When you think of Africa, chances are one of the first things that comes to mind is the safari. You probably have an idea of how a safari typically looks like and how it goes. But did you know that there is such a thing as a boat safari?

A boat safari can be seen as a more relaxing yet no less exciting way of seeing the wildlife and scenery around you. If you happen to be wondering where you should go to experience it, you shouldn't look any further than Kenya. 

Here's what you should know about going on a boat safari in Kenya. 

Boat Safaris in Kenya: The Basics

Boat Safari in Kenya
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Those hoping to go on a boat safari in Kenya should head to Lake Naivasha, one of Africa's best known freshwater lakes. Boat safaris here can accommodate six to 20 persons at a time depending on boat capacity.

Do take note that boat safari tours take around one hour and take place during the following time periods:

  • 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There are boat companies in the area that provide boat safari services. However, do check if the lodge you are staying in also offer such experiences. 

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Wildlife You May Spot During a Boat Safari

Lake Naivasha is home to different species of wildlife, which make going on a boat safari an exciting and surreal experience. If you are hoping to see hippos in person, then you are in luck. This is because over a thousand hippos call Lake Naivasha home. 

Hippos in Lake Naivasha, Kenya
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Other land animals you have the chance of seeing are giraffes, zebras, and wildebeests. If you want to spot birds, you are also in luck as there are around 400 bird species that have been spotted in the area. These include herons, giant kingfishers, pelicans, flamingoes, and fish eagles, among others. 

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