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Lake Naivasha

 Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, lying north west of Nairobi, outside the town of Naivasha. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. The name derives from the local Maasai name Nai'posha, meaning "rough water" because of the sudden storms which can arise. The lake has a surface area of 139 km², and is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 square km, but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. It is situated at an altitude of 1,884 metres (6,180ft). The lake has an average depth of 6 m (20 ft), with the deepest area being at Crescent Island, at a maximum depth of 30 m (100 ft). Njorowa Gorge used to form the lake's outlet, but it is now high above the lake and forms the entrance to Hell's Gate National Park.

The lake is home to a variety of wildlife; over 400 different species of bird have been reported. There is a sizeable population of hippos in the lake. There are two smaller lakes in the vicinity of Lake Naivasaha: Lake Oloiden and Lake Sonachi (a green crater lake). The Crater Lake Game Sanctuary lies nearby, while the lake shore is known for its population of European immigrants and settlers. The town of Naivasha (formerly East Nakuru) lies on the north-east edge of the lake.

This attractive freshwater lake is only about 90 kilometres from Nairobi dominated by and well known as Kenya’s centre for floriculture and other horticulture practices. It will be easy to assume that Like Naivasha has little to offer the traveller. This is far from the case. Prolific birdlife - over 400 species recorded good game viewing and very attractive surroundings make Lake Naivasha an appealing venue for the beginning or end of a safari. There is plenty of accommodation around the lake from campsites and bandas to good hotels, lodges and unique home stays. Hell’s Gate National Park with its vertical ochre-cliff and awesome scenery is well known as one of the places to rock-climb in Kenya and is one of the few national parks where walking is permitted.