The holiday season is ripe. It is setting in. School-going children are splattered in malls unfortunately, instead of playgrounds. The slow appearance of mangoes in the market can only mean that December is a heartbeat away from putting the year to rest.
Holiday destinations are being sought. Surrounding towns in the Coastal region and especially Mombasa, will be crowded like the very sand on the beach. Don’t ask me why they all choose the peak season to travel there. I also don’t know.
It’s time to wipe Coasto off our to-go destination. An ideal vacation doesn’t always have to have a ring of sandy beaches to it. We need to save ourselves the sunburn. Melanin does need extra help with creaming.
I spent this past weekend at Lake Naivasha located in Nakuru county. The second largest fresh water lake in Kenya after Lake Victoria. It is among the best ways to escape the craze of the city.
With less than two hours on road from Nairobi, you arrive and start exploration. The short duration of travel also means that you can go and come back within the same day and wake up for the rest of your other commitments the next day! Who doesn’t want that?
Unless you are travelling at night, of which they are a number of hotels and resorts to get you rested.
The name Naivasha, adopted from the same people who christened Nairobi, means rough water from Nai’posha, Maasai word. This is due to the wind and storms in the afternoon that cause the lake to be wild and have high waves.
The stretch from the road is long. Maybe, I was too eager to arrive. The sun shines in that part of the country. Another reason why Lake Naivasha is sometimes referred to as the Sunshine Lake.
A young man with a surprisingly good mastery of the Queen’s Language stepped beside us welcoming us to the territory. Boat rides are charged with the time one would like to spend on the waters.
I got to wear the life savers jacket for the first time. You should have seen me beaming at its orange reflection in the sun. It felt special. Like I was being used in a life-changing event. The breeze feels good on the skin as the boat roars and cuts on the surface.
Yellow barked Acacia cover the area which were known as the Yellow Fever trees when we are ferried to watch the waterbucks and birds.
Although the town is dubbed a world class birding destination, I personally didn’t see as many birds as I expected to around the lake. Our guide pointed out the waterbucks grazing nearby then totally forgot his work.
He could not get over the fact that we had a camera. He made me his model and spent the entire tour time taking shots. Me standing, me squatting, me jumping, me pointing at the animals, me leaning against a tree, me hugging a tree.
“Fanya hivi(Do this)”, he would instruct. After which he would say it didn’t come out as he had planned. To which we redid until he was reluctantly satisfied. Our boat, waiting, was the sole reason he let us go.
We were short changed as we were not taken to the hippo point as earlier indicated. We saw a couple at a distance and without stopping, our navigator dropped us back at the beach.
How do you like your fish? Small, medium or huge? Deep fried, dry or wet fry? How do you like your fish because if you land at Lake Naivasha and eat anything else other than fresh fish then why are you even going?
For lunch, fish rules. You pick out your fish from one of the vendors located on the beach, take it to the kitchen with specifications on how you want it and lunch is served. Would you like a serving of ugali and kachumbari? I’ll leave you to it…
For those all about the night life, Naivasha falls in the list of the N towns that is Nakuru, Narok, Nairobi? that are relatively busy and quiet during the day but once the evening sets in, they come to life in an enviable fashion.
You have the option of going as a group with one of these tour companies but I found them a tad too expensive. The better option of course is to organise with your friends or family, share intimate moments.
Looking for a low budget, fun as well as a memorable place to visit? Traipse to Naivasha.
Whether to settle on Hell’s Gate National Park where you could soak in the warm waters at Ol Karia Geothermal Spa, climbing Mt. Longonot to the crater, Crescent Island Sanctuary to walk with animals or Lake Elementaita for flamingos and bird watching, is purely your selection.