Top things to do

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 Museum in Lake Naivasha


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 Restaurant in Lake Naivasha


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…
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 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…
Arts & Crafts in Lake Naivasha

Elmenteita Weavers

This tiny cooperative turns out beautiful rugs, throws and bags, and does a nice line in wooden souvenirs – including cute salt and pepper pots. Most things in the store are handmade by the two friendly weavers on t…
National Park in Southern Rift Valley

Lake Nakuru National Park

This rivals Amboseli as Kenya's second-most-visited park. It’s one of the best places in Kenya to see leopards, and white rhinos are commonly seen at the lake's southern end. But the park's most famous attraction is…
Kenyan in Nakuru

Hygienic Butchery

Great name, great place. The Kenyan tradition of nyama choma (barbecued meats) is alive and well here. Sidle up to the counter, try a piece of tender mutton or beef and order half a kilo (per person) of whichever ta…
Archaeological Site in Southern Rift Valley

Olorgasailie Prehistoric Site

Travelling between Lake Magadi and Nairobi, take the turn-off for the famous Olorgasailie Prehistoric Site. Several important archaeological finds were made by the Leakeys in the 1940s at this site, 40km north of Ma…
Kenyan in Naivasha

Smiles Café

As cheap and cheerful as the name suggests, this little green-and-white treasure offers cholesterol-filled fried breakfasts and hearty stews. It’s always busy and conversations come easy.