Exciting Places to Visit in Naivasha

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List of Places to Visit in Naivasha

  • Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Lake Elementaita
  • Crescent Island
  • Ol Karia
  • Mount Longonot
  • Kariandusi Pre-historic Site
  • Crater Lake
  • Lake Oloiden
  • Sanctuary Farm
  • Lake Naivasha

Naivasha, a market town, and a popular tourist destination has increasingly become a sensation to the tours & travel industry. This market town is located just one hour from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Here is a list of the most thrilling and exciting places to visit in Naivasha.

Naivasha has earned a reputation as a top tourist destination not just for domestic but also international tourists, and it is one place that has countless tourist attractions dotted in the magnificent Great Rift Valley.

Exciting places to visit in Naivasha

For your next adventure in Naivasha, consider checking out this fantastic list of places to visit in Naivasha.

1. Hell’s Gate National Park

This stunning attraction is located south of Lake Naivasha. There is a lot to see and do in this park.

Explore gorges, climb rocks, view wildlife, enjoy a nature walk and have a picnic in the park’s plains. Hell’s Gate is one of the best rock climbing destinations in Kenya. Wildlife to see in this park includes zebras, buffalos, gazelles, and hartebeests.

2. Lake Elementaita

This soda lake is near Gilgil Town. It is situated between Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha, which are other key attractions in the Rift Valley. Lake Elementaita is a Ramsar site, and it has both greater and lesser flamingos.

Sirville Lake Elementaita Lodge

3. Ol Karia

Visit the Ol Karia Geothermal Power Plant that situated near Hell’s Gate National Park.

Adjacent to this power plant is the Ol Karia Geothermal Spa, which has naturally heated water and is a great recreation spot. The pool has water with temperatures ranging from 30oC to 40oC.

Olkaria Geothermal Spa

4. Places to visit in Naivasha – Crescent Island

With a maximum depth of 30m (100ft), Crescent Island is the deepest area around Lake Naivasha. This Park is 15 minutes by boat from the shores of Lake Naivasha and 80 kilometres from Nairobi via the Moi South Lake Road.

While at the Crescent Island you can enjoy nature walks and view wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, dik-dik, steenbok, impala, and gazelles. This Park is also known as the bird sanctuary, and it hosts a variety of bird species.

Crescent Island

5. Kariandusi Pre-historic Site

Kariandusi confirms Kenya is the cradle of humankind. The fossils found here date back to the Early Stone Age, about a million years ago.  This attraction is close to Lake Elementaita.

Photo Courtesy: Magical Kenya

6. Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot is one of the attractions you see when driving into the Great Rift Valley. The purple silhouette of the 2,776m mountain stands out on the floor of the gorge, viewed from the Great Rift Valley View Point.

Mount Longonot is about 90km from Nairobi, and this extinct volcano is part of Mount Longonot National Park. Animals to see here include buffalos, zebras, giraffes, and gazelles. Mount Longonot is the best destination for a day hike.

7. Crater Lake

The Crater Lake is a green soda lake at the bottom of an extinct volcano on the western side of Lake Naivasha and north of the village of Kongoni, and it is located 10 kilometres from Naivasha town and about 90 km from Nairobi.

This Lake lies within a private game sanctuary with spectacular green water. The lake attracts many flamingoes, and the surrounding forests and plains have plenty of game (birds, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and elands.).

It is an excellent place to explore on foot as it has nature trails the vegetation around the crater.

Photo Courtesy: African Mecca Safaris

8. Lake Oloiden

Lake Oloiden is one of the least popular, but pristine places to visit in Naivasha. Flowers farms surround it. Lake Oloiden’s most striking feature is its flamingos.

Places to visit in Naivasha
Photo Courtesy: Oloiden Camp

9. Sanctuary Farm Horseback Safaris

This is a 500-acre spot located on the shores of the freshwater Lake Naivasha. Sanctuary Farm is the perfect place to use as a base for climbing Mt Longonot, rock climbing & gorge walking in Hell’s Gate, game viewing in Nakuru National Park.

While at this farm tourist can relax around the beautiful swimming pool and watch game grazing. Activities such as horse riding, bird watching, and cycling are on site. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle and tassel of city life.

Places to visit in Naivasha

10. Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is one of the freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. It is one of the best places to visit in Naivasha, to see the lake’s dense population of hippos and birds. Hotels near Lake Naivasha include Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Naivasha Kongoni Lodge and Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

Now you know the most exciting places to visit while in Naivasha. Take a look at our online travel Guide Kenya Safari Holidays and Best places to visit for other exciting things to do near you.

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