Lake Naivasha, a roughly two-hour drive from Nairobi, is for many in Nairobi the weekend destination of choice. Properties have proliferated along the shoreline from seriously upmarket hotels and lodges to budget and popular camping spots. The lake is a mecca for birdlife with common sightings of cormorants, egrets, kingfishers and much more, not to mention the numerous hippo, and a boat tour is a must for first-timers. Hell’s Gate, with its sheer cliffs and stunning gorge, is a fantastic spot for cycling among plains game, while horse lovers can head to Sanctuary Farm for some riding. Top it all with some good food at a restaurant overlooking the lake.