Lake Naivasha

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Lake Naivasha

Tranquil Lake Naivasha is the only of the Great Rift Valley Lakes which has freshwater. Herds of waterbuck graze peacefully under the shade of fever trees. A myriad of waterfowl calls the edge of the lake home including many cormorants, pink backed pelicans and herons. The air is pierced with the haunting cries of fish eagles and honking hippopotami calling to each other.

One of the main attractions is going for a boating trip on the lake to the moon-shaped Cresent Island. Here guests can get out and walk on the island among herds of zebra and giraffe. These animals have become accustomed to humans walking among them in this predator-free environment. They allow guests to approach quite close, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

Lake Naivasha is one of the major sources of fresh water in the area. Water is taken from the lake to support nearby agriculture, especially the growing of roses for the export flower market. Sadly, runoff water from the farms run back into the lake loaded with chemicals. This is causing the lake to be polluted and creating excessive growth of algae and water plants. Tourism revenue from visits to the lake allows advocates to put pressure on the government to pass stricter laws governing agriculture in the area, which in turn will help reduce pollution and preserve this beautiful Rift Valley Lake.