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Naivasha is a city in Kenya, 90 km northwest of Nairobi on Lake Naivasha.

Get in[edit]

  • There are frequent matatus from Nairobi (1½ hr, Ksh 300)
  • a matatu too Nyahururu 2 hours cost 400 Ksh.
  • The bus or matatu fare from Naivasha to Nakuru is Ksh 200 and the trip takes one hour.
  • The new railway links Suswa, south of Naivasha, once per day. Journey time is about 1½ hours. Kenya railways are repairing the railway line to Nyahururu.
  • 1 Suswa railway station.

Get around[edit]

Matatus run along the Moi South Lake Rd to Kongoni (one hour, Ksh 100). You can get off for the Hell's Gate National Park on the way.


  • Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake with the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,890 m. It's a popular weekend getaway for Nairobians.
  • Hell's Gate National Park, outside the town, south of Lake Naivasha.


  • Take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha to see the birds and hippos.
  • Bike through Hell's Gate National Park and see the zebra, gazelle and warthogs.
  • Hike down and through the Ol Njorowa Gorge. You can get a local guide at the entrance to the gorge. Wear hiking shoes and be prepared to get a little muddy.
  • Dine on fresh fish from the lake.


  • Buffalo Mall, Moi S Lake Road. 9AM-9PM. many stores.
  • Naivas Supermarket, Blashara street. 8AM-8PM. large supermarket
  • Equity Bank. Has a Master Card/Visa Card ATM.


The lodges and other accommodation usually have a restaurant (and bar) on site. You can also visit the local villages for fresh and very cheap Kenyan food in the restaurants and cafes.


Most lodges have a bar on site, sometimes with a TV for sports. For cheaper beer go to the bars in the villages.


  • 1 Fisherman's Camp, +254 202 139 922, +254 726 870 590. Fisherman's Camp is a campsite situated on the shores of Lake Naivasha (meaning 'rippling waters' in Masai). A fully equipped cottage and 4 Bandas (Kenya's equivalent to small challets) are also available. The site also has its own bar and restaurant (phone +254 5 050 462 for bookings). camping Ksh 700 per person, camping in their tents (without bedding) Ksh 950 per person, cabins for 3-5 people Ksh 5,000.
  • [dead link] Fish Eagle Inn (Located next to Fisherman's Camp), +254 20 2737956, . Fish Eagle Inn has a range of accommodation from dormitories to executive suites with options for full and half board, or bed only. Camping Ksh 600, dorm bed Ksh 1000.
  • G M T Guest House, next to weigh bridge mai mahiu. Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 10AM. Fan double room with own bathroom and TV. from Ksh 1300.
  • Naivasha Silver View, Kenyatta Ave, +254 716-660022. Single/double rooms. Ksh 800.
  • Naivasha Guest House, Kenyatta Avenue (2 km from town center.), +254 50-2021227. Single/double rooms with own bathrooms. From Ksh 1,000.
  • Heshima B & L, Kariuki Chotara Road, +254 723-103836. Room with outside hot water bathroom. Ksh 800.
  • YMCA, Moi South Lake Road (15 km from the junction.), +254 722-840857. Camping, dorm beds, room. Camping Ksh 400, dorm bed Ksh 600.
  • Wambuku Lodge, Moi Avenue (next to the post office.), +254 50-2030287. Single/double rooms with own bathroom. From Ksh 1200.
  • Four Seasons Lodge (next to Mosque.). Double room with own bathroom. Ksh 800.


Go next[edit]

From Naivasha Town you can catch a matatu north to Nakuru.

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