Lake Naivasha is one of Africa’s most renowned fresh water lakes and a boat safari ride here allows you to spot Hippo and numerous Bird species including Kingfisher, Fish Eagle, Herons, Jacanas and more. The lake itself is remarkably picturesque, set against a purple backdrop of the Eburru volcanic mountain range and lined by thick yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea trees. In terms of wildlife the lake is home to over a thousand protected Hippo and the shores of the lake also host small numbers of Giraffe, Zebra, Waterbuck and the odd eland and wildebeest. A Lake Naivasha Boat ride is therefore an exciting yet relaxing lake safari experience with plenty of interesting sights to enjoy.
The boat ride is provided by an experienced local boating guide and the boats range from 6 person to 20 person capacities though the most typical choice for added maneuverability are the 6 to 12 seater boats. Life jackets are provided. The usual timings for the one hour lake safari are 7am to 11am and 2 pm to 4pm. The lake is known to get rough late afternoon to evening and these boat rides at this time are avoided.
Price / Fee for Private Lake Naivasha Boat Ride Safari: The cost ranges from US$ 25 to US$ 30 per person for an hour ride based on a group size of 5 to 6 persons. The boat ride takes place at a variety of locations depending on the boat company's location. Some of the lodges have their own boats and these are stationed at small wooden jettys at the lake shore from where the boat ride starts and ends.
Regarding which Birds one can see at Lake Naivasha, the lake is known for its diversity of bird species with close to 400 species having been spotted around the lake and surrounding areas including Fish Eagle, Maccoa Duck, Saddle-billed Stork, Goliath Heron, Cape Teal, Pied Avocet, Giant Kingfisher, Herons, Jacanas, Pelicans and Flamingoes ( the latter in relatively small numbers).
You may contact us from the link below to book a Lake Naivasha Boat tour either as part of your Safari or as a stand alone activity. There are other things to do around the Lake Naivasha area as well such as hiking in Hells Gate National Park which is just a 15 minute drive from some of the lodges at the lake.