Sanctuary Farm is a family owned 400 acre pasture driven dairy farm covered in pristine Acacia forest on the southern shores of Lake Navaisha. In addition to the farm’s commercial activities, Sanctuary Farm is committed to the conservation of the areas diverse flora and fauna. Lake Naivasha is one of the few freshwater lakes in East Africa and was designated a RAMSAR site in 1995 under the Convention of Wetlands of International Importance. The Lake and its environs support a complex vegetation of terrestrial (Acacia xanthophloea), riparian and littoral plants which provide critical foraging and breeding grounds for a large number and variety of resident and migrant birds including more than 350 species of water birds, with 1% of the world population of Fulica cristata. Its riparian land houses hundreds of hippopotamus and other large mammals such as Cape buffalo, Masaai giraffe, waterbuck, Thomson gazelle and Grant’s gazelle and impala. Smaller animal species include jackals, Bat-eared fox, aardvark, clawless otter, White-tailed mongoose, skunks, pythons and other snakes.
Due to urban development it is becoming more and more difficult for the wildlife to roam far and wide as their natural corridors are slowly being fenced off and they are more and more restricted to sanctuary farm and Crescent Island. As a result the wildlife on the farm are habituated to people and although they are still wild one can walk at a safe and unique proximity to the wildlife.
Sanctuary Farm is a bird lover’s paradise and below are some of the birds spotted regularly on the farm. We can organize a guide called Douglas to walk you around the farm and along the shores of the lake. I met Douglas when he came to the farm with a mechanic to mend my car and I spotted him looking up at the trees with a pair of binoculars. I asked him what he was looking at and he replied a Harrier hawk. Douglas has been guiding for us by special request ever since.