Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha, a bird's eye view <sup>1</sup>

Lake Naivasha, a bird's eye view 1
One of the rift valley lakes, named from the Maasai word Nai'posha, meaning "rough water", because of the sudden storms which can arise on it.

It is a freshwater lake with a diameter of about 16 km, though mostly shallow with an average depth of 6 m. The deepest area is at Crescent Island — 30 m 2.

It is said to have been part of a much larger lake that drained through Ol jorowa gorge.

Today, it is fed by the Malewa and Gilgil rivers2 and there are no visible outlets, although there seems to be evidence that these are located below it.

The lake is home to a large population of birds, as well as a sizeable population of hippo.

What to do thereBoating or boat safaris, bird watching, walk with animals at crescent island sanctuary, hiking.

Best time to visitAny time of the year

Location of Lake Naivasha lake Naivasha is located in Kenya, just an our or two north west of Nairobi by vehicle.

It also is in the great rift valley, and can be seen from some spots in Hell's gate national park and mount Longonot.

How to get thereBy air — using the Naivasha airstrip, though you can also get there by bus or train. Both of these have terminals in the town of Naivasha.

References1. By undeklinable from España - Naivasha lake, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32009945 - accessed on 4 th January, 2019
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Naivasha - accessed on 4 th January, 2019

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