Boat trips in Kenya take place along the Indian Ocean’s coast, rivers, and lakes in national parks, reserves and nonprotected areas. While on safari in Kenya, boat trips are a popular way to relax as you sight amazing wildlife and panoramic views. For those on birding safaris, a boat cruise allows for bird watching the water birds. If you are planning an African safari to Kenya, a boat trip should be included on the list of things to do. Here are some of the most popular places where tourists can enjoy boat trips in Kenya.
Boat trips on Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the ‘endless’ flock of flamingos. The lake is found in the Lake Nakuru National Park named after it. The lake is gorgeous, with a variety of spectacular scenery where visitors may stop and enjoy the views combined with a fresh-cool wind. Its picturesque spots include the Baboon Cliff View Point, Out of Africa Lookout, Lion Hill, and the Magnificent Makalia Water Falls.
A boat trip on Lake Nakuru provides a thrilling yet tranquil lake safari experience with a variety of interesting sights. The safaris are led by an experienced Lake Nakuru resident naturalist and the boat capacity ranges from 7 to 8 people. There are two boat trip sessions; morning and afternoon boat trips. The morning trip experience includes breakfast and sparkling wine, and the journey lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The afternoon sundowner, on the other hand, is accompanied by bites and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The encounter lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Furthermore, Lake Nakuru National Park is home to approximately 55 species of mammals, including the lion, Roth’schild giraffe, leopard, rhino, impala, buffalo, waterbuck, gazelles, and zebras. There are hippos, bird species such as waterfowl, and a rare sort of fish such as Tilapia graham, in the lake. Snakes (pythons) and other reptiles can also be found on the rocks and cliffs.
Boat Trips on Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is stunning, lying against the purple backdrop of the Ol Doinyo Eburru volcanic mountain ranges and surrounded by dense yellow-barked Acacia Xanthophlea trees. In terms of wildlife, the lake is home to Hippos, Giraffes, Zebras, Waterbucks, and the occasional Eland and Wildebeest.
A boat trip on Lake Naivasha is an exciting yet pleasant lake safari experience with plenty of interesting views. The trip allows you to see hippos and a variety of bird species such as Kingfishers, Fish Eagles, Herons, Jacanas, and others. The boats range in capacity from 6 to 20 people, but the most common choice for increased agility is 6 to 12 passenger boats. The boat ride is offered by an experienced local boating guide. The one-hour lake safari typically runs between 7 am to 11 am and in the afternoon between 2 pm to 4 pm. Boat journeys around the late afternoon or early evening are avoided because the lake is notorious to become turbulent.
Lake Naivasha is also notable for its richness of bird species of up to 400 species sighted around the lake and nearby areas. Among these include Fish Eagles, Saddle-billed Stork, Jacanas, Goliath Heron, Giant kingfisher, Maccoa Duck, Cape Teal, Pied Avocet, Pelicans, and Flamingos (the latter in relatively small numbers).
Glass Bottom Boat Trips in Mombasa
Glass bottom boat trips in Mombasa allow riders an opportunity to gaze into the waters, which have long been associated with mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. The indigenous peoples believe that their gods live underwater. A glass bottom boat ride is relaxing and allows you to see the aquatic world without getting your feet wet. Listen to the experienced crew’s narrative on underwater life, as you pass through colourful reefs and take wonderful underwater images without the use of an underwater camera. Glass bottom boat tours are highly recommended for everyone interested in the sea and its wonderful underwater realm.
Here, you may soak up the rays while also getting a glimpse of the blue sea. The boat’s inlaid glass bottom allows you to see what’s going on in the water directly beneath your feet. Exotic fish species and corals provide breath taking views. The glass bottom boat brings you to a surreal “uninhabited” island in the Indian Ocean called Robinson Island.
The lovely East African country is one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Its top tourist attractions include Masai Mara and the Great Migration, Mountain Kenya – Africa’s second highest mountain, Yatta Plateau – the world’s longest lava flow, and Tsavo – East Africa’s largest Wildlife Conservation Reserve, among many others. Other National Parks in Kenya include Amboseli National Park, Nairobi National Park, and Samburu National Park among others.
Kenya’s distinctive safari activities include; diving, snorkelling, sunbathing at the coastal beaches, mountain hiking at Mount Kenya, game drives in the Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli, and Tsavo National Parks, and birding at Lake Nakuru.