Touting its merits as a bird-watchers paradise may not get your blood pumping with excitement for a visit to Lake Naivasha, but what if we were to tell you that it's also a perpetual playground for Kenya's giant hippos? That tidbit tends to raise eyebrows. A freshwater lake 90 km northwest of Nairobi, this flamingo-strewn oasis of the Great Rift Valley boasts plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating, camping or just taking in a spectacular array of the country's aquatic wildlife. Yes, its proximity to the capital sometimes makes for an abundance of tourists, but in a country where tourism represents over half the GDP, them's the risks. Just think of it as motivation to venture out early and get the most of this water safari experience.