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Naivasha is an adventurer’s paradise. Situated just an hour’s drive from Nairobi, this town is quite popular with families, couples, newlyweds and solo travellers looking for a weekend’s fun away from the city. This town’s wealth of attractions and its range of accommodation options diversify its tourism offerings. You can stay in the town centre, or on the shores of the lake either in a resort or a camp. If you want more intimacy and tranquility, there are numerous luxury cottages too.

What to Do in Naivasha

In this town, you can ride a horse or a bicycle alongside wildlife, enjoy a thrilling rock climbing expedition, view wildlife and enjoy magical sun downers over Lake Naivasha or Lake Elementaita.

This Great Rift Valley town is also a hub for horticultural farming. There are dozens of large scale farms along the shores of the lake. These farms grow flowers, fruits and other produce mainly for export. It makes agriculture another of the key economic activities in Naivasha.

Best Campsites, Hotels & Luxury Camps in Naivasha

Camping in Naivasha is one of the exciting things to do when exploring that side of the Great Rift Valley. Naivasha presents a range of adventures to experience when camping there. These activities include a tour of the gorges of Hell’s Gate National Park, swimming in Ol Karia Geothermal Spa and hiking Mount Longonot.

The best setting for camping in Naivasha is along the shores of Lake Naivasha. Camps and hotels along Moi South Lake Road are ideal. Here’s a look at three options to choose from when camping in Naivasha.

Camping in Naivasha hotels

Top hotels with camping facilities are:

  • Burch’s Resort

Burch Resort’s extensive camping grounds can host team building activities too.

Meals (Lunch) – KSh 1,500

Camping in a 4 people tent plus breakfast – KSh 4,000 per night

Website: http://www.burchsresort.co.ke

Mobile: 0712 333 136

  • Fish Eagle Inn

Fish Eagle Inn’s spacious camping grounds have lush grass and the shade of mature acacia trees.

Camping fee – adult KSh 500, child KSh 250

A two people tent/per night – KSh 700

A four people tent/per night – KSh 1,400

Beddings (1 mattress + 2 blankets) – KSh 350 per night

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner is KSh 1,000, 1,500, 1,500 respectively

Website: http://www.fisheagleinn.co.ke

Mobile: 0722665800

  • Triple Eden Resort

Triple Eden Resort is a budget facility a short distance from the Moi South Lake Road. You can reach this resort by matatu from Naivasha Town.

2 man tent and beddings – KSh 1,950, 4 man tent and beddings KSh 3,450

2 man tent and beddings (Dec 23rd to Jan 5th) – KSh 1,950, 4 man tent and beddings KSh 3,900

Website: http://www.tripleedenresort.com

Mobile: 0708 915 770

Best Campsites in Naivasha

  • Fisherman’s Camp

As one of the established camping sites in Naivasha, Fisherman’s Camp has a range of exciting activities.

Camping fee (with own tent) – adults KSh 700, child under 12 years KSh 350

A two people tent inclusive of beddings – KSh 2,400 per night

Meals – breakfast is about KSh 500, while lunch and dinner ranges between KSh 800 and KSh 1,000. The restaurant is a separate establishment, and these rates depend on what you order.

Website: http://www.fishermanscamp.com

Mobile: 0792597228

  • Crayfish Camp

Set on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Crayfish is one of the most popular camps in Naivasha. It welcomes day guests too for boat rides on Lake Naivasha or for a meal at the camp’s restaurant.

Camping fee – KSh 2300 per person

Meals – KSh 1,000, KSh 1,800, KSh 1,800 for breakfast, lunch and dinner respectively.

Mobile: 0720226829

  • Camp Carnelley’s

Camp Carnelley’s lush grounds and the panorama of Lake Naivasha make it a great place to camp. Its camping facilities include modern flush toilets and showers with hot water.

Website: http://www.campcarnelleys.com

Mobile: 0722 260 749

  • Camp Oloiden

This camp is set on the less popular Lake Oloiden, which is a volcanic crater lake situated south west of Lake Naivasha. Guests pitch their tents on a serene spot facing the lake.

Camping in a two people tent – KSh 3,500 per night

Beddings hire – KSh 1,000 per set

Meals – breakfast and lunch is about KSh 600, 400 respectively. Most campers prepare their meals on-site.

Website: http://oloidencamp.com

Mobile: 0708 798 075

  • Sanctuary Farm

At Sanctuary Farm, you pitch a tent under indigenous trees, on lush grass, on the shores of Lake Naivasha.  This campsite has a modern shower block.

Mobile: 0722761940

Website: http://www.sanctuaryfarmkenya.com

  • Crater Lake Camp

This award winning camp is within the 87 ha of an extinct volcanic crater in Naivasha. Within the crater is a scenic crater lake whose water has an iconic green colour.

Camping fee per night (with own tent) – adults KSh 500, child KSh 250

Tent hire inclusive of beddings – KSh 1,500 per person, KSh 2, 500 for two, KSh 3, 000 three people sharing

Camping with meals – KSh 5,000 full board per person, KSh 8,000 full board for two

Website: http://www.craterlakecamp.com

Landline: 254-050-2020613

Luxury camps in Naivasha

  • Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp

Thinking of camping in Naivasha on the shores of the lake? Then book a luxury tent in Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp. The tents are raised on stilts for guests to view the stunning surroundings from a private balcony. Additionally, these tents are set apart, for ultimate privacy of occupants. On site, you can go swimming. Nearby, you can explore Lake Naivasha. In the surrounding area, you can visit other Naivasha attractions like Hell’s Gate National Park and Crescent Island.

Website: http://crescentcamp.com

Mobile: 0720404485

  • Kiboko Luxury Camp

Sun Africa’s Naivasha property, Kiboko Luxury Camp, has spacious stylishly furnished tents set on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The location is excellent for a relaxing weekend away from the rush of the city, and this camp has 8 tents only. The tents are en-suite, and for the ultimate dining experience, there is a restaurant and a dining room. Alone, with your partner or family, this camp will awe you.

Website: http://sunafricahotels.com/kiboko-luxury-camp-naivasha

Mobile: 0703048000

  • Eutut Camp

Eutut Camp, formerly known as the Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp, has magnificent view of Lake Elementaita, one of the less popular but enchanting attractions in Naivasha. This luxury Naivasha camp has a restaurant, a bar, and you can enjoy dining outdoors, guided nature walks and excursions in Naivasha attractions.

Now you know where to go for the best camping in Naivasha experience.

NB: The rates above may change seasonally. Kindly call the property to confirm the current rates.

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20 Self-catering Cottages in Naivasha & Hotels with Cottages

If you are looking for self-catering cottages in Naivasha, or Naivasha hotels with cottages, I have compiled 20 of the most popular cottages for you. Some of these properties are budget cottages while others are plush chalets on a ranch or a game sanctuary.

  1. Fisherman’s Camp Cottages

Fisherman’s camp, set on the shores of the lake, has some of the cheapest cottages in Naivasha. These budget friendly chalets have a variety of bed capacities, and some are on self-catering basis. Of its self-catering cottages, Kasuku Cottage is the largest, with two bedrooms, a  kitchen and an outside deck.  The whole cottage accommodates 6 people; one bedroom has one double and one single bed while the second bedroom has three single beds.

Karibu Cottage has one a double & a single room, a living room and a fully-furnished kitchen. Kwasi Cottage has a double room and a kitchen, while Kitete Cottage has a double and two single rooms.

  1. Signature Cottages

Signature Cottages in Naivasha are about 2 km from the town. Accommodation is available in a variety of houses.  You could stay in a 5, 4 or 2 bedroom house. All cottages have a kitchen and en-suite facilities.

Website: http://signaturecottages.com

  1. Olerai House cabin

Away from Olerai House’s farmhouse is a quaint cabin for travellers who want privacy while exploring Naivasha. At this property, you have a game sanctuary to explore even on horseback, and you can visit neighbouring attractions like Crescent Island. By road, it takes about 2 hours from Nairobi to Olerai House. This property is on Moi North Lake Road. By air, you can fly to Loldia Airstrip since it is a few minutes away from the property.

Website: http://www.olerai.com

Mobile: +254 713 037 886

  1. Shwari Cottages

Shwari Cottages in Naivasha suits anyone looking for a quiet, secluded location with great views.  The cottages are set On a ranch within the Great Rift, overlooking Mount Longonot. Shwari Cottages have a furnished kitchen, a swimming pool on-site, and staff who include security guards.

Contact Shwari Cottages through Facebook – https://web.facebook.com/Shwari101

Mobile: 0728 600199

  1. Butterfly Cottage

Butterfly Cottage is ideal for small groups or a couple looking for a self-catering cottage in Naivasha. It is an intimate, modern cottage suitably set on serene grounds with unmistakably great views of the lake. The cottage’s bedroom has one double bed and two singles. It has a furnished kitchen, an open-plan living area, and an en-suite bathroom. There is a swimming pool on the property too.

  1. Lakai House and Cottages

If you are looking for family cottages in Naivasha, check out Lakai House and cottage. It has 4 rooms, providing accommodation for eight people.

  1. Dafina Holiday Cottage

For accommodation in a scenic setting, with a variety of unique activities such as golfing, stay at Dafina Holiday Cottage.  This cottage is situated in the lush grounds of the Great Rift Valley Lodge. It has self-catering facilities and an on-site shop where you can buy groceries. If you would rather relax and have someone else prepare your meals, you can dine at the lodge’s restaurant.

Website: http://www.dafinaholidaycottage.com

Mobile: +254 721 77 11 81

  1. Wileli House

Wileli House’s chalets are some of the most luxurious cottages in Naivasha. You can stay either in the Hippo or in the Dik Dik cottage. Both cottages are two bedroom units with en-suite facilities, a kitchen, a lounge and a private veranda.

This property is within a beautiful game sanctuary teeming with a variety of species such as giraffes. At Wileli House, you can explore the sanctuary, enjoy meals at the Bistro Restaurant or have some quite time in the spa.

Website: http://wilelihouse.com

Mobile: +254 707 156146

  1. Mimosa Cottage

This 4 bedroom cottage is within the Great Rift Valley Golf Club.  It accommodates 8 guests, in en-suite rooms. Each bedroom has two single beds. The bedrooms have a balcony, which is on the first floor of the round-shaped cottage.  Other facilities are a dining area, a sitting room and a BBQ area outdoors.

  1. Ole Itiko Cottages

Ole Itiko Cottages in Naivasha are on the shores of Lake Oloiden, in the Kongoni area of Naivasha.

These cottages are all on self-catering basis. There are four cottages, each with different bed capacities.

  • Ole Itiko Cottage 1

It has three bedrooms comprising of two double beds rooms and one single beds room. This cottage accommodates six people. It has a kitchen, a dining room and a lounge.

  • Ole Itiko Cottage 2

This cottage has two bedrooms. One room has a king size bed while the other room has two single beds. Other facilities in this cottage are a dining room, a living area and a kitchen.

  • Ole Itiko Cottage 3

This cottage has three king size beds. It accommodates six people. It also has a kitchen and a dining room.

  • Ole Itiko Cottage 4

Also called the annex, this cottage accommodates four people. It has one bedroom, with two double beds.

Website: http://www.oleitikocottages.com

Mobile: +254 723 161436

  1. Ol Larashi House

Ol Larashi House is 2 bedroom self-catering cottage with a kitchen, a living area and a private veranda. This property is in Naivasha’s Green Park estate, on a farm. It accommodates four guests.

  1. Ajabu House – cottages

Ajabu House is a bungalow situated on the pristine Loldia Farm. In addition to this main house are two cottages.

  • Siriane Guest Cottage

Siriane Guest Cottage accommodates 4 people, in two en-suite double bedrooms.

  • Muse Guest Cottage

This cottage occupies a building that housed the farm’s offices. Muse Guest Cottage accommodates 9 people. It has one family room and two en-suite double bedrooms. The family room has a double bed, and three single beds.

Website: http://www.ajabuhouse.com

Mobile: +254 733 609 862 or +254 733 639 640

  1. Leleshwa House

Leleshwa House is located in Green Park estate Naivasha, and it accommodates 8 guests in four bedrooms. The master bedroom is on the first floor, with an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room.  Leleshwa House has 3 ½ baths and a kitchen too though you can hire a chef.  There is a solar heated swimming pool on-site.  If you are travelling in a group of six people, you can stay in the adjacent Makuti Cottage.

Contact the host through Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13120172

  1. The Lake House

This five bedroom cottage accommodates 16 people, in five bedrooms. Each bedroom sleeps two people in double beds, but 2 bedrooms can be turned into a dorm with a capacity of 10 people. Lake House is a self-catering cottage. It has a living room, a balcony and a swimming pool.

  1. Lahai Cottage

Lahai Cottage sits in 25 acres of lush gardens overlooking attractions in the Great Rift Valley. It is close to the Great Rift Valley Lodge so golfers have a place to spend the day. This cottage has a capacity of six guests. The bedrooms are on the upper floor, and the house has a dining room, a spacious sitting room with views of the gardens, and a furnished kitchen, and a swimming pool on-site. This family friendly cottage provides a baby cot upon request, and you can also ask for a cook’s services.

  1. Mumbi Cottage

Mumbi Cottage is a three bedrooms and three bathrooms holiday home.  This double storey cottage has a living room, and a furnished kitchen. It accommodates six people.

Contact Mumbi Cottage through Tripadvisor – https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g317067-d12007606-Mumbi_Cottage-Naivasha_Rift_Valley_Province.html

  1. Makuti Cottage

Makuti Cottage is one of the family cottages in Naivasha, offering a range of fun activities like swimming, and horse riding about five minutes from the cottage.  Children also have a tree house on-site. This luxury cottage is close to the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort, which means golfing enthusiasts have something to do when they are not exploring Naivasha’s attractions.

Makuti Cottage Naivasha has two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  One of the bedrooms has spectacular view of the lake and rest of the Great Rift Valley region. This cottage has a capacity of six people. If you are in the company of a bigger group, you can stay in Leleshwa House, which is close to Makuti Cottage.

Contact Makuti Cottage through Tripadvisor – https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g317067-d12059302-Makuti_Cottage-Naivasha_Rift_Valley_Province.html

  1. La Terazza House

From the large deck on the upper floor, guests are treated to a sweeping view of the private sanctuary this property sits on. La Terazza House hosts 8 guests, in four en-suite double rooms. Three of these rooms have bathtubs.

 Its clean, homely feel makes it’s a great place to escape Nairobi’s rushed life. Additionally, you will be in a private sanctuary near lakes Naivasha and Oloiden. You could book it as a self-catering guest, or request for a chef services. The kitchen has modern appliances, and housekeeping services are available.

La Terazza House is one of the considerably chic but affordable cottages in Naivasha because if you are in a group of 8 people, you take the whole cottage at KSh 25,000 a night plus KSh 2,000 for a chef service per day (call to confirm the current rates).

Website: http://laterrazza.co.ke

Mobile: 0722511409

  1. Chalet at River House

If you do not wish to stay close to Lake Naivasha, spend the night in Gilgil. Stay in a two bedroom  with four beds and one bathroom. This secluded and quiet self-catering cottage has one of the most beautiful views of Naivasha. The chalet sits in an indigenous forest. The chalet at River House accommodates four guests.

Contact Chalet at River House through TripAdvisor –

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/VacationRentalReview-g317067-d10409980-Chalet_at_River_House-Naivasha_Rift_Valley_Province.html

  1. Great Rift Valley Lodge & Gold Resort cottages

These cottages range from two to five bedroom chalets, boasting a capacity of four to 10 people. Some cottages, such as the five bedroom units, are built in storey houses to offer some bedrooms upstairs.

So, where would you like to spend your holiday in Naivasha?

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10 Exciting Things to do in Naivasha

If you still have Naivasha on your bucket list, you are missing out. It should be one of the places you have already visited in Kenya. Pack your rucksack, call a couple of friends and head out in pursuit of the most memorable things to do in Naivasha. To get you started on that list of adventures, here are 10 adventures I think you should have experienced already.

1. A tour of Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park’s adventures are cycling, rock climbing, walking in picturesque gorges and game viewing.  You don’t have to bring your bike; rent a bike at the KWS office and cycle through the plains while viewing wild animals. A day tour of Hell’s Gate is one of the most publicised things to do in Naivasha, and for a valid reason because the park’s gorges and its plains, with otherworldly rocks, are amazing.

Hell’s Gate National Park Prices

Park entry citizens – adult KSh 300, child KSh 215

Residents – adult KSh 600, child KSh 300

Non – residents – adult USD 26, child USD 17

Vehicle entry less than 6 seats – KSh 300

Rock climbing – KSh 500 per person

Cycling fee (if you have own bike) – KSh 215

Bicycle hire – KSh 500

2. A tour of Crescent Island

On the eastern side of Lake Naivasha is Crescent Island, a strip of land that floats over the freshwater lake. You can drive to this island through Sanctuary Farm, along Moi South Lake Road. There is not much to see here, but it is one of the top things to do in Naivasha for the sheer ease of walking along the shores of Lake Naivasha. Giraffes, impalas, a variety of birds and monkeys are some of the island’s fauna. Additionally, the vistas around the lake; and the view of other Great Rift attractions like Mount Longonot is worth the trip to Crescent Island.

On Crescent Island, you will find the Terminal and Customs sheds that date back to the 1940s when Lake Naivasha was a landing spot for flights from England to South Africa.

Crescent Island Charges

Park entry residents & citizens – adult KSh 800, child KSh 400

Non – residents – adult USD 3, child USD 15

Vehicle entry at Sanctuary Farm – about KSh 400

3. A picnic on Crescent Island

When in Naivasha, ditch restaurant meals and head to Crescent Island for a relaxing walk and a picnic. Drive through Sanctuary Farm, alongside wildebeests, zebras and waterbucks, to find a nice picnic spot on the lake shores or on a hill on the island. Imagine enjoying sandwiches and fresh fruit juice, catching up with friends and family members, while delighting in views of giraffes and impalas.

4. Camping on the shores of the lake

Camping is one of the most popular things to do in Naivasha especially for groups and families looking for a holiday destination not far from Nairobi. Instead of exploring Naivasha in a day, spend the night for an under the canvas experience. Spend the day in Hell’s Gate National Park or other major attraction in Naivasha, and retreat to a camp for dinner and rest ahead of a second day of adventure. You could combine a tour of Hell’s Gate with a tour of Crescent Island.

Top camps and hotels with camping sites are Fisherman’s Camp, Crayfish Camp, Burch Resort and Fish Eagle Inn. Find out more about camping rates in Naivasha.

5. Swimming in Ol Karia Geothermal Spa

Ol Karia is a geothermal power plant adjacent to Hell’s Gate National Park. This power station houses a unique attraction, a swimming pool with naturally heated water. The temperatures are between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius. The water is harvested from wells in the power plant, and fed into a large pool with a capacity of 400 people. Ol Karia Geothermal Spa has a children’s pool too.

Ol Karia Geothermal Spa prices

Citizens – adult KSh 400, child KSh 100

Residents – adult KSh 1,000, child KSh 500

Non – residents – adult KSh 1,800, child KSh 850

6. A Tour of Wileli Conservancy

While camping at Camp Oloiden, enjoy a nature walk in Wileli Conservancy, which is a private conservation area.  Animals to see in Wileli Conservancy include giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and about 200 species of birds.  Additionally, Camp Oloiden organises Maasai boma visits.

7. Horse riding in Sanctuary Farm

Horse riding is not one of the most popular things to do in Naivasha, but riding a horse in Sanctuary Farm will be one of your most memorable adventures. Sanctuary Farm is a family-run 400 acre property on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Nestled in mature acacia trees, this dairy farm is also a conservation area teeming with gazelles, impalas, giraffes, waterbucks, buffalos and a variety of bird species.

Horse riding in Sanctuary Farm is your unobtrusive encounter with the hundreds of mammals that roam the acacia forest. Get close to them, but from the back of your horse; watch these species graze, and follow them as they explore the shores of the lake.

Sanctuary Farm Naivasha prices

Conservancy fee – KSh 500 per person

Horse riding – KSh 3, 000 (per hour)

8. Hiking Mount Longonot

Hike to the crater of this extinct volcano, and go around it to see its full splendour. In about 7 hours, you can hike to the crater and back. Mount Longonot day hikes cost between KSh 2, 000 and KSh 2,500 for Kenyan citizens. These packages are inclusive of transport from Nairobi, guide fees, park entry fees and in some cases, lunch.

You can also drive to Mount Longonot with your friends, pay the park entry, vehicle entry and guide fees, and explore this attraction. Carry plenty of drinking water, energy drinks, and food.

Mt Longonot Charges

Park entry citizens – adult KSh 300, child KSh 215

Residents – adult KSh 600, child KSh 300

Non – residents – adult USD 26, child USD 17

Vehicle entry Less than 6 seats – KSh 300

9. A boat ride on Lake Naivasha

Before you leave Naivasha, explore the lake. Enjoy a 30 minutes to one hour boat ride on the lake, viewing birds, hippos and other species. The lake also yields panoramic view of other Great Rift attractions.

Lake Naivasha boat ride price

Crayfish Camp boat ride – KSh 2,000 per half hour per boat (seats 7 people)

Fisherman’s Camp boat ride – KSh 3,500 per hour per boat (seats 7 people)

Fish Eagle Inn boat ride – KSh 3,000 per hour or KSh 1,500 per half hour per boat

Sanctuary Farm boat ride – KSh 3,000 per boat (seats 6 people)

10. Fishing in Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is one of the two freshwater Great Rift Valley lakes in Kenya (the other is Lake Baringo). Enjoy a fishing excursion in Lake Naivasha when staying in camps and resorts around it. Such camps include Camp Carnelley’s and Fisherman’s Camp.

These 10 activities top the list of things to do in Naivasha. Did I forget to mention any activity you think is a must-attempt in Naivasha?

Sources: KWS and the websites of the attractions mentioned in the article.

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