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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.

Nairobi to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

2. 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. 

Nairobi: Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha Day Tour

3. Nairobi: Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha Day Tour

After meeting your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 6:00am, start your journey to Nakuru National Park. While en route, stop at the Great Rift Valley view point where you will attain magnificent views of the escarpments. After a beautiful drive you will arrive at Lake Nakuru by 9:00am. Lake Nakuru National Park is the only park where you are guaranteed to see rhinos in their natural habitat. On the way to the park, enjoy a stop at the Great Rift Valley view point to see the volcano below. Upon your arrival, start the 3-hour game drive with your guide. Break for lunch at a local restaurant at Lake Nakuru Lodge (own cost). After lunch, continue to explore the park with your guide as you head towards Lake Naivasha. Leaving the park at approximately 3:00pm you will swap your car for a boat ride on Lake Naivasha.  While on the boat ride, enjoy bird watching, eagle feeding, and hippo viewing. After Begin the drive to Nairobi for a 6:00pm arrival and get dropped off at your hotel.

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

4. 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 After pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi, 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 game viewing drive in the Maasai Mara National Reserve after check-in. Return back to camp for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2: Maasai Mara Spend a day exploring the Maasai 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 Maasai 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.

Crescent Island Naivasha Day Tour from Nairobi

5. 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.

Lake Nakuru National Park Day Tour from Nairobi

6. 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.

Nairobi: Crescent Island Naivasha Day Tour

7. Nairobi: Crescent Island Naivasha Day Tour

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel early in the morning, at which point you will drive to Lake Naivasha. On the way to the lake, you will have one stop at the great Rift Valley view point for a photography break. Once having arrived, you will begin with a boat ride, riding in a speed boat for an hour to view wild animals. The boat will then drop you at the island, where you will be welcomed by your guides before proceeding for a walking tour. You will be able to get close to friendly wild animals with well trained guides leading you, with more animals per acre here than any other Kenyan Park. You will discover that hippos graze all over at night, and sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day. Following your guided tour, the boat will come to collect you before taking you back to the pier, from where you will depart for Nairobi.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I was very lucky to have Paul Oyugi as my guide! We was very nice during the 12h we’ve spent together visiting the amazing Nakuru National Park, it’s lake, and then Lake Naivasha with a wonderful lunch buffet at Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp. I saw a lot of animals at Nakuru Park and then the flamingos and pelicans in the lake was breathtaking. The boat ride at Naivasha Lake was also very special, saw a lot of different bird species and Crescent island by the lake as well. I paid the park fees + lunch (which was optional) + boat trip directly and would recommend to do it like that. Thank you Paul for such an unforgettable experience!!!

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!

A once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our driver Danson went above and beyond to show us all the wildlife at Lake Nakuru. Totally recommend this activity, it was such an incredible day! That being said, we also did the optional boat ride but it wasn't worth the $80 we paid just to see a family of hippos. This, however, has nothing to do with the overall activity, since the boat ride was optional. Just a thought for those considering the boat ride.

Great experience, Nakuru is close to Nairobi and I saw so many animals. I went there for flamingos and I was not disappointed! Also the route is very scenic, so worth the 3 hours driving. Stephen was a great driver and guide and Gracepatt a very flexible and responsible agency. Fully recommended!

Pick up was reliable and straight forward, our guide was named Benjamin and he was very friendly and helpful throughout the whole trip.