At 1884m above sea level, Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. This beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by grassy banks and thick papyrus, extends like a vast sunlit sea. Stand on one side of it and you won’t see the other; only masses of water birds and the ears of hippos poking above the surface as they sleep the day out in the shallows. You can ride among giraffes and zebras, see buffalo wallowing in the swamps, hear Colobus monkeys calling from the tree tops and relax in the garden at Elsamere, the former home of late Born Free personality Joy Adamson. Boat trips on the lake are widely available and are a great way to spend an afternoon or morning. Sunsets are always spectacular, with the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the Lake bringing the day to a perfect end. Hell’s Gate National Park in nearby Naivasha, can be enjoyed with an overnight safari.