Lake Naivasha & Crescent Island Day Tour

1 Day
  • English
  • Private car
  • Private tour
  • Private tour guide


Embark on a Lake Naivasha day tour and be immersed in the tranquil embrace of one of Kenya’s most picturesque freshwater lakes. Nestled within the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha beckons with its shimmering waters, abundant birdlife, and the gentle giants – the hippos. Whether you’re navigating its calm expanse on a boat, bird-watching, or simply soaking in the scenic views, a day at Lake Naivasha promises a refreshing connection with nature, just a short journey from the hustle of urban life.

A haven of tranquility and untouched beauty, Crescent Island stands as one of Lake Naivasha’s crowning jewels. This preserved sanctuary is not just an island but also a peninsula, extending into the shimmering waters of the lake. With no predators, Crescent Island offers a unique opportunity for walking safaris, allowing visitors to wander amidst giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, with the gentle lapping of lake waters as a soundtrack. The island’s elevated terrain provides panoramic views of the lake and its surroundings, making it a photographer’s dream and a nature lover’s paradise.

Tour Highlights

  • Boat Rides: Sail on the serene waters of Lake Naivasha, observing hippos up close and appreciating the calm of the lake.
  • Bird-Watching: With over 400 bird species, spot the likes of African fish eagles, kingfishers, and pelicans in their natural habitat.
  • Crescent Island: Visit this protected sanctuary, a haven for walking safaris amidst free-roaming giraffes, zebras, and antelopes.
  • Hippo Point: Witness groups of hippos in their natural habitat, a unique opportunity to observe their behaviors and interactions.
  • Scenic Photography: Capture the breathtaking landscapes, from the distant mountains to the sun-kissed lake waters.
  • Flora Exploration: Discover the rich aquatic plants and the fringing acacia forests, offering a green counterpoint to the blue of the lake.
  • Local Fishermen: Observe traditional fishing methods, as locals cast their nets and lines, harmonizing with the rhythm of the lake.
  • Lunch by the Lakeside: Savor a meal with panoramic views of the lake, making for a memorable dining experience.


Begin the journey with a scenic drive from Nairobi or your location, transitioning from urban landscapes to the picturesque vistas of the Great Rift Valley.

2 hours

Step aboard a boat to traverse the lake’s tranquil expanse, where the gentle ripples are occasionally punctuated by the sight of hippos and the calls of myriad birds. Board a boat and glide across the lake’s calm surface. Marvel at the hippos that occasionally breach the waters and the multitude of bird species circling above and resting by the shores.

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Indulge in a delightful meal with views of the lake, savoring local and international cuisines while enjoying the cool lakeside breeze.

A short boat ride will take you to Crescent Island. Wander the pathways of this unique sanctuary, walking alongside zebras, giraffes, and antelopes. The lack of predators offers a safe and immersive wildlife experience. Capture panoramic shots from the island’s vantage points, with Lake Naivasha stretching out beneath. Wander amidst free-roaming zebras, giraffes, and antelopes on the island, appreciating the unique intimacy this predator-free environment offers. The island’s elevated terrains also provide a splendid vantage point, with vistas of Lake Naivasha’s shimmering waters stretching beneath the horizon.

With over 400 bird species around Lake Naivasha,  deepen your connection with nature with a guided bird-watching walk around the lake. Revel in the diversity of avian life, spotting anything from darting kingfishers to majestic eagles, all while being enveloped in the tranquil ambiance. As the day nears its end, witness the rhythmic dance of local fishermen, casting their nets in harmony with the lake’s timeless rhythm.

Before leaving, take a moment to observe local fishermen as they showcase their traditional methods, harmonizing their actions with the lake’s rhythm. This is a chance to appreciate the coexistence of local communities with nature.



  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel/residence
  • Transport in a private vehicle
  • Fresh bottled drinking water
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Naivasha
  • Boat ride fee


  • Lunch available for purchase

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Lake Naivasha & Crescent Island Day Tour