Crescent island game sanctuary Naivasha

There is just one “Crescent Island Game Sanctuary”. Located on Lake Naivasha, in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. It is one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya and is Naivasha’s best-kept secret. Surrounded by water, it is actually a peninsula and is accessible by boat from East or West as well as by road.

So come and spend the morning, afternoon or bring a picnic and spend the whole day with the beautiful birds and graceful animals.

The shores host abundant birdlife including pelicans, cormorants, and fish-eagles with their haunting cry. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to the Island to film the herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra, and Gazelle.

We are not fenced to allow the wildlife on the mainland to come in as they lose their habitat to development and the ever-increasing population.

Hippo graze all over us at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day. The giraffe who were born on the Island return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time.

Hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island, the many python, who do live here, can be seen occasionally with a kill. Groups of Buffalo come and go but they are always monitored.

From the top of the hill, there is a 360-degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu and onto the Aberdares.  Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond, is what Africa is all about.

OPEN at 8.30am – CLOSED at 6pm.

Crescent Island has an abundance of animal and plant species. Whether an avid animal, bird or plant lover or just an interested novice you will find something to excite you.

Getting to Crescent Island

You can get to Crescent Island, Naivasha, easily by Car or by Boat. You will find directions and a map below.

By car

Driving to Crescent Island couldn’t be easier!

  • Turn off the Naivasha to Nairobi (via Mai Mahiu) road onto ‘Moi South Lake Road’.

  • Drive for 5.2 kilometers. Turn right into ‘Sanctuary Farm’ (You will see a signpost).

  • ‘Sanctuary Farm’ charge a transit fee (Cars Ksh 300, Minibuses Ksh 400, Buses/Trucks Ksh 600).

  • Once on the farm follow the signs for ‘Crescent Island’ which is 2.8 kilometers from the main road.

By boat

There are numerous operators who have boats on Lake Naivasha.

  • We recommend Carnelleys, Hippo Safaris, Lake Naivasha Resort, Sopa Lodge, Enashipai and Elsamere.

  • Ask for a TRANSFER to Crescent Island (Prices vary depending on the operator).

  • Boats should charge for the whole boat and not per person.

  • You pay your entry fee to Crescent Island on arrival.

  • Please don’t pay the operators for the Crescent Island entry fee.

  • You will land on the East or West jetty depending from where you approach.

  • Our sign post will let you know you have arrived. Karibu.

Entry Fees 2019

MPESA Till Number 740411, US$, ₤ and Kshs Accepted.

We reserve the right to alter the rates due to currency fluctuations.
No dogs allowed.

Non Residents

    Adult:                US$ 30
Student:            US$ 20
Child:                US$ 15

Kenya Residents (Proof of ID required)

    Adult:                Ksh 1000

    Child:                Ksh 500

Kenya Citizens (With Kipande)

    Adult:                Ksh 800
Child:                Ksh 400

School Groups * Mon – Fri only *

(Must be pre-booked by email)

    Primary:               Ksh 250

    Secondary:          Ksh 350

    Adult Student:    Ksh 400

    Teacher:              Ksh 450

   (Guide: 500/- per school group)

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