Naivasha is a large town in Nakuru County a short one 1/2 hour drive north west of Nairobi. The resort town lies on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to the shores; Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.
Naivasha is a popular tourist destination. Hell’s Gate National Park (the main location for the shooting of the film ‘The Lion King’ including Pride Rock and the Gorge, are modelled after the park), Mount Longonot National Park and Mount Longonot are nearby attractions.
The main industry in the region is agriculture, and especially floriculture.