They say that Lake Naivasha is a mystery; it has no known outlet which is meant to be impossible for a fresh water lake and so it seems fitting that the lives and deaths of its inhabitants would be equally enigmatic.  It is a place of haunting beauty and there in its tangible ghostliness, it carries terrible secrets, tragedies and losses but it also tells incredible stories of exceptional people who chose to make it their home

Destination Magazine

Lake Naivasha

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An aerial view of Ziwani Island

Lake Naivasha, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, is renowned for its spectacular bird life withover 350 different species.  Being a fresh water lake it is ideal for a range of water sports from fishing to water skiing.  Other attractions include climing up Mt. Longonot, Golfing at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, game viewing and rock climbing in Hell’s gate, viewing flamingoes on the nearby Oloidien and Crater Lakes, visiting show case flower farms and the geothermal plant at Ol Karia.


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The lake has a surface area of 139 square kilometers and an average depth of 6 meters.  It is stocked with black bass , tilapia and carp and there is a thriving fishing industry around the lake.

The lake is at the highest elevation of the Kenya Rift Valley at 1890 meters (6200 feet) so the days are warm and the nights are pleasantly chilly.  The Lake Naivasha Riparian Association received the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award for its conservation efforts regarding the lake which is a renowned Ramsar site.