a tourist then this is the place for you.
Fisherman’s Camp, the splendid campsite is located on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The large camp extends from under a beautiful shade of acacia trees up into the hills where you can relish spectacular views of the lake and surrounding areas. It remains the place to look for if you are on budget. There are readily available cottages and tents and the food will keep you asking for more.You can have a night of camping with friends or family or with your spouse.
Mt. Longonot National reserve.
Want to feel free and lost in nature? This is the place to be. Mount Longonot National Park is one of the many fascinating, yet least visited, attractions of Kenya. Located in the Lake Navaisha region it is dominated by Mount Longonot itself. The Park has some animals but it is more about the captivating scenery and the hiking that the park is known for. The main attractions of the park include the extinct volcano and crater forest and the views of Lake Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley. It is also a great destination for birding. The main activities in Mount Longonot include Hiking, Rock Climbing, Biking, Walking, Birding and viewing Lake Naivasha.
An excellent place for team building and to have fun with a group of friends.
Crayfish Camp is located along Moi South Lake Road. The camp offers a wide range of activities such as mountain biking, boating, horse riding, nature walks, indoor games and picnicking. The camp is also renowned for its excellent cuisine especially fresh Crayfish from Lake Naivasha.
Crayfish is the place to have a little time away from the city with a few friends or family.
Lake Naivasha Panorama Park.
Lake Naivasha Panorama Park and lodging is your home away from home. It is an exceptional lodging house that offers incomparable service that you can enjoy while viewing the majestic Lake Naivasha. The prices are affordable and the food is flavorsome.
It is definitely the place to unwind during the weekend.
Hippo Point and Dodo Tower.
Hippo point is the ideal getaway plan. It is an exclusive private wildlife conservancy sitting on an isthmus between Lake Naivasha and Lake Oloidien. The 1932 Manor house is a classic British country house in Africa where sweet-smelling roses and lush lawns contrasts sharply with the yellowish dusty tree trunks of the surrounding acacias. Enjoy breathtaking views over Oloidien Bay and follow at close range the movements of the hippos, giraffe and zebra grazing at the foot of the eight-story 120 foot Tower
Ideal for a family looking for a unique luxury experience or lovers seeking a romantic getaway.
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