Embark on a Safari in Naivasha and enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Naivasha & Tour Hell's Gate National Park. Naivasha is unique in that it features an extinct volcano, a thick forest, hundreds of Umbrella Acacia trees, and is home to Mt Longonot, Hells Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha.
Lake Naivasha can be wonderfully noisy, especially in the evenings, when males hippos are fighting, marabou stork are squawking, and monkeys emit their reverberating hoots. Birdlife is prolific and the diversity makes it one of our favourite birding destinations in East Africa. But most of all, Lake Naivasha is calm. Two hours north of Nairobi, on route to Lake Nakuru and Mount Kenya, it's a place for relaxing and recharging the batteries.
Lake Naivasha is abundant in wildlife.
Hippos dominate and there are thousands in the lake, each pod with its own territory. They graze beneath the lakeside lodges, an enchanting sight while fine dining beneath the stars. Wildlife is scattered across the lakeshore and often visible from the main road, the likes of zebra, giraffe, buffalo, and gazelle all feeding without the threat of predators. Vervet and colobus monkeys are equally plentiful and we've often opened the curtains to a troop inhabiting our balcony.
Hell's Gate National Park is the real-inspiration of Lion King.
When visitors to Hell’s Gate National Park reach the sweeping cliffs carved by a prehistoric lake that gives the park its name, they’ll discover that Pride Rock’s real-life inspiration is no less majestic. The fact that you won’t actually see Simba (which means lion in Swahili) is the park’s secret advantage: the lack of predators means you can take in savannas and come face to face with giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and warthogs on your own two feet—or better yet, on bicycle wheels. Hell’s Gate is one of the only places in East Africa where you can hike the totality of a park. You can even go on a biking safari—a far cry from peeping animals through a safari vehicle’s roof.
Our safari driver/guide will pick you up from the airport or your residence in Nairobi and be briefed on your safari. After this short introduction you will be on your way. From Nairobi you will enjoy a scenic drive through volcanic mountains and breathtaking views of the Kenyan landscape. Along the way you will stop at The Great Rift Valley for photographs and then on to Lake Naivasha. Start of your Safari in Naivasha
Upon arrival you will enter Hell’s Gate National Park. Here you will have the option to take a safari walk or safari drive. [Optional: Rent a bicycle and cycle through the park.] During this adventure you will enjoy a picnic lunch in the park, then continue with your safari.At an early afternoon, you shall be transferred to the shores of lake Naivasha and board a boat to crescent island. Where you shall have a chance to walk with wild animals such as Plain zebras, Maasai giraffe, Hippopotamus, Buffalo, Impalas, Waterbuck, Vervet monkeys not forgetting different species of birds.
Late in the afternoon you will return to your accommodation for a rest before an authentic African dinner. After dinner there will be a bonfire where you meet other travelers and swap stories about your safari adventure. Then it is off to bed for a good night’s sleep.
Today you will begin early. After a full breakfast, it is off for a morning walking safari excursion in Hell’s Gate National Park. Aside from all the wildlife, Hell’s Gate National Park famous for its natural geysers, star rock towers and a geothermal steam that makes it one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa. During the walk, your guide will introduce you to the lifestyle and behaviors of each animal you see and answer any questions you have.
On the drive back to Nairobi you will stop at the town of Mai Mahiu for lunch. Our driver will deliver you back to the airport or your hotel where you can say your goodbye.
What is included in the tour
- Boat Ride
- Hell's Gate Entry Fee
- AMREF Flying Doctors Evacuation Fee
What is NOT included in the tour
- Flights (International & local)