is a major Rift Valley lake, the first that one encounters when travelling out by road from Nairobi
During colonial times Naivasha hosted the infamous and aristocratic 'Happy Valley Set', who lived and partied to excess in the huge mansions and ranch houses that grew up around the lake.
These days Naivasha is a considerably less salubrious location, with the village having grown into a sprawling town straddling a major highway, whilst much of the shoreline is now dominated by mass market tourist lodges and industrial flower farms.
This is certainly no longer a wilderness area and this heavy development does mean that road trips into the area are perhaps less than ideal.
However estates on the western side of the lake such as Loldia House
do retain a good deal of their former glory and remain quite attractive options, especially when accessed directly by light aircraft.