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Naivasha is a town located in the Great Rift Valley region of Kenya, known for its beautiful scenery, wildlife, and outdoor activities. Here are some of the top places to visit :
This freshwater lake is one of the largest in the Great Rift Valley and is home to a variety of wildlife, including hippos, giraffes, and over 400 bird species. Visitors can enjoy boat rides, bird watching, and scenic walks along the lake’s shores.
Hells Gate National Park
This park is named after its towering red cliffs and offers stunning landscapes, hot springs, and geothermal activity. Visitors can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing, including buffalo, baboons, and leopards.
Mount Longonot National Park
This park features a dormant volcano with a scenic hiking trail that offers stunning views of the Great Rift Valley and the surrounding countryside.
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
This sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, and over 170 bird species. Visitors can enjoy game drives, nature walks, and scenic views of the crater lake.
Elsamere Conservation Centre
This conservation center is located on the shores of Lake Naivasha and is dedicated to preserving the region’s wildlife and natural habitats. Visitors can learn about conservation efforts, enjoy bird watching, and visit the former home of Joy Adamson, the author of “Born Free”.
Crescent Island Game Park Naivasha
This park is located on a small island in Lake Naivasha and is home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, and wildebeest. Visitors can enjoy walking safaris, boat rides, and scenic views of the lake.
How to get to Naivasha
The easiest way to get to Naivasha is by car. From Nairobi, you can take the A104 highway and drive northwest towards the town. The journey takes about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on traffic.
By public transport
There are several buses and matatus (shared minivans) that travel from Nairobi to Naivasha. The buses and matatus can be found at the Nairobi CBD bus stations such as the Machakos Bus Station, and the fare is relatively cheap.
You can take a train from Nairobi to Naivasha. The train service operates daily, except on Sundays. The train journey takes about 2 hours.