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Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

1. Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Park Day Tour From Nairobi

Start off the adventure at 7 AM when you will be picked up and driven to the Great Rift Valley viewpoint, one of Kenya’s most spectacular spots. Briefly absorb the panoramic views of all the major attractions in Nairobi before moving on to Hell's Gate National Park. Get into gear and start the 2-hour biking safari around the park. Expect to cycle past a range of wildlife, from large antelopes to roaming zebras and everything in between. This is followed by an hour-long walk exploring the gorges inside the park with a private guide. Gorges are small, thin depressions of land that you can walk underneath.  Travel by motor vehicle to Naivasha Fishermans or Marina camp for lunch at 1 PM. At 2 PM, enjoy a boat ride across Lake Naivasha, the Rift Valley's highest lake. Encircled by verdant banks, olive trees and cacti this lake is home to exotic birds and giant hippos.  At 4 PM, depart for Nairobi where you will be dropped off at your hotel, area of residence, or the airport.

Nairobi: Private Full-Day Tour to Hell's Gate

2. Nairobi: Private Full-Day Tour to Hell's Gate

Depart early in the morning and drive for an hour and half (56 mile / 90 kilometer) through the Rift Valley to Hell's Gate National Park, stopping for lunch in Naivasha. Spend a day in the Rift Valley exploring Hell's Gate National Park for a great mixture of landscape and wildlife viewing. On arrival at the park you will visit the Geothermal Power Plant at Ol Karia and the Hot Springs. Hell's Gate is the only Kenyan park that officially allows transport by walking and bicycling, and the small perimeters of the park give you a chance to see a variety of wildlife.

Nairobi: Private 5-Day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha Tour

3. Nairobi: Private 5-Day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha Tour

Discover Kenya's premiere wildlife destinations on a 5-day tour from Nairobi and have the chance to see the famous Big 5 animals. Take several guided game drives around Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, cycle around Hell's Gate, and spot hippos on Lake Naivasha. Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara After pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi, commence your drive to Masai Mara via the Great Rift Valley viewpoint and marvel at the breathtaking panorama of the valley. Arrive in time for lunch, then depart on a game viewing drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve after check-in. Return back to camp for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2: Masai Mara Spend a day exploring the Masai Mara National Reserve in search of the Big 5 game animals. Between July and November, catch sight of the great migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania, a spectacular annual event only seen in Masai Mara. Keep an eye out for the predators of the savanna — lions, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, and vultures. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful surroundings. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nakuru Enjoy one final early morning game drive in the reserve. Have breakfast before beginning the drive to Nakuru, where you'll arrive in the afternoon. Day 4: Nakuru to Lake Naivasha/Hell’s Gate After an early breakfast, head to Lake Nakuru National Park for a 3-hour game drive. Look out for the rare white rhinos — one of the Big 5 — and have the chance to see pink flamingos. Continue to Naivasha, where you'll arrive in time for lunch. Visit Hell's Gate National Park for a biking safari, then enjoy a 1-hour boat ride on Lake Naivasha for birdwatching and hippo viewing. If your energy levels aren't up to cycling, you can take a driving tour of the park instead. Day 5: Naivasha to Nairobi After breakfast at your accommodation, begin your return journey to Nairobi. Enjoy lunch along the way and conclude your tour with drop-off back at your hotel or at the airport.

Nairobi: Hell's Gate National Park Tour with Guide

4. Nairobi: Hell's Gate National Park Tour with Guide

Start the tour with free pickup from your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus. Meet your guide and receive a full introduction and briefing of the tour as you head out of Nairobi city. First stop is the Great Rift Valley viewpoint to marvel out across the landscape and take some photographs for your holiday album. Next, head on to Hell’s Gate National Park, the only park in Kenya where you can drive, walk, cycle, and rock climb. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, unusual flora, and many species of bird. One such bird is the rare Lammergeyer Vulture which shares the park with over 103 other species of birds, including the incredible Verreaux Eagle. After your tour of the park, your guide will walk with you to the nearby gorges to view the ‘devil’s kitchen’ and the ‘devil’s bathroom’. There’s time here to enjoy your snacks and cold drinks to refresh from the walk and then head out to the geothermal hot springs to be amazed by the wonders of nature before heading back to the bus to return to Nairobi.

From Nairobi: Hell's Gate National Park Day Tour & Boat Ride

5. From Nairobi: Hell's Gate National Park Day Tour & Boat Ride

Your driver / guide will pick you up at 7:00 am to begin the short (little over 2 hours) drive to Hell’s Gate Park. Along our route we’ll pass the majestic Rift Valley escarpments, towering above us. At Hells gate national park you can Drive, Hike, Bike or Climb. The experience is sensational! This park is named for the great steamy clouds and geothermal hot pools that distinguish this unusual place. You’ll marvel at Hell’s Gate National Park’s stunning cliffs, rock towers, extinct volcanoes and breathtaking gorges. Hiking and cycling are encouraged here, and we can do a bit of both. We’ll trek through Hell’s Gate Gorge, a steep, red sandstone formation cut by water and time. Walking through this narrow canyon, we’ll spot the unique volcanic remnants called Fischer’s and Central Towers. Then we’re on for lunch and there after proceed to Lake Naivasha for a refreshing boat ride. Later proceed back to Nairobi for a drop off at or around 7:00pm.

From Nairobi: Hells Gate National Park Day Tour

6. From Nairobi: Hells Gate National Park Day Tour

Start your day with 7 AM pickup in Nairobi and begin your drive to Hells Gate Park. Along the way, pass the majestic Rift Valley escarpments, towering above. Experience the steamy clouds and geothermal hot pools the park is named after that make this such a unique place. Admire the cliffs, rock towers, extinct volcanoes, and breathtaking gorges throughout the park. Trek through Hells Gate Gorge, a steep, red sandstone formation, if time allows. Walk through this narrow canyon and spot the unique volcanic remnants of Fischer’s and Central Towers. Then, enjoy either a picnic lunch or your guide can suggest a nearby hotel for a hot lunch. Next, head to Lake Naivasha for a refreshing boat ride to spot some hippos. At the end of the tour, head back to Nairobi for drop-off around 7 PM.

From Nairobi: Hell’s Gate National Park Day Trip

7. From Nairobi: Hell’s Gate National Park Day Trip

Expert driver/guide picks you from your designated location be ir airport/hotel or residence in Nairobi at 6.a.m.You will drive down to the west with a brief stop over to enjoy and take pictures of the spectacular Great rift valley sceneries. Proceed with your drive to Hells Gtae national park.The only park they allow you to get out of the car comfortably.Here you have three options. You can drive ,walk or cycle through the park.We have a variety of animals that include the Giraffes, Zebras,Gazelles, Buffaloes, Hartebeest, Elands and many more.From the main gate and back it is a total of about 10 miles. Depending on weather you can have an optional guided walk through the gorge where you will see and touch hot water running naturally and nicknamed as the devils bathroom.So carry your costume you may take a hot shower. Back to the main gate lunch will follow as you will definitely be exhausted.However after lunch a refreshing boat ride will follow at the fresh water Lake Naivasha.The experience here is breathtaking.You will sail past bloats of hippos,fishermen nearby,enjoy the aquatic birds of this lake Naivasha like the fish eagles,cormorants,pelicans and more. An optional walk at the crescent island may be done before we depart for Nairobi arriving at around 7.p.m

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What people are saying about Hell's Gate National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 22 reviews

The tour went smoothly, Peter was an excellent guide who briefs you of what the day would look like. He was patient during the bike tour, keeping with my pace as well as when I need to stop to rest or to take photos. He is knowledgeable about the destination and would share the historical as well as anecdotal stories. The bike ride would have been the best time during the tour if not for the uncomfortable bike seat and the rough road! The tour was exactly how it was described. Peter was also a defensive driver even when we had encountered a horrendous traffic jam entering Nairobi. I would book other tours in the future when I return to Nairobi. Thanks for giving me a memorable experience. That’s Peter!

I booked this tour and didn’t thought much about it, so I had no idea what to expect. But cycling through a national park and being able to see all the animals so close by was amazing! Charles shared all his knowledge with me on the tour and was really helpful with the hiking trails at the viewpoints. I definitely recommend it! And Paul as my driver was amazing as well! Good conversations, learned a lot about the culture and he got me into the boat safari, which was an experience by itself. I absolutely loved the day out at Hells Gate and Lake Naivasha!

My tour guide Paul was great. He showed me everything great about the advertised regions and ushered me her professionally throughout my day and my journey. As for the program: I really enjoyed the biking and the boat ride. The nature there is just breathtaking. The Gauges were closed unfortunately so I will have to come back.

It was an unforgettable trip. The travel company is very professional and caters to the wishes of the travelers (the wishes are always preferred even if it is not on schedule) We had George as our tour guide and he was the best. We never had a tour guide with whom you felt so safe and had so much fun.

I really enjoyed the bike ride through the National Park, completely different experience to the Safaris via Jeep. Lake Naivasha is beautiful too! Great trip!