Top things to do in Southern Rift Valley

Top Choice Restaurant in Lake Naivasha

Club House

Farm-to-table sustainable cuisine is more exciting when there are giraffes and hippos to spy on in the distance. The signature eatery at Sanctuary Farm is relaxed but stylish, with tables strewn over a wooden verand…
Top Choice International in Lake Naivasha

Ranch House Bistro

Opened in 2014, Ranch House Bistro is easily the best of the lakeside eating options. The food is expertly prepared and ranges across pizzas from the clay oven to pulled-pork varieties and exquisite desserts. The se…
Top Choice Buffet in Lake Baringo

Island Camp Restaurant

A popular weekend activity, if you can call it that, is to charter a boat and hop across to Island Camp's sleek restaurant for lunch. The buffet includes a mix of cold dishes such as gazpacho, Indian mains, salads a…
Top Choice Museum in Lake Naivasha

Elsamere

Stippled with sisal, yellow fever trees and candelabra euphorbia, this is the former home of the late Joy Adamson of Born Free fame. She bought the house in 1967 with her husband George and did much of her painting,…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island

This private island sanctuary can be reached by boat, or by driving across the narrow, swampy causeway from Sanctuary Farm. It's one of the few places in the Rift Valley where you can walk among giraffes, zebras, wa…
Top Choice Indian in Lake Naivasha

Lazybones

Camp Carnelley's hip restaurant is popular with NGO workers and other Nairobians at weekends. Grab one of the gorgeous low-slung sofas, or pull up a chair around the roaring fireplace. Co-owner Chrisi's creative men…
National Park in Southern Rift Valley

Lake Nakuru National Park

Just two hours' drive from Nairobi, Lake Nakuru is among Kenya's finest national parks. Flanked by rocky escarpments, pockets of forest and at least one waterfall, the park is gorgeous year-round and is home to blac…
Wildlife Reserve in Southern Rift Valley

Shompole Conservancy

In a wild and remote corner of the country, between the Rift Valley lakes of Magadi (in Kenya) and Natron (Tanzania), Shompole is one of southern Kenya's most rewarding wilderness experiences. Isolated Maasai villag…
Archaeological Site in Nakuru

Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site

This archaeological site, 4km outside Nakuru, is a great spot for a peaceful amble away from the rhinos and tourists. It contains a museum and the remains of three settlements excavated between 1937 and the late 198…
Mountain in Southern Rift Valley

Mt Susua

With a crater that’s even more of a lost world than that on nearby Mt Longonot, this unique volcano is well worth the considerable effort of visiting. The steep outer crater protects a second inner crater, whose rim…