NAIVASHA (Xinhua) --
With a freshwater lake and flower farms,
Kenya’s Naivasha has continued to live up to its billing
as the “second coast” after Mombasa, a coastal
attraction famous for its white sandy beaches.
harsh economic times, hotels and recreation facilities
at Naivasha, a town lying northwest of capital Nairobi,
recorded impressive turnout as families made merry while
the hoteliers, 90 percent of the tens of thousands of
visitors were Kenyan while 10 percent were international
Nakuru County in western Kenya is the second town in
Kenya after Mombasa in terms of visits by tourists, the
number of hotels and destination sites, thus the tag
generated hope for local tourist sector after the
political impasse created after the last general
election period, spanning from August to October, led to
a drop in the numbers of international visitors around
the lakeside town.
Peter Mehta, the chairman of Lake Naivasha Hotel Owners
Association and CEO of Crayfish Hotel, the repeat
presidential elections held in Oct. had adversely
affected their international bookings.
of visitors this year’s had dropped significantly due to
the political anxiety but we hope that is now behind
us,” he said.
that tourism around Naivasha town was picking up
Naivasha is giving Mombasa a competition due to the many
facilities around, which are easily accessible and have
sentiments were echoed by Rosemary Njenga, a trader, who
noted that the country had passed through a turbulent
duration. The trader who was accompanied by her family
members noted that it was time to forge forward and
develop the country.
Gathungu, a visitor, was full of praise for Naivasha
over the services and security offered by various
“As we end
the year, we have decided to visit Naivasha and enjoy
the services offered here, hoping that next year will be
better,” she said.