Lake Naivasha, approximately 100 kilometres distant from the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, is the larger of two extraordinary freshwater lakes within the Great Rift Valley.
Lake Naivasha covers an area of 250 square kilometres. Its waters are cold but with a maximum depth of only fifteen metres, relatively shallow.
The biosphere of Lake Naivasha is of great ecological importance for the wildlife of Rift Valley and the landscape is of particular interest to ornithologists. To date, around 350 bird species have been recorded, among them are rare and spectacular varieties such as Marabus and Cormorants.
The lake’s huge quantities of fish attract a large number of seabirds, most notably the Pelican, that has seemed to have taken a liking to the second largest freshwater lake in Kenya.
The nesting places along the shores of Lake Naivasha are mostly located high up in the trees and are very popular with both the indigenous birds and many migratory varieties.
This region became world famous after Joy Adamson, a British artist and nature conservationist, wrote a famous book about lions that was subsequently made into a film, 'Elsa the Lioness'.