A Day Trip Visit to Lake Naivasha & Environs

A Day Trip Visit to Lake Naivasha & Environs

Lake Naivasha. About 1.5hrs outside of central Nairobi, this area is a haven away from the chaos of the city where many 3rd and 4th generation British colonialists continue to reside. Crescent Island is a particularly nice place to visit, even if you have already done a safari. Unique because it gives you the opportunity to walk around the grounds literally alongside giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impalas, etc.

 Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Naivasha.

A Day Trip Visit to Lake Naivasha & Environs

Leave Nairobi after breakfast and drive through the great rift valley escarpment, passing by the smallest Catholic Chapel built by the Itallians and arrive at Lake Naivasha in good time for the great activities paraded for the day.

Afternoon at relaxation or visit


Optional Activities in Naivasha:


• Hells gate National Reserve: USD 40 Per Person. The only reserve in Kenya where you can enjoy game viewing while on a Bicycle.


• Boat ride: USD 30 Per person.


• Visit to Crescent Island:USD 40 Per Person.


Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge or a similar hotel on Full Board basis.


Meals: Lunch 

Places to Visit in Naivasha & Activities:


1. Hell’s Gate National Park

Explore gorges, climb rocks; view wildlife includes zebras, buffalos, gazelles and hartebeests

Enjoy a nature walk and have a picnic in the park’s plains. 


2. Crescent Island

It’s about 15 minutes by boat away from the shores of Lake Naivasha. 

Enjoy a nature walk alongside wild animals.

Animals to see here include wildebeests and giraffes.


3. Lake Naivasha

A freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley 

Has a dense population of hippos and birds

Enjoy a boat ride


4. Lake Oloiden

It is surrounded by flowers farms. 

Lake Oloiden’s most striking feature is its flamingos.


5. Crater Lake

Crater Lake is just 10km from the town of Naivasha. 

The green coloured alkaline lake is within a game sanctuary. 

Enjoy game walks in this sanctuary to see birds, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes and elands.


6. Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot is one of the attractions you see when driving into the Great Rift Valley. 

This extinct volcano is part of Mount Longonot National Park. 

Animals to see here include buffalos, zebras, giraffes and gazelles. 

Mount Longonot is the best destination for a day hike.


7. Kigio Wildlife Conservancy

This sanctuary belongs to the local community, who manage its 3,500 acres. 

Animals to see include buffalos, elands, leopards, hippos, waterbucks and hyenas.


8. Lake Elementaita

This soda lake is near Gilgil Town. 

Lake Elementaita is a Ramsar site, and it has both greater and lesser flamingos.


9. Kariandusi Pre-historic Site

Kariandusi confirms Kenya is the cradle of mankind. 

The fossils found here date back to the Early Stone Age, about a million years ago. 


10. Ol Karia

Adjacent to this power plant is the Ol Karia Geothermal Spa, which has naturally heated water and is a great recreation spot. 

The pool has water with temperatures ranging from 30oC to 40oC.



Hell's Gate National Park is situated to the south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi.  It covers an area of 68km2. The park has both wildlife and bird life and some of the wildlife you will find in this park includes, buffalo, Zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson gazelle, baboons, serval cat, klipspringer antelopes and prolific birdlife features 103 species.



⦁  Aruba Dam

⦁ Game viewing

⦁ Raptor nesting in cliffs

⦁ Spectacular Gorge walk

⦁ Hot springs

⦁ The Olkaria Geothermal Station

⦁ The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide

⦁ Fischer’s Tower

⦁ Tourist circuits, nature trails and picnic site

⦁ Hiking                                     

⦁ Camping Bird watching

⦁ Wildlife viewing

⦁ Rock climbing

⦁ Cycling


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