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The Rift Valley Music Festival


Taking its cue from Malawi’s increasingly popular Lake of Stars festival, the annual Rift Valley Music Festival is Kenya’s first international music festival, and has taken place every late August since 2010, at Fisherman’s Camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha (t0715 050588,; three-day tickets). Energetic and dance-oriented on the Saturday, it turns more low-key and family-friendly on Sunday when the mood is blankets, picnics and beer. The highly recommended festival features mostly Kenyan artists and a few international acts playing from a single, central stage to an audience of a few hundred. Recent line-ups have included Ayub Ogada, DJ Yoda, J Star, Suzanna Owiyo, Frankie Francis, Jesse Hackett from Gorillaz, Joe Driscoll and Felix B from Basement Jaxx. You can stay anywhere around the lake and walk, cycle or get a matatu every day, or book ahead if you want to stay on-site.

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