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Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake and the surrounding soil is very fertile therefor this is a major production area for fruit and vegetables and flowers. But we visited to see the over 300 birdspecies that have been recorded on the lake, besides that there is abundant wildlife in the water (a large number of hippo) and on the land.
The lake is almost 13 kms across with shallow waters with an average depth of five meters. The area varies greatly according to rainfall, the average ranges between 114 and 991 sq km. At the beginning of the 20th century the lake completely dried up. The resulting open land was farmed, until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to return, swallowing up the newly established estates.

Between 1937 and 1950 the lake was used as a landing place for plane passengers destined for Nairobi. The waterplane from London landed on the lake where the Lake Naivasha Country Club now stands, and travellers boarded a bus for Nairobi.

After a boattrip on the lake we went to the Lake Navaisha Country Club for lunch. We were lucky to stay in this old colonial architectural hotel. The rooms and cottages are on a 12 hectares of green lawns with acacias and fever trees giving shade. Walk through the garden to the wateredge and you will find the boats to make a trip on the lake or go fishing. There is also a shaded lookout where you can watch the birds.

The local Masai called the lake Nai'posha meaning ''rough water'', because the afternoon wind can cause the lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. The British later misspelt it as Naivasha..

Except discovering the lake by boat you can also go on a walking safari to Crescent Island. Because there are no predators on this island it is one of the few places in Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of antelope. We didn't do that but we saw some wildlife from our boat during a boattrip.

  • Last visit to Lake Naivasha: Oct 2004
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