A Guide To Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
The beautiful volcanic lake is the small Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. It has many trails including one for hikers along the steep but diminutive crater rim. Besides the impressive bird species recorded here, giraffes, zebras and other plains wildlife are also regular residents.
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary Naivasha is a green soda lake at the bottom of an extinct volcano on the western side of Lake Naivasha and north of the village of Kongoni, with many trails including one for hikers along the steep but diminutive crater rim.
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary nature trails lead through the vegetation around the crater with plenty of wildlife including over 170 species of birds. Besides the impressive 170 bird species recorded here, giraffes, zebras and other plains wildlife are also regular residents. While walking, remember that buffaloes lurk in the woods.
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is less than one hour drive from Naivasha, partly over a very dusty dirt road. Like Hell’s Gate National Park it is allowed to explore this Park on foot.
The tiny jade-green crater lake is held in high regard by the local Masai, who even believe its water helps soothe ailing cattle. The volcanic crater is also home to Colobus monkeys and flamingos.
Tucked away in a hidden corner of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley is Crater Lake Camp. Crater Lake Camp offers a stirring encounter with wild Africa, just ninety minute’s drive from downtown Nairobi.
This magical lakeside camp is the perfect stopover en- route to the Nakuru and the Masai Mara game parks, as well as a romantic getaway by itself!
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is 10,000 acres and houses the famous hilltop grave where Happy Valley’s tragic heroine, Lady Diana Delamere, is buried with her last two husbands, Gilbert Colvile and Thomas Delamere.
For the truly intrepid, there are the mysterious ‘Caves of God’ in the golden wheatfield’s of Ndabibi, reputed to be an inspiration for H. Rider Haggard’s Allan Quartermain.
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary Naivasha Animals & Birds
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary is great fun to explore on foot independently or with a local guide. This area is alive with hundreds of species of birds and many mammals, large and small. While walking through the conservancy you can spot gazelle, giraffe, zebra, eland, baboon and black and white colobus monkeys – just to name a few.
You can also take the short walk to the rim of the beautiful volcanic crater with views down to the emerald-green lake in the crater. Depending on the water levels of other Rift Valley lakes, there are sometimes large populations of flamingoes on the lake.
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary a haven for Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Little Grebes, Cape Teal and Ruff’s, Great White Pelican, Whiskered Tern, Maribou, Grey and Black-headed Heron, African Fish Eagle, Yellow-billed Storks, Pied Avocets, Egyptian Geese etc.
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary Naivasha Highlights
- Bird walks
- Horse riding
- Night drives
- Historical tours
- Boating on the lake
- Absolutely nothing
- Escorted game walks
- Crater rim sundowners
- Candlelit “lake dinners
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary Contacts
Attraction Type: Wildlife
Category: Animal Sanctuary, Birding Site
Region: South Rift
City / Town: Naivasha
Telephone: 254 50 202 0613, 254 50 202 1372
Entrance Fee: Yes