Lake Naivasha is some 99 km to the north-west of Nairobi, and Lake Nakuru a little further away at 173 km, but both lie within the Great Rift Valley.
Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake 1,740 m above sea level. It has an abundance of algae which attracts an extraordinary number of flamingos to its shores. There is a variety of birdlife in abundance as well as wildlife such as black and white rhino, warthog, baboon, buffalo and other large plains animals. Altogether, 56 different species of mammals and almost 450 species of birds make this safari destination a birder's paradise.
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake with bountiful birdlife (over 400 species recorded) and an abundant population of hippo. It's also become well-known for its fishing, although the accidental introduction of common carp in the early 2000s has resulted in these fish making up around 90% of its current fish population.
As both lakes are close to Nairobi, Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha are interesting stopovers en-route to and from other safari destinations, like Aberdare National Park.
We have no scheduled safaris to Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha but can include one on a tailor-made Kenyan safari itinerary. We recommend spending at least 2 nights in the Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha area. Speak to us about your safari wishlist and we'd be more than happy to design a custom safari to suit your budget and requirements.