Getting There & Away
By Air -- Naivasha is a mere 15-minute flight from Nairobi. Safarilink (www.safarilink-kenya.com) has daily scheduled flights at 3pm ($116 one-way), and the region is also well supplied with private airstrips (serving the ranches) served by charter flights. From Naivasha, Safarilink flights continue on to the Masai Mara (40 min.).
By Road -- The drive from Nairobi on the hectically busy A104 Uplands road takes 1 1/2 hours; the route is fairly scenic, winding down the Rift Valley escarpment (where there are a number of places to stop and take in majestic Valley views and browse at kitsch roadside craft stalls), heading past the black Longonot volcano, and finally skirting the picturesque shore of Lake Naivasha. You'll also get a glimpse of Kenya's predilection for quick-fix development -- hundreds of small shanty-style structures (many of them painted in the vivid colors of local mobile phone operators) are ranged along the side of the highway where, until just a few years ago, there was little but wilderness.
As with just about everywhere in Kenya, you'll need a 4X4 to negotiate some of the deeply rutted dirt roads that run around the lake. Appropriate vehicles (with a driver) are available at any of the accommodations recommended here, and your hosts can also organize boating, horseback riding, mountain bikes, and even charter planes, should you wish to explore farther afield.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.