Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha or (E) Nai’posha, rippling, heaving rough waters, in the language of the Maasai, forever corrupted by Early Europeans who recorded not the locals’ place-name, but the mispronunciation of their Swahili porters is a freshwater lake, located in the Rift Valley. The name denotes the sudden storms, which can turn the placid waters into a churning mass of waves.

The lake is famous for its pods of hippo and abundant birdlife.

Naivasha is the second site listed by Kenya as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1996 and is ranked as the 48th Important Bird Area in the country.

If Naivasha’s islands seem never to be quite in the same place, it is because they are papyrus-clamps, constantly splitting and drifting.

And if reliable guidebooks never mention its depth or height above sea-level, it’s because Enaiposha rises and spreads, or sinks and shrinks, with the rainfall.

.... closest I've ever been near a wild hippo, exhilarating experience. The birds too! Words fail to describe the beauty.
Hamburg, Germany


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