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Located on Lake Naivasha, Kenya in the Great Rift Valley, Crescent Island was created in 1988, when Lake Naivasha level dropped adequately to allow Crescent Island to become part of the mainland. Submerged rim of an immerged volcanic crater forming a bay which is the deepest point of the lake, the Crescent Island is a preserved sanctuary of wildlife where you will wander among tiny herds of mammals.


There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with over 200 species recorded. The lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily spot from the island. Among the resident birds are fish eagles, ospreys, lily-trotters, black crakes and a variety of herons. Hippos also live in the lake. A number of mammals can also be seen grazing in the surrounding lake environs, such as zebra, impala, buffalo, giraffe, Kongoni and, at night, hippos.


The usual way to access the small island is by boat and local people would be happy to serve you. There is also possibility to access it by road passing through the "Horse Riding Complex" A wide variety of wildlife, birdlife and flora lives quite freely out there and as there are no predators to be found, quite happily as well.


Crescent Island is a great place to forget the hustle and bustle of urban life and do some sport activities such as hiking, walking, biking and/or game viewing and is a popular weekend retreat for the local communities. Spend some time wandering around at your own pace and enjoy the peace and quiet broken only by the sounds of the Islands wild inhabitants.


From the top of the hill there is a 360 degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escapement to Eburu and onto the Aberdares. Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond, is what Africa is all about..


Hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island, the many python that do live here can be seen occasionally with a kill. Groups of Buffalo come and go but they are always monitored.

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