Hippos in the water at Lake Naivasha

Safaris to Lake Naivasha

About Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake, unlike many in the Rift Valley region which are soda lakes, and backed by purple-hued mountains with floating islands of vegetation dotting the water's surface. The lake is shallow and the area varies depending on the rainfall, ranging from 114 to 990 square kilometres. The name Naivasha is a British corruption of the original Masai name of Nai'posha, meaning 'rough water', so named for the surprisingly strong afternoon winds that can unsettle the lake's water and make it quite rough.

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Lake Naivasha Tours

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Lake Naivasha Hotels

If you are planning a Lake Naivasha holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Elsamere Conservation Centre Lake Naivasha

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Originally the home of Joy and George Adamson, the Elsamere Conservation Centre is of great historical and cultural significance. The rooms in the lodge are cosy and comfortable and all have verandahs with lake views, allowing guests to make the most of their stunning natural surroundings. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are all served in the dining room. Elsamere Conservation Centre is situated on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley.

Lake Naivasha Country Club Lake Naivasha

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The historic Lake Naivasha Country Club became famous in the 1930s as a staging post for a flying boat service between Durban and London. Featuring old colonial architecture typical of the period, the Country Club provides comfortable accommodation in rooms and cottages set in 12 hectares of green lawn shaded by green mature acacias and spreading fever trees. Guests can soak in the views through the large bay windows of the resident's lounge or enjoy a game of snooker in the cozy bar. The property also features a pool and spa with a variety of activities available. The hotel is on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge Lake Naivasha

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Set within attractive, manicured grounds on the banks of Lake Naivasha, the Simba Lodge offers an ambient stay with finely furnished guestrooms featuring wrought iron and mahogany furniture. The restaurant serves an array of tempting dishes from local cuisine to international. Watch the day pass by from the heated swimming pool or indulge in the health and beauty rooms. The lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Naivasha and is only 90 minutes away from Nairobi by road.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge Lake Naivasha

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Set amongst extensive gardens filled with frangipani and protea, the Sopa Lodge in Naivasha is an ideal location for exploring the local area. Double storied cottages with spacious rooms, beautiful en suite facilities and private balconies all set around a crescent shape make up the lovely accommodation here. The pool bar is a great way to cool off at the end of the day and if guests feel peckish they can head to the pizzaria next to the pool for a taste of Italy. The lodge is on the southern shores of Lake Naivasha.

Lake Naivasha Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Lake Naivasha.

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Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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