Island Game Conservancy Naivasha
Island Game Sanctuary is a peninsula or
island on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. Crescent
Island was created in 1988, when Lake Naivasha level
dropped sufficiently to allow Crescent Island to
become part of the mainland. On the eastern end
of the island sailing is possible at a private boating
club. The terrain is flat, making it easy for walkers
of all abilities to enjoy themselves.
is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks,
elands, wildebeests, zebras and impalas. It is also
a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The
lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily spot
from the island.
the resident birds are fish eagles, ospreys, lily-trotters,
black crakes and a variety of herons. Hippos also
live in the lake. A number of mammals can be seen
grazing in the surrounding lake environs, such as
zebra, impala, buffalo, giraffe, Kongoni and, at
A short boat trip from the mainland out into Lake
Naivasha gives you access to the unique Crescent
Island Wildlife Sanctuary. There is also possibility
to access it by road passing through the "Horse
Riding Complex" A wide variety of wildlife,
birdlife and flora lives quite freely out there
and as there are no predators to be found, quite
happily as well.
some time wandering around at your own pace and
enjoy the peace and quiet broken only by the sounds
of the Islands wild inhabitants.
only two hour's drive from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha
a great place to forget the Nairobi urban life and
do some sport activities such as hiking, walking,
biking and/ or game viewing and is a popular weekend
retreat for the local communities.
Crescent Island Game Conservancy Naivasha Entrance
Non Resident Entry Fee Adults (Above 18 Years)
Resident Entry Fee Students (Below 18 Years )
with Valid Student Card)
Non Resident Entry Fee
Children (Below 12 Years)
15 US Dollars
Kenya Residents Adult
Kenya Citizen (with Kipande) Adults
Kenya Citizen Children
300 Kenya Shillings
450 Kenya Shillings
250 Kenya Shillings
300 Kenya Shillings
400 Kenya Shillings
Groups allowed from Monday to - Friday only
Mode of Payment
& Birds of Crescent Island Game Conservancy
last Game count was done in September 2009.
* 356 Wildebeest
17 Grants Gazelle
* 2 Bat Eared Foxes
* 27 Vervet Monkeys
16 Dik Dik Antelopes
296 Impala Antelopes
* 2 Bushbuck Antelopes
* 139 Thompson Gazelle
78 Waterbuck Antelopes
There is also a resident python called Priscilla (occasionally
seen when sunbathing) and of course hundreds of Pelicans,
Fish Eagles and all the other birds. That’s
over 1000 head of game on 400 acres – Crescent
Island Game Sanctuary is so small and is also surrounded
by water – it is paradise with no effort!
Island Game Sanctuary is safe because they protect
the shores and if you decide to pay them a visit they
gladly provide guides free of charge to show Guests
around giving them information about the Island and
Island Game Sanctuary
Where You Walk With The Animals!
is only one. Located on Lake Naivasha, Kenya in the
Great Rift Valley. It is simply one of the most beautiful
parks in Kenya, often called Naivasha’s best
kept secret. It is private, secure and patrolled by
Guides who can accompany anyone who wishes a for guided
Surrounded by water, it is actually a peninsular and
is accessible by boat from East or West as well as
by road, taking under two hours on tarmac from Nairobi.
Island Game Sanctuary shores
host abundant birdlife especially huge numbers of
pelicans, cormorants and fish-eagles with their haunting
cry. There are more animals per acre than any other
Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to
the Island to film the herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck,
Zebra and Gazelle.
are not fenced to allow the wildlife on the mainland
to come in as they lose their habitat to development
and the ever increasing population. Hippo graze all
over us at night then sleep under the acacia or rest
in the water by day. The giraffe who were born on
the Island return to give birth; sometimes you see
three generations at a time.
come to hunt at night but are not resident on the
island, the many python who do live here can be seen
occasionally with a kill. Groups of Buffalo come and
go but they are always monitored.
the top of the hill there is a 360 degree view across
the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the
Mau Escapement to Eburu and onto the Aberdares. Walking
along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst
watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering
beyond, is what Africa is all about..
Naivasha is a fresh water lake, unlike Lakes Elementaita,
Nakuru and Bogoria which are Soda. It lies at 6,200
feet above sea level, about 95 kms north of Nairobi
in the Great Rift Valley.
Island and the adjacent Lotus Island, home of a Yacht
Club, form the rim of an extinct volcano protruding
out of this Lake in the shadow of Mount Longonot,
also an extinct volcano, close to Hell’s Gate
name Naivasha derives from the local Masai name Nai’posha
meaning “rough water”. The
circumference of the Lake is about 80 kms, the deepest
part is within the Crescent at roughly 18 metres.
is known to have dried out twice since 1898 and is
fed by the Malewa river. It had one indigenous fish
until 1929 when the Black Bass were introduced, followed
by Tilapia in 1956 but Carp are now predominant.
In the 1940s when air travel first came to Kenya en
route from England to South Africa, the four engine
Flying-Boats landed on Lake Naivasha and the foundations
of the Terminal and Customs shed can still be seen
today on Crescent Island.
was also pictured on Kenya postage stamps from 1949
to 1952. Naivasha has seen huge development since
the 1980s, the climate ideal for horticulture.
Just forty kms south of the Equator with a nearly
all year even temperature, the combination of dry
heat during the day , the cool evenings of high altitude
plus close proximity to Nairobi on good roads and
easy access to wildlife have made it a hugely attractive
place to live and many hotels have been built around
La Belle Inn
Naivasha Sopa Resort
Naivasha Simba Lodge
Naivasha Country Club
Naivasha Great Rift Valley Lodge
Lodge and Conservation Centre Lake Naivasha
Camp Carnelleys Naivasha
Lakae Naivasha Sanctuary Farm
& Reservations for Crescent Island Game Sanctuary
is a peninsula or island on the eastern side of Lake
Naivasha - Kenya
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