Just a one-hour-drive from Nairobi Lake Naivasha is located: the highest lake in the East African Rift Valley. In the north it is bounded by the volcano Mount Eburru and in the south by the Olkaria volcano complex and the volcano Mount Longonot, to the west by ditch of the Mau escarpment and to the east by the Kinangop plateau and the Aberdare volcano complex. The lake is located at 1880m altitude, is 135km² big and is next to the Baringo Lake the only freshwater lake in the East African Rift Valley.

Naivasha Lake has its Masai name “wild water” (“nai’posha”) due to the heavy storms that can quickly arise especially in the afternoon and cause high waves.

The lake is home to innumerable animals: an impressive birdlife with around 400 different species of birds – from pelicans to white-tailed eagles to flamingos – and numerous hippos can be found in and around the lake. One can see animals especially from Crescent Island: a small island with gazelles, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests, zebras and rock pythons and a lot of other animals. It is under nature protection and is privately led. On the island you walk around among the wild animals and can approach them up to ten meters. There are no predators there, the only danger comes from the hippos in the lake, which leave the lake in the early evening and come to the island.

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