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Hell's Gate National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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

Embark on an outdoor adventure on this multi-activity tour from Nairobi to Hell's Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha. Choose between a 2-hour bike safari, a 1-hour guided walk, or horse riding. Enjoy lunch and an optional cruise on Lake Naivasha. Start off your adventure with hotel pickup, then drive to the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint, one of Kenya’s most spectacular spots. 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 (if option selected). Expect to cycle past a range of wildlife from large antelopes to roaming zebras and everything in between. If you chose the 1-hour guided walk, spend time exploring the gorges inside the park. Gorges are small, thin depressions of land that you can walk underneath. If you chose the horse riding option instead, explore the area by horseback. Later, get driven to Naivasha Astoria Hotel, Fisherman's Camp, or Marina Camp for lunch (cost not included). If you chose the boat ride option, hop on board and start the trip across Lake Naivasha, the Rift Valley's highest lake. Encircled by verdant banks, olive trees, and cacti, this Lake Naivasha is home to exotic birds and giant hippos. After lunch or your cruise (depending on option selected), depart for Nairobi for drop-off back at your pickup place.

Nairobi: Private 5-Day Maasai Mara, Nakuru & Naivasha Tour

2. Nairobi: Private 5-Day Maasai Mara, Nakuru & Naivasha Tour

Discover Kenya's premier 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 Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru, cycle around Hell's Gate, and spot hippos on Lake Naivasha. Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve After pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi 7.30, commence your drive to Maasai 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 sunset game viewing drive in the Maasai Mara National Reserve from 4.30 to 6.30 pm after check-in. Return back to camp for a delicious buffet dinner at Miti Mingi Eco Camp https://mitimingiecocamp.com/ Rhino Tourist Camp https://rhinotouristcamp.com/ or similar Day 2: Maasai Mara Spend a day exploring the Maasai Mara National Reserve in search of the Big 5 game animals. You will drive all the way to the mara river where there are lots of resident hippos and crocodiles. You will also have a bush picnic lunch experience under the umbrella trees or overlooking the river. 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 Maasai Mara. All year round maasai mara has alot of animals roaming freely in the savanna 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 your breakfast, checkout as you game drive enroute out of Maasai Mara. Option: Masai village visit at Usd 20 per person Thereafter commence the drive to Nakuru. Arrive in time for lunch followed by relaxation, dinner, merriment and overnight stay at Lanet Matfam (http://lanetmatfamresort.co.ke/) Day 4: Nakuru to Lake Naivasha/Hell’s Gate National Park 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 at Astoria Lodge or similar. 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. Overnight at Astoria https://astorianhotels.com or similar 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: Private Full-Day Tour to Hell's Gate

3. 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.

From Nairobi: Hell’s Gate National Park Day Trip

4. 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

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Tour

5. From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel in Nairobi, head to the Giraffe Center, where you can see giraffes living in a semi-wild state. Learn about their behaviors, traits and conservation efforts. You will also get the opportunity to feed these gentle giants. Next, head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Take a walk through the center where baby elephants wait to be fed. Watch them play in the water and gargle their milk and discover each of the elephant's personal story. Once the youngest are fed, its time to feed the 2-3-year-olds, some of whom are old enough to feed themselves. Watch as they hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and make quick work of several gallons of milk. Your final stop before heading back to Nairobi will be the Karen blixxen Meseum Of house of Out Africa fame

Nairobi: Hell's Gate National Park Tour with Guide

6. 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: Hells Gate National Park Day Tour

7. 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: Day Tour of Hell`s Gate National park

8. From Nairobi: Day Tour of Hell`s Gate National park

One Day Hell's Gate National Park Adventure An adventure lover's paradise, Hell's Gate National Park is just short drive from Nairobi - making it a perfect day escape. With its unique landscape and lack of dangerous predators, Hell's Gate National Park is the perfect place to stretch your legs with guided cycling, adrenaline fueled rock climbing, and scenic hikes. A full day tour to the park includes cycling, rock-climbing, and hiking within this breathtaking park. Details of One Day Hell's Gate National Park Adventure You'll be picked up from your hotel or the airport, and immediately begin the 90km drive from the city to Hell's Gate National Park. Located between beautiful Lake Naivasha and the twin Longonot and Suswa Volcanoes, Hell's Gate is one of Africa's most visually stunning parks. While Hell's Gate is known primarily for its landscape, there is still game to be spotted within the park. Buffalo and antelopes are especially common sights, and the park is also home to a variety of birds. There are no predators or dangerous large game in the park. Your day tour includes bicycle rental, and you'll trade your safari vehicle for a bike to begin your journey through the park. Don't worry! Your car will drive behind you to ensure you've got a place to rest if you get too tired. Your first stop will be the spectacular Fisher's Tower, where the adventurous can choose to ascend the 45m tower. Equipment can be rented on the spot, and all climbs are guided by local professionals. From here, you've got a long but scenic ride to the famous Hell's Gate Gorge - where you can walk and climb your way through the distinctive terrain that helped inspire Disney's famous The Lion King. After a fun and tiring day of exploration, you'll return to Nairobi in time for dinner

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

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Hell's Gate National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Peter ist ein toller Guide, weiß viel über die Gegend und die Tiere zu erzählen. Die Radtour ist wirklich herausfordernd und auch der Weg durch die Schlucht sehr hügelig. Eine Grundfitness ist ratsam Peter nimmt sich aber auch die Zeit für Pausen und als letzter Ausweg steht auch noch ein Rücktransport mit Auto zur Verfügung. Der Tag war wunderschön, für das Essen und die Bootstour sind nochmal 50€ einzuplanen. Danke für diese fantastische Tour und die einmaligen Erlebnisse!

The on-site organization by Perfect Wildernes Tours and Safaris was excellent. Our driver Viktor, who picked us up from the hotel, also took care of everything for us at the individual events without any problems. He was always open to questions and brought us safely to all destinations. The guides at Hells Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha were also very good. I can highly recommend the organizer.

The elephant orphanage and giraffe centre trip was an incredible experience and not to be missed. A great opportunity to get up close to and learn more about the animals and the excellent care they receive. Our guide was friendly and informative, with great communication, and even took us to additional locations like the bead factory. Would highly recommend doing this while in Nairobi

Saw the big 5 as well as a load of other amazing animals. Our driver and guide was outstanding throughout the trip. Hells gate bike ride was really great fun too

Such a wonderful trip! Steven is a great driver and Gadaphi is the best guide.