Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five metres.
As a freshwater lake, Naivasha is used to irrigate the surrounding countryside. Its cool climate and fertile soil attracts Nairobi residents seeking refuge from city life. Farms, vegetable gardens, and vineyards contribute to this weekend retreat atmosphere. Over 400 species of birds have been reported at Lake Naivasha alone, making it a Mecca for bird lovers and researchers. Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, lived on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Her home, Elsamere, is now a wildlife education and conservation center. Lake Naivasha boat riding is an activity that can be undertaken if you are checking out from Lake Nakuru National Park and heading to Masai Mara National Reserve. They usually charge USD 45 per person (Adult).
Lake Bogoria is a saline water shallow located at the northern region of the Kenyan Rift, 25 km south of Lake Baringo.
The long, slender soda lake lies at the foot of the towering Laikipia Escarpment. Towards the southern end of the lake are a series of geysers, boiling pools and hot springs. The 107sq km national park also protects one of Kenya’s remaining herds of greater kudu. The lake also boasts flamingoes and pelicans, but the region is best known for the physical beauty of the setting.
Lake Baringo is one of the water bodies that line up on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, the Earth’s scar that crosses the East of Africa north to south.
Traveling further north, one finds Lake Baringo, a freshwater lake that is home to a host of bird life. It is a spectacular center for bird-watching. The Lake Baringo Club offers a variety of services including wildlife walks guided by an ornithologist, boat rides, camel rides, and local trips to the local Njemps tribal village and a local snake park.
Hell’s Gate National Park is a tiny park located between Naivasha Lake and Longonot and Suswa volcanoes.
Also nearby is Hell’s Gate National Park, one of only two parks in Kenya where you are allowed to explore of foot. The Njorowa Gorge was once the outlet from Lake Naivasha. Today the passageway is dried up leaving sheer, red crumbling cliffs through which you walk unguided. The loop between the two main gates is 22km long, but there is a 6km nature trail from the Interpretation Center. Another attraction in the Lake Naivasha region is the privately owned Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. Situated on part of the former estate of Lady Diana Delamere, the scenery around the lake located in a volcanic crater is splendid. This is also the home of the ox-wagon safaris.