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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.

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From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

2. 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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Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

3. Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you will experience a wildlife viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective. Your hot air balloon flight lasts approximately one hour and 10 minutes, drifting wherever the air currents take you, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. When your Kenyan hot air balloon safari finishes you will toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Your hour hot air balloon safari ends with a transfer back to your accommodation at in an open Jeep for easier game viewing.

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From Nairobi: Lake Nakuru National Park Full-Day Safari

4. From Nairobi: Lake Nakuru National Park Full-Day Safari

To begin your tour, you will picked up from your Nairobi hotel and set off on a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive in the Park and start a game drive around the lake to see pelicans, flamingos, ibis, plovers, storks, herons, and many others. Go to the baboon cliff to have a bird’s eye view of the Lake. The animals that you can see during a full day Nakuru National Park game drive include: rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, gazelles, hyenas, giraffes, buffaloes, zebra, cheetahs, baboons, elands, impalas, water bucks, and many others. You will return to Nairobi in the late evening.

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Lake Nakuru National Park Day Tour from Nairobi

5. 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

6. 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

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

8. 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.

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Nairobi to Lake Naivasha Day Tour with Crescent Island

9. 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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Mount Longonot Climbing Tour from Nairobi

10. Mount Longonot Climbing Tour from Nairobi

Your tour begins in Nairobi when your driver picks you up from your hotel. You will then journey approximately 1.5 hours in a private vehicle to the base of Mount Longonot. Along the way, you will stop to take in amazing panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley.  When you arrive at Mount Longonot, guides will be waiting for you to aid you on your hiking expedition.  You will hike around the rim of the crater and enjoy amazing views of the thick forest in bottom of the crater. As you hike your guide will point out wildlife to you and you will take two or three stops to cool yourself and take in the scenery. Once you arrive at the top of the crater you can take in breathtaking views. After taking in the views from the top you will slowly descend back down the crater. When you arrive back at the base your driver will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel in Nairobi. 

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What people are saying about Nakuru County

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!

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!

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.

Magical ! Very smoothly above the Massai Mara, very very good organization of the service provider, from the reservation, to the big day. A very careful team. Great breakfast.