A relatively short distance from the capital, the lakes and national parks of Nakuru and Naivasha are often the first couple of stops on a Kenya itinerary. Lake Naivasha is known for its hippo pods while on the plains surrounding Lake Nakuru, you could spot black and white rhino, waterbuck, buffalo and warthog. To explore the parks, you can join a small group safari with a host of like-minded travellers, or set off on a private adventure with your own vehicle and driver/guide. You can make your way from park to park in a 4x4 vehicle and see life on the road as you go, or soar above the plains in a light aircraft on a fly-in safari and spend more time at your lodge. We can also tailor make your own adventure, featuring the transport and accommodation you want.
Lake Nakuru resides within its own national park, while Lake Naivasha is close to a wealth of attractions.
Lake Nakuru offers one of the most spectacular scenes worldwide – the vast flocks of flamingo feasting on the algae that thrive in the lake’s warm waters! Both lesser and greater flamingo can be spotted, distinguishable by their differing bills and plumage. As far as land mammals are concerned, Lake Nakuru has plentiful black and white rhino, in addition to such species as leopard, cheetah, giraffe and waterbuck.
The word Naivasha is a variation of the Maasai Nai ’posha, ‘rough water’. The Maasai chose this name for the freshwater lake due to the storms that brew in the area, breaking suddenly and dramatically! The total surface area of Naivasha is 139 sq. km, but factor in the surrounding swamplands and this figure increases by at least 64 sq. km. The depth ranges from 6m in the shallows to 30m around Crescent Island, a game reserve. Naivasha town is situated on the lake’s north-east boundary, while Nairobi is just 100km north-west from this tranquil site.
Between them, the lakes contain a wealth of wildlife.
Lake Naivasha is home to impressive numbers of hippo!
Both lakes are a haven for birds, with over 400 species recorded to date.
These include the magnificent Goliath heron and eight other types of heron, in addition to many species of duck, geese, grebe, guineafowl, storks, flamingos, cormorants, pelicans, egrets, bitterns, ibises, spoonbills, hawks, kites, coots, cranes, kingfishers,
bee-eaters, parrots, owls… and that’s just for starters!.
The wildlife of Kenya is waiting to be discovered, so take a break from your beach vacation
and safari out with us to explore Kenya's national parks.
You’ll be looking for dozens of species on our short, easy 1, 2 or 3-day adventures here.