Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake a short drive away from Nairobi. Lake Naivasha is located about 80 kilometres from Nairobi. It’s the highest Lake in the Rift Valley, with the distinctive volcanic outline of Mount Longonot rising to the south. The name Naivasha is a corruption of the Maasai word enaiposha (restless water) in a possible reference to the rough waves that often sweep its surface in the afternoon.

The Gilgil and Malewa rivers flow into the swampy northern shores of Lake Naivasha.

First documented by a Scottish Geologist in 1884, the Lake Naivasha extends over approximately 140 square kilometres but has several inexplicable fluctuations with the recent flooding lately, increasing the overall surface area of the Lake tremendously.

On the shores of Lake Naivasha is Crescent Island. This was an original crater rim of an extinct volcanic crater, as seen from a bird’s eye view. The Crescent Island consists of the deepest part of Lake Naivasha and supports various wildlife, including waterbuck, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyenas and Gazelles.

Renowned as one of the important bird areas of Kenya, Lake Naivasha supports 500 different species, with large flotillas of the great white pelican being particularly conspicuous.

South of the Lake Naivasha is the Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary offers the best game viewing around Lake Naivasha with naturally occurring Leopard, Cheetah Plains Zebra and various grazers.

Lake Oloiden borders Lake Naivasha to the south.  Past the Elsamere, the South Lake road passes through a wilder landscape of towering forest of fever acacias and spiky Euphorbia sloping towards the alkaline shores of Lake Oloiden. Formerly part of Lake Naivasha, Oloiden is now separated from the southwest shore by a stretch of elevated land. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen here. Giraffes are particularly common, gliding serenely through the acacia trees.

Hells Gate National Park

The most overtly volcanic ok Kenya landscapes are protected within a 68Km square national park whose name refers to a dramatic steep-sided valley carved by a former outlet of Lake Naivasha. The region past geological instability is testified to by ancient lava plugs, steam vents and dormant volcanoes. The Hells Gate is also famous for the chance to walk and cycle among the animals. Hells Gate is one of the few places in Kenya where you can cycle and walk through big game herds. Thompson Gazelle, Grants gazelle, Giraffe, Buffalo, Zebra, Impala and Eland are among the animals spotted quickly.

The Hells gate also has deep gorges where one can hike and encounter the deep gulleys and hot springs inside the gorges.

Visiting Lake Naivasha – Kenya

  • Lake Naivasha is 80 Kilometers from Nairobi and 2 hours’ drive
  • The road to Lake Naivasha is well paved and has easy access to the Lake
  • You can have a Boat Safari in the Lake with a walking safari at Crescent Island.


Naivasha Kongoni Lodge

Ideally placed to enjoy the many delights that Naivasha has to offer, wake up to breathtaking views of Lake Oloiden, engulf yourself in nature and enjoy the most serene escape right here at Naivasha Kongoni Lodge.

Naivasha Kongoni Lodge offers guests the ultimate in personal comfort and luxury leisure facilities. The sixteen individual well-spaced cottages and the thirteen deluxe cottages have two bedrooms in one suite. In addition, the lodge has three executive cottages; each has a delightful veranda deck that allows you to soak in stunning panoramic views of Lake Oloiden.

Spacious interiors are styled with a varied mix of rich colours and inviting textures and layers, making Naivasha Kongoni Lodge an idyllic retreat.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Situated on the shores of Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake whose surface area depends on the rainfall. Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys. Also, a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns.

Twenty-one cottages are built in a crescent shape, and each has four rooms, totalling 80 standard rooms and two suites. Two of these rooms are suitable for the physically challenged. Six of the 21 cottages have interconnecting rooms on the ground floor. In addition, the resort has two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen and pizzeria.

Lake Naivasha Country Club

Located on the shores of one of the gems in the necklace of the Rift Valley Lakes; perfect for both active and leisure travellers.

The resort dates back to the 1930s and has since been transformed into a sprawling 55-acre property with various accommodations and guest facilities, including cottages, a swimming pool, and sumptuous gourmet dining. The nearby Crescent Island is a haven for zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and giraffes for adventurers.

The resort has 50 elegant rooms, including Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Executive Cottages, Executive Suites and a Presidential Suite (two-bedroom cottage). All rooms have en suite facilities, elegant and excellent; the resident’s lounge has large bay windows. The bar is cosy and adjoins an immaculately equipped snooker room.

Enashipai Resort & Spa

Located within the splendour of the Rift Valley & by the shores of Lake Naivasha, Enashipai is close to some of Kenya’s key attractions. With lovely spacious rooms, a heated pool, a modern spa & a complementary facility, the resort offers mind & body rejuvenation.

All rooms are indulgently spacious and comfortable, offering sweeping views of the surrounding hills or the lush tropical gardens spilling over their banks. The African-inspired, elegant executive rooms are decorated with chic decor and provide you with a flat-screen TV, fan and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The private bathrooms have a bath and a shower and are fitted with bathrobes.

Senteu Restaurant offers fine dining, and drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the Ol’Tepesi Bar and the Lakeside Bar. Enashipai Resort also features a coffee lounge and barbecue facilities.

Loldia House

Set on the north-western shores and enjoying a spectacular view over Lake Naivasha, Loldia House is a peaceful, beautiful and traditional farmhouse retreat with a rich heritage, offering glimpses into a bygone era. Loldia House was completely refurbished in 2018 to refresh the classic elegance of a place steeped in history. A new infinity pool positioned on a rocky outcrop between two ancient fig trees has beautiful views out to the lake.

Loldia House sits in a conservancy of 6500 acres that stretches from the shores of Lake Naivasha back to the edges of the lush and beautiful Eburru Forest. Set in flower-filled gardens and soft lawns, the greenery surrounding Loldia House is grazed daily and nightly by the conservancy’s resident wildlife – hippos, impala, waterbuck, giraffe and warthog.

Nine beautifully adorned en-suite cottages enjoy lake views and provide a chic yet traditional style haven in which to relax. Loldia is ideally located to enjoy many different activities, discovering the varying landscapes and wildlife areas of the Great Rift Valley.