Lake Naivasha National Park Safari

Welcome to Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru are only about 2 hours apart. Additionally, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru are both located in Kenya’s rift valley. However, Naivasha is a fresh water lake in contrast with Nakuru which has a high concentration of sodium salts. Therefore, Naivasha has a more diversified ecosystem with a large population of resident hippos and over 400 different species of bird.

Naivasha means “rough water” in the local Maasai dialect because of the storms that can quickly arise on the lake. Also, of note is that Lake Naivasha is about twice the size of Lake Nakuru.

There are fish eagle boat tours which we intended to take advantage of. The idea is that if the guide throws fish into the lake near where the fish eagle is perched it will dive into the water and snatch the fish to the delight of onlookers. In theory, that is how it was supposed to work!

In addition, there was a small giraffe park on the lake shore and we were going to visit the local giraffes at the end of our lake tour.

Our Lake Naivasha Boat Ride Begins

As we were pulling away from the shoreline I noticed there was a hippo keeping a close eye on us.

Hippo seen near the shore - Lake Naivasha National Park Bird Safari

Traveling to Lake Naivasha “Fish Eagle” Island

As we traveled farther onto the lake towards the island where we would encounter the fish eagles we discovered this huge flock of birds. There must have been a large school of bait-fish in the area. This is what would typically attract bird species such as pelicans, cormorants and seagulls to be hanging around together.

Unfortunately, I think they got spooked by the boat motor and flew away.

Large flock of birds - Lake Naivasha National Park Safari

We encountered this huge flock of birds on the way to “Fish Eagle” Island. There must have been some bait fish in the area.

Photo Pelicans - Lake Naivasha National Park Safari

Lake Naivasha Has 400 Bird Species

There is a very diversified bird population here and I was able to get some good photos while we were locating the fish eagles. Here are some of the birds that we encountered.

Photo Egyptian Geese - Lake Naivasha National Park Safari

The Egyptian geese were very photogenic.

Yellow Billed Duck - Lake Naivasha National Park Safari

Pictured here is a yellow billed duck right before it was to take flight…..see continuation of the scene below.

Yellow Billed Duck - Lake Naivasha National Park Bird Safari

This yellow billed duck takes flight as we approach.

Photo Cormorant - Lake Naivasha National Park Bird Safari

This is a photo of a fishing cormorant. We would encounter many cormorants on the way to “Fish Eagle” Island.

Group of cormorants - Lake Naivasha National Park Bird Safari

A small group of fishing cormorants.

Cormorant Nests - Lake Naivasha Bird Safari

The cormorants were very numerous at Lake Naivasha. I would think by far the most numerous bird species residing here. There were thousands of these cormorant nests all over the lake.

To conclude my little photo exhibition of the birds we observed at Lake Naivasha I must proudly include the hadada ibis. This is the most notorious bird in all of Africa. Its notoriety is based on the loud noise it makes, especially in the morning. These birds are very common in South Africa and also Kenya.

Photo of hahada ibis - Lake Naivasha National Park Bird Safari

The ubiquitous hadada ibis bird photographed at “Fish Eagle” Island. These noisy birds are found throughout Kenya and South Africa.

Fishing at Lake Naivasha

Fishing is one of my favorite hobbies and therefore I am always interested when I see locals fishing. Due to poor economic conditions in Africa it is very common for locals to live off the land. We encountered some subsistence fisherman working their nets at Crescent Island.

Unfortunately, we did not have time to do any fishing here. I wonder if these guys ever get harassed by the local hippos?

Fishing at lake Naivasha National park

Subsistence fishermen we encountered at “Fish Eagle” Island.

The Fish Eagles at Lake Naivasha

The fish eagles located here are famous for diving in and picking up fish when they are thrown into the water. Here is how it went on the day we visited.

Feeding the Fish Eagles at Lake Naivasha National Park

The photo here is of our guide throwing fish into the lake as the fish eagles sit in the tree above.

Fish eagle at Lake Naivasha National Park Kenya

Well? Apparently the fish eagles were not hungry because they didn’t budge.

Slightly disappointed, we returned to the lake shore and we would hopefully have more luck getting some photos of the giraffes. However, I was very pleased overall with the other photos that I was able to get while we were out on the lake.

Lake Naivasha National Park Safari

We now returned to the shore in search of the giraffes.

The Giraffes at Lake Naivasha

The concept with the giraffes here is that they are in an enclosed area and it is possible to walk around with them. However, it is not a petting zoo so the giraffes did keep their distance. Although we were able to get a couple photos. 

Giraffe at Lake Naivasha National park

We had a chance to walk with the giraffes but they were rather elusive.

Giraffe at Lake Naivasha National Park

The resident giraffe reluctantly poses for a photo with my friend.

Conclusion

We had a great time at Lake Naivasha but unfortunately we needed to get back on the road to travel to Amboseli National Park. The fish eagles were a bit of a disappointment because I was hoping to get some good photos of them in action. Oh well, maybe next time!

 

Additional resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Naivasha