Lake Naivasha is Kenya’s second largest freshwater lake and the highest of the Great Rift Valley Lakes. The lake, which takes its name from the Maasai word Nai’posha that means ‘rough water’, lies only an hour’s drive north west of Nairobi, in Nakuru County. Lake Naivasha is a vital habitat and source of water for an abundance of wildlife and bird life that call this beautiful lake home.

Bird watching enthusiasts know Lake Naivasha as one of Kenya’s best bird watching sites. The lake attracts over 400 different species of birds, the most iconic being the flocks of thousands of flamingos that can sometimes be seen feeding on the lake. The best way to experience the lake is by guided boat cruise.

Visitors can look forward to seeing flocks of water birds including the highest concentration of fish eagles in Africa, flamingos, pelicans, cranes, kingfishers and storks, alongside sizeable populations of hippos; and around the lake, giraffes, zebras and impalas. In the forests surrounding the lake, many birds can be seen nesting and during the wet season in April and November, migratory birds from Asia and Europe.

Key Bird Species

Cape Teal, Pied Avocet, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Maccoa Duck, Great White Pelican, Common Greenshank, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Arrow-marked Babbler, African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Osprey, Hybrid Lovebird, Red-throated Wryneck, Buff-bellied Warbler, Grey Crowned Crane, Black Cuckoo, African Hoopoe, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Pink-backed Pelican, Pied Avocet, Blacksmith Plover, Coqui Francolin, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Black Cuckoo, African Cuckoo, Grey-crested Helmet shrike, Cape Teal, Hottentot Teal and Red-billed Teal, Dusky Nightjar, Montane Nightjar, Maccoa Duck, Malachite Sunbird or White-backed Duck.

What You Need To Know

Location And Getting There

Lake Naivasha is a 139km2 large lake, 80kms north west of Nairobi; accessible by road in only an hour’s drive in Nakuru County at an altitude of 1,890 metres above sea level.

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