Kivu: A haven of tranquillity and bird watchers’ paradise

Thursday January 7 2016

Kivu Resort in Nakuru County. The resort stands on 7.2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens incorporating a wide variety of indigenous trees, and offering sanctuary to an array of birds and butterflies. PHOTO | BONIFACE MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kivu Resort in Nakuru County. The resort stands on 7.2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens incorporating a wide variety of indigenous trees, and offering sanctuary to an array of birds and butterflies. PHOTO | BONIFACE MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By BONIFACE MWANGI
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Are you a seasoned bird watcher or just beginning to explore the world of birds?

Then Kivu Resort in Nakuru County is the place to be.

Dubbed ‘Nakuru County’s Oasis of Tranquillity’, the resort offers a perfect bird haven and view of Lake Nakuru, which is one of the most visited and studied water bodies in Kenya.

The resort is located 100m from the salt-water lake, which is the first in the country to receive recognition as a Ramsar site — an area protected by an international convention as a wetland.

Kivu Resort stands on 7.2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens incorporating a wide variety of indigenous trees, and offering sanctuary to an array of birds and butterflies.

“Surrounded by beautiful spacious gardens and tranquil environment, the resort incorporates natural landscaping with acacia trees, walkways and beautiful hedges dotted with bird feeds.

“The resort is a natural haven for bird life and attracts over 50 species of birds among the 400 species that inhabit the Great Rift Valley,” says Mr Joseph Kubari, the resort general manager.

Among the many species of birds found in the surroundings of this resort are weaver birds, hummingbirds, flamingos, pelicans, yellow-billed stork, African spoonbill, Madagascar pond, Great white pelican, Lesser kestrel, Grey-crested helmet-shrike and Black-necked.

Although the name Nakuru means ‘dust’ or ‘dusty place’ in the Maasai language, the wide variety of indigenous trees offer perfect shade and a cold breeze for picnic lovers and book readers.

According to Mr Kubari, the resort is easily accessible from Nakuru Town by road or by air via Lake Nakuru National Park’s airstrip.

“The resort is surrounded by hills and Kenya’s most intriguing tourism destinations, with spectacular scenery and a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that ranges from the lake waters to the escarpment and picturesque ridges like Lake Nakuru National Park, Menengai Crater, and Lake Bogoria,” he says.

The resort also boasts large swimming pools, which host various tournaments.