Crescent Island Game Santuary is located in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, near Lake Naivasha. It is frequently referred to be Naivasha’s best-kept secret and is one of Kenya’s most stunning parks.
Being a peninsula, Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is now only reachable by boat from the East or West sides. It is surrounded by water. The park offers miles of hiking paths, a variety of species, and a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Mt. Longonot, Hell’s Gate, the Mau Escarpment, Eburu, and the Aberdares. The coastlines are home to a variety of birds, including fish eagles with their eerie cries, cormorants, and pelicans. Since the Island has more animals per acre than any other park in Kenya, numerous film production companies have been to capture the herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra, and Gazelle on camera. Bring your binoculars if you enjoy watching birds, as there are plenty to be seen while getting up close to animals and taking a boat trip around Lake Naivasha.
Activities at the Cresent Island Game Sanctuary
For those who want some peace and quiet, Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is the best option. Being surrounded by Lake Naivasha ensures a cool wind during your excursion. A few park rangers offer FREE tours to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. On the other hand, tipping them is strongly advised. Visitor options include things to do like;
- Walking among wild animals and enjoying them up-close
- Guided nature walks/hike
- Bird watching
- Team building
- Game viewing
Birdlife abounds along the shores, including fish falcons, cormorants, and pelicans, which have a menacing scream. Since the Island has more animals per acre of land than any other park in Kenya, numerous film production companies have visited to shoot among them. They consist of;
African Rock Python, Masai Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Cape Buffalo, Impala, Defassa Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Thompsons Gazelle, Grants Gazelle, Bat Eared Fox, Kirks Dik Dik, Bushbuck, White-tailed Mongoose, Spring Hare, Vervet Monkey, Silver Backed Jackal, and Burchells Zebra.
Animals cannot stray on and off to the mainland because the park is situated in the middle of the lake. Hippos, however, graze anywhere at night and sleep beneath acacia trees or rest in the water during the day. Since they were born on the island, it’s not uncommon to see three generations of giraffes together. If you’re lucky, you could see one of the stunning pythons that call the sanctuary home. The only predators in the area are jackals, and several buffaloes became stranded on the mainland before the lake levels increased.