Naivasha is located in Kenya
Location in Kenya
Coordinates: 0°43′S 36°26′E / 0.717°S 36.433°E / -0.717; 36.433
Country Kenya
CountyNakuru County
Elevation2,086 m (6,843 ft)
 • Total198,444[1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Naivasha is a large town in Nakuru County, Kenya, lying 92.8 km (57.7 mi) by road north west of Nairobi.


The town has a total population of 198,444 (2019 census).[1]

The main industry is agriculture, especially floriculture.

Naivasha is also a popular tourist destination. Hell's Gate National Park (the main locations for The Lion King, including Pride Rock and the Gorge, are modelled after the park[3]),Olkaria Geothermal Spa, Mount Longonot National Park and Mount Longonot are nearby attractions. Tours also have included Lake Naivasha, to observe birdlife and hippopotamus behaviour, [4] as well as other wild animals.

In the late 1970s–1980s Lake Naivasha was overrun with poachers and foreign creatures introduced into the lake to provide fishing.[citation needed] The migratory paths along lake Naivasha were being destroyed by the local rose industry.[citation needed] The naturalist Joan Root (1936–2006), spent the last decade of her life trying to save the lake and its wildlife.

A resort in Naivasha was the location for much of the negotiations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending the Second Sudanese Civil War, commonly known as the "Naivasha Agreement".


The town is home to the Isahakia community, descendants of Isaaq soldiers and traders that settled in Kenya in the 1900s.[5][6]

Naivasha-Nakuru road (A104) in the rain
Naivasha-Nakuru road (A104) in the rain
Historical population


Naivasha is situated in the Rift Valley basin which has attracted various tribes for settlement. The Maasai people were the first group to settle on the basin due to their quest for pasture and water for their livestock. This is rumored to have been around the 15th century when they moved down from the present day Sudan. Later in the 16th century, the Bantu people including various tribes started their migration into the basin from the Central African forests. The most populous tribe in Naivasha is the Kikuyu. European settlers are also major settlers in Naivasha. They arrived in the 19th century.


Naivasha is located on the shore of Lake Naivasha along the NairobiNakuru highway (A104 road) and the Uganda Railway. In 2015, an extension of the new standard gauge railway to this town was approved.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b "2009 Census Vol 1 Table 3 Rural and Urban Population | Open Data Portal". Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Geographic coordinates of Naivasha, Kenya. Latitude, longitude, and elevation above sea level of Naivasha". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ "The Lion King (1994) - Trivia - IMDb". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Lake Naivasha Country Club" (wildlife, map, photos), Go2Africa, 2003, webpage: Nav Archived 25 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Kenya:The Story of a Fourth Generation Isahakia Community in Naivasha Kenya from Somaliland". 13 October 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Government to recognize the Isahakia community as Kenyans". YouTube. 29 October 2016. ((cite web)): |first= missing |last= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Naivasha population statistics
  8. ^ "Kenya Std Gauge To Be Extended | Railways Africa". Retrieved 28 July 2016.

Coordinates: 0°43′12.85″S 36°25′42.71″E / 0.7202361°S 36.4285306°E / -0.7202361; 36.4285306