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Crescent Island Game Conservancy
A Game Rich Peninsula in Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley | Kenya - The Park Where You Walk With The Animals!

(Crescent Island Game Conservancy is located in Lake Naivasha about 80 Kilometers (50 miles) from Nairobi on the Moi South Lake Road. Crescent Island is an Animal and Bird Sanctuary on the Eastern Side of Lake Naivasha that is also home to Masai giraffe, zebra, dik diks, steenbok, impala and gazelles)



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Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary

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Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Crescent Island Conservancy in Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island Conservancy in Lake Naivasha


Crescent Island Game Conservancy Naivasha

Crescent 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.


There 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.


Among 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 night, hippos.

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.


Spend some time wandering around at your own pace and enjoy the peace and quiet broken only by the sounds of the Islands wild inhabitants.


At only two hour's drive from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha Crescent Island is 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 Wildlife Sanctuary
Crescent Island Conservancy in Lake Naivasha

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2015 Crescent Island Game Conservancy Naivasha Entrance Fee Rates

Conservancy Entrance Fees
Rate Per Person
Non Resident Entry Fee Adults (Above 18 Years)
30 US Dollars
Non Resident Entry Fee Students (Below 18 Years )

20 US Dollars

(Only with Valid Student Card)

Non Resident Entry Fee Children (Below 12 Years)
15 US Dollars
Kenyan Resident Rates
Rate Per Person
Kenya Residents Adult
800 Kenya Shillings
Kenya Residents Children
400 Kenya Shillings
Kenyan Citizen Rates
Rate Per Person
Kenya Citizen (with Kipande) Adults
600 Kenya Shillings
Kenya Citizen Children
300 Kenya Shillings
School Groups
Rate Per Person
450 Kenya Shillings
Pupil Primary
250 Kenya Shillings
Pupil Secondary
300 Kenya Shillings
Adult Student
400 Kenya Shillings



* School Groups allowed from Monday to - Friday only




Accepted Mode of Payment


online payment





Animals & Birds of Crescent Island Game Conservancy

The last Game count was done in September 2009.

* 144 Zebra

* 13 Giraffe
* 356 Wildebeest

* 17 Grants Gazelle

* 54 Hippopotamus
* 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!


Crescent 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 the animals.




Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

The Park Where You Walk With The Animals!

“Crescent Island Sanctuary” 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 walk.


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.


Crescent 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.


We 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.


Hyena 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.


From 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..




Crescent Island Information

Lake 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.


Crescent 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 National Park.


The 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.


It 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.


It 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 the Lake.




Naivasha Accommodation

Top Range Hotels

* Chui Lodge

* Olerai House

* Kiangazi House

Mid Range Hotels

* Malu

* Loldia

* La Belle Inn

* Lake Naivasha Resort

* Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

* Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

* Lake Naivasha Country Club

* Lake Naivasha Great Rift Valley Lodge

* Elsamere Lodge and Conservation Centre Lake Naivasha

Camping/ Bandas

* Crayfish Camp Naivasha

* Camp Carnelleys Naivasha

* Fishermans Camp Naivasha

* Lakae Naivasha Sanctuary Farm



Booking & Reservations for Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is a peninsula or island on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha - Kenya

Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967

Mobile : +254-20-721242711






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