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From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

1. From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

Your adventure begins at 6:00 AM with pickup in Nairobi. From there you'll head straight to Lake Nakuru National Park. The Lake is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species at times. There can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingoes and tens of thousands of other birds at Lake Nakuru. As a result the park is referred to as the "Birds' Paradise". The National Park is also a rhino sanctuary with excellent wildlife viewing. You'll enjoy wildlife viewing as soon as you enter the park gates, and when it's time for lunch, you'll stop at the lodge where you can purchase a meal at a local restaurant.  After lunch, continue to enjoy wildlife viewing on the drive out of the park. You'll leave the park at approximately 3:00 PM and head to Lake Naivasha for an optional 1-hour boat ride. If you'd like to include the boat ride, be sure to select the correct option when making your booking. On the boat ride, enjoy bird watching, eagle feeding, and hippo viewing. At the end of the boat ride, you'll head back to Nairobi for a 6:00 PM arrival.

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Lake Nakuru National Park Day Tour from Nairobi

2. Lake Nakuru National Park Day Tour from Nairobi

Enjoy a complimentary hotel pick-up from your centrally located hotel in Nairobi or Naivasha town. Meet your professional driver who will introduce himself in a friendly manner and offer you a brief introduction to the trip ahead. Climb into a luxurious open-roofed van and set off for the Lake Nakuru National Park Stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for panoramic views and the chance to take photos. After a 3-hour drive, arrive at the National Park and begin your game drive. Discover The Pink Lake, which is world-famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth - myriads of fuchsia pink flamingos whose numbers are legion, often more than a million - or even two million. Learn about how the spectacular birds feed on the abundant algae, which thrives in the warm waters.  Continue your exploration of the park which now is home to more than 25 eastern black rhinoceros, one of the largest concentrations in the country, plus around 70 endemic southern white rhinos. There are also a number of Rothschild's giraffe, again relocated for safety from western Kenya beginning in 1977. Waterbuck are very common and both the Kenyan species are found here. Keep your eyes peeled for predators such as Masai lions, cheetahs, and leopards, the latter being seen much more frequently in recent times. The park also has large pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees. Stop for lunch at a camp or a hotel suggested by the driver. Later, you will continue with game drives and leave the park for Nairobi arriving at around 7:00 PM.

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Lake Naivasha & Hell's Gate Day Tour Admission Fees Included

3. Lake Naivasha & Hell's Gate Day Tour Admission Fees Included

To begin your tour, you will be picked up from your Nairobi hotel, or the airport at no extra cost. Then, drive to Hell's Gate National Park for an amazing day trip. Enjoy watching the local wildlife by either walking or riding a bike in the Park. This is one of the few national parks where hiking is allowed. The Park has amazing features including deep gorges, red colored cliffs, rock towers, hot springs, and geysers. This day tip offers visitors the chance to go game viewing by bicycle. Ride around the Park surrounded by hordes of wild animals like buffalo, giraffes, zebra, and impala. Later, after lunch, you will go to Lake Naivasha to have a boat ride before coming back to Nairobi.

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Crescent Island Naivasha Day Tour from Nairobi

4. Crescent Island Naivasha Day Tour from Nairobi

Start your day of adventure at your accommodation in Nairobi. After a short meet and greet with your friendly and professional driver, you will set-off for Crescent Island, stopping at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint along the way for some amazing holiday pictures.  Here, a speedboat will be waiting for you to ferry you to the Island. Along the way, you will be able to witness thousands of Birds, animals grazing by the banks of the lake and the snoring heads of huge hippopotamus. You will be accompanied for the duration of this trip with a knowledgeable guide who will you lead you through the vegetation. After your 30-minute animal watching spectacle, you will arrive at the island and enjoy a welcoming from your friendly guides. You will be lead through the island and shown an abundance of animals and vegetation. From the top of the hill, there is a 360-degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpement to Eburu and onto the Aberdares. This location boasts more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park. The park is not fenced to allow the wildlife on the mainland to come in as they lose their habitat to development and the ever-increasing population. Throughout your day, you will be able to spot hippo grazing and sleeping, giraffes and their young ones, Hyena that appear at night to hunt, many Pythons, and groups of Buffalo. You will also get a chance to stop and enjoy lunch with amazing views in the park. After spending some time on the island, your boat will pick you up once again and take you back to the mainland, setting off for Nairobi with lots of memories.

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Nairobi to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

5. Nairobi to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

7:00 is the departure time from your Nairobi hotel to the Lake Naivasha. On the way you will see the Great Rift Valley and spectacular part views of the corridor of the Rift Valley in Kenya. Once there, you will also take a boat trip to Crescent Island for about 1 hour, then come back in time for buffet lunch at Elsamere Gardens. Watch the Joy Adamson story, a 40-minute video about Joy Adamson work, their experience with the lioness Elsa and the consequent release of the movie Born Free. Visit the museum, which houses memorabilia from the movie Born Free, Joys prints of tribal paintings and other books they wrote translated to different languages, photographs and some of the awards they won for their conservation efforts. Enjoy High Tea, a tea or coffee with variety of cakes and biscuits, before departing for Nairobi. Please note that the boat ride will depend on the tides at the time. Please also wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, suncreen and a hat or cap. 

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What people are saying about Naivasha

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Lake Nakuru was beautiful and the flamingos and pelicans were impressive, in terms of their numbers and just watching their entertaining behaviours. The other animals in the reserve were an absolute bonus. tue boat ride on Lake Navaisha did not disappoint - we saw 2 different families of hippos, lots of bird life and other wildlife. Steven was an excellent driver and guide and we would love to travel with him again. I would just recommend to take snacks/food and water for the day - we chose to skip a formal lunch break so that we had more time to spend watching the wildlife - so glad that we did!

We had a fantastic day out in nature and saw some amazing animals. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We had an issue with out vouchers on entry to the park which caused a delay by around half an hour waiting in the Jeep. It didn’t overshadow our enjoyment of the day though and I would recommend this trip to others who want to see as much wildlife as possible in a tour not too far from Nairobi.

Isaiah is a pleasant guide and good driver. The park is fenominal. There are no words.

Great 1 day trip

Lake Naivasha, boat trip, Cresent Island and Elsemere were wonderful to visit.