I had seen it severally in pictures, didn’t know it was that close to me. On day 3 of Naivasha we decided to explore it. The pictures I had seen and stories I had read, nothing could bring justice to the magic there. Walking and running around with the wildlife felt unreal. It was like being in one of those Jumanji movies where the game actually came to life. How many times do you get to walk in the wild with the wild? Here you walk with them, talk if you please begging them to pose or at least standstill for a picture. Sometimes they do cooperate but they can be very impatient. Other times they want nothing to hear of it and just run like taking a picture of them would reduce their mortality.
Crescent Island gives you this opportunity. It’s an experience one should have at least once in their lifetime. It’s basically a walking game drive, where the chasing is done by foot. You decided how much you want to see by how far you walk and of course how keen you are. I would advise a good pair of walking shoes, a hat, water and I don’t need to say a camera or do I! That’s a must although not even an eighth of the magic will be captured, it’s worth a try. You can have a guide if you like but we decided not to have one with us since they are no lions or cheetahs we deemed it to be safe to that walk by ourselves. But if you are lucky enough you could just see a leopard.
As we started our walk we were welcomed by horses and waterbucks. It was actually my first time to have such a clear view of a waterbuck. The horns completed the look so to speak, made him look not only pretty but majestic. It’s like it knew it was being watched and had to show its good side. As we continued we spotted a few picnic spots if only we came prepared. Then the playful antelopes kept us entertained for a while with their running and jumping all over the place. On one side lay a clear view of the lake. There you could see locals grazing their livestock, while some attempted to fish or just swim. Ooh yes there are hippos but as my friend says kama ni siku yako ni siku yako. While we were paying, our host Ida told us of the view from the hilltop while answering our numerous questions about the python skin and tiger shark teeth at the reception area. She was also kind enough to give us a brief history of the place and her time there. Back to the hilltop – it’s a panoramic view of the Island, like one of those Picasso paintings that just draws you in until you forget your current reality. From up there you see not only the lake with its activities, the animals eating, playing here and there but also the glorious view of Mt. Longonot, Mau Escapements, Hell’s Gate and even Eburu in in the Mau forest complex. Bright colours reflecting the mood of the few people in the island either walking or simply admiring it from a far while on their boats. After about two hours of seeing antelopes, waterbucks, buffaloes, all kinds of birds, horses (I also forget to mention you can enjoy this while horse riding), we came across my favorites; the zebras. I think they were in a good mood. They posed for us and even allowing close ups. They made good models or was it their way of flaunting their beauty. As we were calling it a day, the giraffes would not hear of it. The came out of nowhere posing and making the zebras efforts look like child’s play.
Crescent Island is a peninsular Island on Moi South Lake Road in Naivasha. You can visit every day from 8am – 6pm and it takes about an hour to three hours to enjoy the place. It will cost you 200 – 600KES to get into Santuary Farm where you can do different activities. Then another 800kES and 400KES for citizens; for foreigners its 30USD and 15USD for adults and children respectively to get to the Island. You can get more information from https://www.crescentisland.co/crescent-island and you can also give the amazing Ida a quick call on +254798502645.
Other things you can do in Naivasha:
- Climb Mt. Longonot
- Visit Sanctuary Farm for a lake view lunch and experience at 3000KES please call ahead(+254722461940)
- Horse Riding in the wild at Santuary Farm
- Learn your history at Kariandusi pre historical museum
- Lose yourself to a lake side picnic while watching flamingoes and other rare birds at Lake Elementaita for only 200kes per person
- Explore birds at Kigio Wildlife Conservancy
- Relive Lion King in Hell’s Gate
- Discover the late Lady Diana Delmare’s hilltop grave at Crater Lake Game Santuary
- Sleep under the stars at Oleiden Campsite
- Treat yourself to a natural spa in Olkaria