"Quite literally "Out of Africa"" Crescent Island by CatherineReichardt

Crescent Island Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 12 photos

Crescent Island is a little peninsula of lake that juts into Lake Naivasha from its eastern shore. And if it looks just a little familiar to you, that might be because it was used as the location for parts of the "Out of Africa" movie - for which the wildlife was originally introduced - and more latterly, to film scenes for Angelina Jolie's action romp, "Tomb Raider".

The island can be accessed by vehicle via a causeway, but by far the most popular way to get there is by boat, which also gives you an opportunity to appreciate the fantastic bird life along the lakeshore (twitchers might care to cast an eye over the travelogue on my Lake Naivasha page). From there, you are met by a guide, who takes you on a walk during which you can get extremely close to the animals, which are thoroughly habituated to people.

Crescent Island is a fantastic half day excursion if you're in the Naivasha region, and would be hugely popular with children. However, because there is walking involved, it is not suitable those with mobility constraints, and I wouldn't recommend it with children who are too young to realise that the animals - though habituated - are still wild and could pose a threat to their safety if startled.

The habituated nature of Crescent Island's animals is both its charm and its downfall: on one hand, you are likely to get much closer to animals that you would usually do on a conventional safari, but there is no disputing that it is 'wildlife lite'.

My advice would be to accept Crescent Island's limitations, and accept it for what it is - a wonderful opportunity to observe the animals at close quarters, which also offers stunning photo opportunities that will do wonders to enhance your photographic credentials with friends and family (who won't be aware of how generously the odds were stacked in your favour)! However, I would not recommend using this as a substitute for a more genuine safari experience unless you are under such time pressure that you have absolutely no option.

For other attractions in the vicinity of Crescent island, follow these links:

My Lake Naivasha Page page
My Crater Lake page
My Lake Bogoria page

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You'll probably never get closer to wild animals!
  • Cons:Could be accused of being "wildlife lite"
  • In a nutshell:As long as you accept its limitations, it's a really nice way to spend half a day
  • Last visit to Crescent Island: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Nice page Catherine I really enjoyed lake Naivasha

    • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
      May 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Thanks Jim - we certainly enjoyed it, and it's somewhere that I'd love to return to with the kids!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Wonderful page! Your photos are excellent!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    That?s a strange show that they put on, having the eagles swoop for food. But this looks like an interesting place for an excursion, provided, as you say, that we accept its limitations.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Cathy, your travel philosophy is great! Live and learn!~


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