Lake Nakuru and Naivasha Highlights
An enormous geological fault-line, the Great Rift Valley divides Kenya neatly down the length of the country, separating east from west. Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru are 2 of the many lakes that have formed in the region.Along the lengths of the Rift Valley are volcanoes, most now dormant. Lake Nakuru has become a national park and supports a wide ecological diversity. It is home to large protected flocks of lesser flamingoes, which turn the lake a vivid pink. It is also famous for it pelicans, black and white rhino, colobus monkeys, as well as, numerous antelopes, buffalo and giraffe.Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake and is an important lifeline in the area. Its close proximity to Nairobi has made it an ideal weekend retreat. It is a mecca for bird lovers and researchers.
The fertile farmland of this area is heavily contrasted by uninhabitable desert, flat arid plains and steep escarpments. It is characterised by many shallow mineral and freshwater lakes, such as Naivasha and Nakuru.These lakes are 2 of the top visits in the area. They host some excellent wildlife, while exciting boating safaris can be organised, which prove to be a very different way to experience Kenya.Both Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha's close proximity to Nairobi makes them an ideal location for a quick safari fix and the addition of some beautiful colonial heritage.At the beginning of the 20th Century, Naivasha completely dried up and was used as farmland, until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to swallow up the new establishments.
Lake Nakuru and Naivasha Game Viewing and Activities
The Great Rift Valley is home to a diversity of animals and birdlife. There is an abundance of plains game and nocturnal animals, such as aardvark, civet, serval, leopard and striped hyena. Cheetah, lion and elephant are found in the swamp and grassy plains.Other wildlife in the area includes buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, gazelle and many more. Much of the topography in the area was shaped by volcanic movement of the Great Rift Valley, which adds to the spectacular scenery.Nearby is Hell's Gate National Park, one of only two parks in Kenya where guests are allowed to explore by foot. Another attraction close to this area is the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary.Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species, including huge flocks of flamingoes and many other water birds.
Lake Nakuru and Naivasha Seasons and Climate
Kenya lies on the equator and has a warm, tropical climate, but factors such as altitude and regional location can affect climate. Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius, but it is warmer on the coast.Due to its positioning on the equator, Kenya does not have a specific summer and winter, but seasons can be distinctly divided into dry and wet seasons.During the dry season (June to October) the sky is clear and the sun is shining, although these include the coldest months of the year. Early mornings can drop to around 12 degrees, so it is advised to pack warm clothing as morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold.During the wet season (November to May) daytime temperatures vary between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius, depending on altitude. A period of ‘short rains’ occur between November and December, while the main rainy season, called the ‘long rains’ arrive after a short dry spell, in March April and May.