Lake Naivasha. The area around Naivasha was one of the first settled by whites and was a favorite haunt of the decadent Happy Valley set in the 1930s. Along with Karen, near Nairobi, it is now probably the largest remaining settler and ex-pat community in Kenya.
The lake level has ebbed and flowed farms all over the years, as half-submerged fencing posts indicate. Early in the 1890s, it dried up almost completely but over the last 20 years, it rose a phenomenal 15m and inundated a far larger area than it presently occupies. It currently covers about 170 sq km and it is home to an incredible variety of birds including aquatic birds.
As a freshwater lake, Naivasha`s ecology is quite different from that of the rift valley`s soda lakes. Since the water can be used for irrigation, the surrounding countryside is a major agricultural production area; the flower market has become a major industry in Naivasha.
Naivasha has been a focus of conservation efforts in Kenya, and in 1995 the Lake Naivasha Riparian Association was formed to educate the estimated 300,000 people dependent on the lake about the environmental issues involved. The results are promising, but so far improvement has been slow, and further drops in the water level are predicted for the next 15 to 20 years.
This tour is offered by Adventure Maasai Mara