Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha
Duration: Half Day
Travelling from lake to lake during your holiday in Kenya will reward you with an unforgettable journey of spectacular scenery and contrasts, in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This breathtaking tour will take you to Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, where you can view dramatic landscapes and an abundance of African wildlife in and around the lakes and National Parks.
Stretching across the African continent, from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to Mozambique in East Africa, the Great Rift Valley is an amazing natural attraction which offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world −from glaciers, volcanoes and desert to rocky cliffs, forest and lakes. Some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery can be witnessed in Kenya, which is also where you will find some of the best wildlife parks in Africa. The Great Rift Valley is renowned for its unique ecosystem, so wildlife lovers will be in their element.
Out tour starts by driving in a purpose-built Safari Cruiser, heading north-west as we descend to the floor of the Great Rift Valley. On the way we pass Mount Longonot, a massive dormant volcano which dominates the landscape for miles. It is protected by the Kenya Wildlife Service as part of Mount Longonot National Park. En-route there will be plenty of opportunities to take spectacular photographs and capture the memories.
Before lunch, we will arrive at the beautiful Lake Nakuru, a saltwater lake which is famous for attracting large flocks of lesser and greater flamingos. Watching this sea of bright pink birds filling the lakeshore and sky with colour is a spectacular sight not to be missed. The lake is rich in other birdlife, and you can also expect to see animals such as the black and white rhino within this large National Park, as well as large herds of waterbuck, buffalo, zebra, hippo, monkeys, lions, leopards and the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. We will take lunch at one of the lake’s lodges.
After lunch, we head back to Nairobi via Lake Naivasha, a beautiful freshwater lake which is fringed by thick papyrus and surrounded by forests of Acacia xanthophloea (yellow fever tree). The forests and lake support a thriving bird population of over 400 different species, making Naivasha a world class destination for bird lovers. The lake is abundant with fish, which attracts a variety of fish-eaters. Large numbers of herons can be spotted here, as well as fish eagles, pied kingfishers, ospreys, black crakes, lily-trotters and many more species.
A wide range of game is also attracted to the waters of the lake. You can see large numbers of hippos sleeping in the shallow waters, and buffalos wallowing in the swamps. You can also expect to see zebras grazing at the water’s edge, as well as impala (African antelope), giraffes, hartebeest, colobus monkeys and many more resident animals. We will have afternoon tea on the shores of the lake before returning to Nairobi.
This unforgettable African safari is a wonderful way to experience some of Kenya’s most spectacular natural wonders and wildlife.
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