Naivasha Town Kenya – A Guide to Naivasha Kenya
Naivasha Town Guide From Nairobi
Naivasha town is a kenyan town located in Nakuru county in the Kenyan Riftvalley. From Nairobi, The Kenyas Capital, it is located to the North West and around ninety kilometers away. It is approximated that one would take at least one and half hours from Nairobi to the Town of Naivasha.
The town is two thousand and eighty-six meters above the sea level. According to the 2009 census, the town had a population of one hundred and eighty-one thousand, nine hundred and sixty-six people.
Floriculture, as a subset of agriculture, dominates in the area within the town. Naivasha town serves as a tourism destination where both domestic and international tourists come to spend their holidays.
For the past years, Naivasha town has been known for its intensive production of horticultural products which are later exported overseas. As a result, the government has invested in the flower farms within the town. In addition to that, the flowers provide an ideal beauty to the town which acts as a center for Kenyan beauty.
Economic Activities in Naivasha Town
Agricultural activities especially horticulture is the main economic activity in Naivasha town. The town which is situated along the shores of the fresh water lake Naivasha gets its economy grown through the growing of flowers which are sold both internally and externally marketwise.
Due to these agricultural activities, Naivasha town has experienced gradual development over the years.
Places To Visit in Naivasha Kenya
1. Hell’s Gate National Park
The Hell’s gate is a tourism destination in Kenya which has an attraction of both domestic and international tourists. The Park was named after the all known Geothermal activities that surround the park. The Park is well known for its cliffs,water gorges, stark rock towers and geothermal steams. The park is listed as among the best parks to visit. Hell’s gate is an ideal site for visit where tourists enjoy mountain biking, bird watching, hiking, camping, game viewing and rock climbing. The park also acts as the home of many wildlife which include; hartebeests, gazelles, buffaloes and zebras.
Other attractions include raptor nesting in cliffs, hot springs, the Olkaria Geothermal station, the Mervyn Carnelley Raptor hide, tourist circuits and nature trails.
The commonly used means of transport to the Hell’s gate is by road, the park can be accessed through tarmac road. From Nairobi, one has to travel for ninety kilometers through Naivasha town. From naivasha, you take another route through the Lake road at a junction about five kilometers from Naivasha town.
Others may prefer to use air transport through the various airports and airstrips within Nairobi then to Naivasha Airstrip. There are a number of accommodation sites which include The Endachata Campsite, Naiburta campsite and Oldubai Campsite.
The park entry fee varies from whether a citizen, resident or non-resident. For the citizens, an adult pays three hundred shillings while a child will pay two- hundred and fifteen shillings. As per Resident, an adult pays six- hundred shillings while a child will pay three hundred shillings. For the nonresidents, adults pay two thousand and six hundred shillings while children pay one thousand and seven hundred shillings.
One can contact the authorities through; Landline 050-50407, Email email@example.com.
2. Crescent Island, Naivasha, Kenya
The Crescent Island is among the attraction sites within Naivasha town. The Island is about fifteen minutes through a boat from the shore of the Lake Naivasha. There a number of activities to be done while in the Island which include nature walk. The place is among the few known places where tourists walk alongside wild animals! Among the wildlife found in the Island is the giraffes and the wildebeests.
The Island boasts a number of wildlife and birds. It also gives a view to the Mount Longonot and the Aberdare ranges.
The Island tourism activities opens from eight O’clock and close at six O’clock in the evening. The entry fee to the Island is as follows; For the Non-residents an adult pays a fee of three thousand while a child will pay one thousand and five hundred and two thousand for a student. For Kenyan citizens and residents, an adult pays eight hundred shillings and a child pays four hundred shillings.
Other tourist attractions include Tranquility, scenery, nature walks, wildlife and boating.
The Island has a number of hotels where tourists can have their meals while in the Island, the hotels include the Naivasha Kongoni Lodge, Sweet Lake Resort, Fish Eagle Inn Nivasha and the Wileli House.
3. Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is among the best places to visit not only in Naivasha but also while vising Kenya. The lake is a fresh water lake found in the Rift valley. It also harbors a great family of hippopotamus and beautiful flamingoes.
The lake is approximately thirteen kilometers across although its waters are shallow ranging from four to five meters deep. The area of the lake has constantly been varying depending on the amounts of the rainfall in the area. The average area is approximated at one hundred and fourteen to nine hundred and ninety-one square kilometers. It is believed that the lake had once dried up in the early periods of the twentieth century.
People started farming activities on the bare land which was left and constructed structures. After some years, heavy rains struck and the lake re-emerged covering all the estates. The lake is characterized by strong storms in the evenings. This aspect led to the local Maasai to name it ‘Nai’posha’ which translates as ‘Rough water’. The surroundings of the lake have very fertile soils which are suitable for agricultural farming. It is surrounded with forests of the Acacia which act as home for birds. As a result, lake Naivasha is referred to as a world class birding destination.
Among the wildlife found include; Buffalo, Giraffe, monkeys and the lake Hippo.
Also, the regions surrounding the lake have some other small lakes called Oloiden and Sonachi which are crater lakes.
4. Lake Oloiden
Lake Oloiden has not been known to many and therefore least popular lake in Kenya.
The lake was once a salt water lake but after many years it changed to fresh water lake. It is believed that lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru were just one large lake in the Rift valley. After years the lake dried up leaving dry land between the two lakes. Other lakes such as the Elementaita were also formed through the same way. The levels of the water depends on the level of the Lake Naivasha. Back in 1982, it is believed that the water levels of lake Naivasha fell leaving Lake Oloiden as a separate lake, different from Lake Naivasha.
The lake is a home for flamingoes among other wildlife.
Human activities in the recent past has signaled a threat to the existence of the lake. Agricultural activities around the lake have seen the water levels fall drastically for over years.
5. Crater Lake
The crater lake is approximately ten kilometers from Naivasha town. The Volcanic crate lake lies within a game sanctuary. The lake is characterized by alkaline waters. The local Maasai in the area believe that the alkaline water from the crater lake is a proper medication for their cattle whenever they fall sick. Close to one hundred and fifty species of birds have been recorded in this area. The open surroundings of the lake has a number of wildlife which include buffaloes ,giraffes, elands and zebras.
6. Mt. Longonot
Mt Longonot is a Kenyan mountain with a height of 2779m above the sea level. It is viewed while driving down the escarpments of the rift valley. Tourists in Naivasha are in a position to have a better view of the mountain which is situated around ninety kilometers from Nairobi.
7. Kigio Wildlife Conservancy
This conservancy is a tourist attraction site in Kenya and is community owned. It is located between Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. Originally, the conservancy was owned by the white settlers who used it for ranching. The name was obtained from the communities living around the region. The local communities manage the three thousand and five hundred acres of land where the conservancy lies.
It has a number of wildlife which include buffaloes, waterbucks, hyenas, impala, caracal, honey badger, spring hare, elands and leopards. The conservancy has close to one hundred species of plants, three hundred species of birds, three thousand and five hundred of large mammals. Various organizations have taken the initiative of taking care of the infrastructure of the conservancy among the organizations is the Tusk Trust, Born Free Foundation and the Lewa Wildlife conservancy.
List of Major Attractions in Naivasha
1. Game drives, hiking and cycling
2. Spectacular Gorge walk
3. The Olkaria Geothermal Station
4. Hot springs
5. Fischer’s Tower
6. Raptors nesting in cliffs
7. Tourist circuits, nature trails and picnic sites.
8. The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide
9. Central Tower
10. Sanctuary Horseback Safaris
11. Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
12. Life Beads Kenya
13. Hell’s gate National Park
14. Lake Oloiden
15. scenic landscape,
16. Extinct- volcano and crater forest
views of lake Naivasha, Mount
Eburru, Mount Suswa and the Great Rift Valley.
Night Clubs in Naivasha Kenya
Naivasha Kongoni Lodge – This lodge is found in a park near the Oleidon and Lake Naivasha. Due to its beautiful plains