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The name Naivasha means "rough water" in the local Maasai language, attributed to the many sudden storms which happen here. We were lucky when we visited in that the weather was beautiful and calm. Situated at an altitude of nearly 6000 ft, the area received a fair amount of rainfall which then will swell the surface area of the lake from its usual 160 square kilometres. The lake is very shallow, with an average depth of around five metres. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the lake completely dried up due to drought, and the open land created by the disappearance of Lake Naivasha was farmed. A few years later, when heavy rain fell again, the lake was recreated and the newly established farms were flooded
Naivasha is a fresh water lake, but some questions have been asked as to how the water can remain fresh with no visible outlet. It is surmised that there is an underground escape route, ensuring the flow and movement of water required to maintain fresh water.
The lake is home to a variety of wildlife; over 400 different species of bird have been reported. It is particularly famous for its flamingos and pelicans.
The gandens around the lodeg were beautifully maintained and I was really taken with the lovely tropical flowers. Coming... more travel advice
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