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Lake Naivasha Tours and Activities

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Lake Naivasha
Overview
Known for its rich wildlife, Lake Naivasha is a nature lover’s paradise not far from the Kenyan capital. Situated at around 6,181 feet (1,884 meters) high in the Rift Valley ridge, the lake is home to hippos, exotic birds, and wetland flora, while its fresh water draws all manner of grazers, including zebras, giraffes, and buffalo.

The Basics

Lake Naivasha is commonly visited in combination with Hell’s Gate National Park. Check off both on a full-day excursion from Nairobi, with biking, boating, or walking experiences. Multi-day tours often stop at the lake along with other South Kenyan attractions, such as Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru, and Maasai Mara—some even venture into Tanzania, stopping at highlights in Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, and beyond.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wheelchair users should confirm access arrangements with their guide ahead of time.
  • Multi-day tours typically include accommodation and meals.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to get to Lake Naivasha is as part of a tour that provides round-trip transport directly from your location. Alternatively, take a matatu (minibus taxi) from Nairobi—about a 2-hour journey.

When to Get There

Though Kenya’s rainy season brings new blooms and lush greenery, murky skies and sudden thunderstorms can make sightseeing tricky. The dry season (June through October) generally affords clearer views and more consistent weather, but much higher temperatures. For the best of both seasons, go in late April or May.

Hell’s Gate National Park

With red cliffs and herbivorous herds, Hell’s Gate is one of the few national parks that allows on-foot exploration and in-park overnight stays. And, it’s been said that the park’s dramatic gorges inspired the setting for The Lion King—making it a must-see for film fans as well as wildlife enthusiasts.

Address: Naivasha, Kenya
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Day tour to Hell's Gate National park and Boat ride on lake Naivasha

Day tour to Hell's Gate National park and Boat ride on lake Naivasha

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Take a break from the bustling capital on a day tour to Hell’s Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha. Explore by bike, boat (own expense), and foot for an intimate perspective of the unique landscape, and gain insight into the region’s history and geology from your guide. Skip the stress of public transport with included round-trip transfer, and avoid hidden costs with bike rental and park entrance fees included.
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  • 8 hours
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$128.21
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1 Day Tour Lake Naivasha And Hell's Gate From Nairobi Daily Trips

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1 Day Tour Lake Naivasha And Hell's Gate From Nairobi Daily Trips

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Save time and visit Hell’s Gate and Lake Naivasha in a day. Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental and let someone else do the driving instead. This stress-free tour includes hotel pickup, drop-off, and transfers in an air-conditioned minivan. Get outside and explore the beauty of Hell’s Gate on foot, and have time to enjoy a boat ride at Lake Naivasha. Potential animals you might spot include hippos, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and much more.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.00
$99.70
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$99.70
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Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha Guided Tour from Nairobi

Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha Guided Tour from Nairobi

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Bike, hike, and sail your way through Hell's Gate National Park on this private guided tour from Nairobi. Keep your eyes out for sightings of animals such as baboons and buffaloes inside the park, and then take the waters of Lake Naivasha to see hippos and birds. This tour also includes a visit to a Maasai community, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a break for lunch at your own expense.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.85
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$155.85
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Full-Day Tour to Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha from Nairobi

Full-Day Tour to Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha from Nairobi

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Kenya is known for its unique scenery and diverse wildlife, but knowing the best spots to see prime examples can be tricky on self-led tours. Discover Hell's Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha on a day tour from Nairobi, ideal for travelers on limited time. Be immersed in the park’s volcanic landscape as you explore by foot, and look out for native species such as zebra, giraffe, and hyena.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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Lake Naivasha day tour including the crescent island

Lake Naivasha day tour including the crescent island

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Spend the day 56 miles outside of Nairobi at the iconic Lake Naivasha. Your tour departs after breakfast and includes a stop at the Great Rift Valley Floor. It's the perfect way to escape the city and enjoy some of the African wild.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.57
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$102.57
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Day Tour To Lake Nakuru Park With Optional Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha

Day Tour To Lake Nakuru Park With Optional Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha

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Even if you only have a day free in Nairobi, escape the city and discover some spectacular birds and wildlife on this door-to-door private guided tour. First, drive to Lake Nakuru, where hundreds of thousands of flamingos can often be seen. Next, travel to Lake Naivasha and enjoy a boat ride as you watch hippos and feed eagles. Please note: Entrance fees and boat fare are at your own expense.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.21
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$128.21
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Day Trip - Hell's Gate Park & Optional Lake Naivasha Boat Ride, Crescent Island

Day Trip - Hell's Gate Park & Optional Lake Naivasha Boat Ride, Crescent Island

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This tour takes you to Hell’s Gate National Park the only National Park in Kenya which visitors are free to leave their vehicle and Walk or Cycle in it. The park is full of herbivores, Combine with hot springs, spectacular cliffs, and gorges, and you’ll have hours and hours’ worth of amazing African-ness to explore. This tour also offers you an option to take a Boat Safari on Lake Naivasha a freshwater body of water which is home to several hundred species of birds, as well as a good size hippo population.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$153.98
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Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

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Ride a bike and hike through Hell’s Gate National Park on a full-day, private tour from Nairobi to the wildlife reserve and Lake Naivasha that includes entrance fees, bikes, and round trip-transport from Nairobi. This customizable tour offers the rare chance to see wildlife outside of a safari vehicle while exploring a scenic part of the Great Rift Valley.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.21
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$128.21
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Private Tour to Mount Longonot and Optional Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha

Private Tour to Mount Longonot and Optional Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha

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Go into the Great Rift Valley to hike an extinct volcano and explore a shimmering lake on a full-day, private tour from Nairobi to Mount Longonot National Park and Lake Naivasha. A guided hike to the summit earns sweeping views across the Great Rift Valley and into forested crater, and the tour’s early departure from Nairobi means you’ll be hiking Mount Longonot in the cooler morning hours.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.00
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Private 5 Days: Hell's Gate, L. Naivasha, L. Nakuru & Masai Mara Luxury Safari

Private 5 Days: Hell's Gate, L. Naivasha, L. Nakuru & Masai Mara Luxury Safari

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Visit Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park, and Masai Mara National Reserve on a 5-day safari from Nairobi, exploring varied landscapes that are home to some of Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife. You'll have the option to choose from a wide range of additional activities, and included meals and overnights at lodges mean you can experience an authentic safari without giving up creature comforts.
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  • 5 days
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$1,948.06
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Day Trip to Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate with boat ride

Day Trip to Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate with boat ride

Take a break from busy Nairobi on this full-day tour to Hell’s Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha. Save time finding your way with hassle-free transfers directly from your hotel, leaving you more time to explore the park’s rich landscape by bike, on foot, or in a boat. Whether you want to soak up Rift Valley views or search for native wildlife, this private tour can be customized to suit you.
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  • 1 day
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$166.16
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$166.16
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4-Day Masai Mara, L Naivasha and L Nakuru - Private safari

4-Day Masai Mara, L Naivasha and L Nakuru - Private safari

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Join a private guide for a 4-day safari through Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Nakuru, customizing the trip by choosing standard, luxury, or superior accommodations. Visiting the three dramatically varied game reserves means you’ll have the opportunity to spot each of the classic Big Five wildlife in a natural habitat; optional added activities range from hot-air balloons to community-based tourism.
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  • 4 days
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$1,089.75
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Lake Naivasha and Hells gate Day Trip From Nairobi

Lake Naivasha and Hells gate Day Trip From Nairobi

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Spend the day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and in the beautiful nature of Lake Naivasha area on this full-day tour from Nairobi. Visit Elsamere Lodge, home to the late Joy and George Adamson, where the book and film “Born Free” was written. Then visit the Crescent Island Conservatory to see wildlife such as giraffes, buffalo, zebras, and monkeys in their natural environment.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Day trip to Hells gate and Lake Naivasha

Day trip to Hells gate and Lake Naivasha

Named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries, the Hell's Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa. Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa.
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  • 10 hours
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$209.24
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$209.24
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12-Day Kenya and Tanzania Budget Private Safari from Nairobi

12-Day Kenya and Tanzania Budget Private Safari from Nairobi

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Up your chances of spotting the "big five" game animals on this 11-night tour of parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Travel with a guide to Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and more on this all-inclusive tour, which introduces you to local culture while you look for native wildlife. Your guide handles all planning and logistics for you so you can just focus on enjoying the tour.
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  • 12 days
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$3,525.65
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Day Tour to Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate Park

Day Tour to Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate Park

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Spend the day away from the busy streets of Nairobi and in the great outdoors during this private excursion. Visit Hell’s Gate National Park for a biking safari, take a hike through the gorges and caves, and enjoy a relaxing boat ride on nearby Lake Naivasha (own expense). All national park fees and transportation are included for your convenience.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.26
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$160.26
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Private 6 Day Masai Mara, Hell's Gate, Lake Naivasha & Day Tour

Private 6 Day Masai Mara, Hell's Gate, Lake Naivasha & Day Tour

Experience the best of Kenya’s wildlife scene and sites of natural beauty by going on a 6-day adventure. Save hours researching highlights and planning your itinerary by having everything organized for you. Accommodation, select meals, transfers, and National Park entrance fees are included. You’ll visit David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, Hell’s Gate, Lake Naivasha National Park, and the Masai Mara National Reserve.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,553.25
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$1,553.25
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Private 4 Day Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Luxury Safari

Private 4 Day Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Luxury Safari

Amazing 4-days safari that starts with a visit to lake Naivasha for a boat safari, where you can get close to hippos and see many species of bird, you'l also stop off at Hell's Gate National park , the only park you can walk, drive or ride a bicycle.  The safari then heads to the classic savannahs of the Masai Mara where you will venture out on game drives to track down the Big Five!
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  • 4 days
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$1,449.36
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Day Trip to Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate

Day Trip to Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate

Begin with 6.30am pickup in Nairobi, then travel to Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate National Park, with a break to get views of the Great Rift Valley from a scenic overlook along the way. Upon arriving in the park at roughly 9am, begin a 2-hour, guided bike tour: watch for herds of Thompson’s gazelle, eland, zebra, and hartebeest as you ride. Keep an eye on the sky throughout the tour, . Continue on foot into the park’s distinctive gorges, where narrow passageways and caves are sunk into sedimentary rock . After a 1-hour walk, stop by a local Maasai community Go up to Devils Bedroom in the gorge Then head to The lake For boat Ride Where you will go close to hippos,break for lunch Depart for Nairobi En route the great rift valley view point Arriving in the late evening drop to your hotel for desired rest or airport to catch flight back home
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.34
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$133.34
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1 Day trip to Hells Gate and Lake Naivasha From Nairobi

1 Day trip to Hells Gate and Lake Naivasha From Nairobi

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Ride a bike and hike through Hell’s Gate National Park on a full-day, private tour from Nairobi to the wildlife reserve and Lake Naivasha that includes entrance fees, bikes, and round trip-transport from Nairobi. This customizable tour offers the rare chance to see wildlife outside of a safari vehicle while exploring a scenic part of the Great Rift Valley.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$173.08
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$173.08
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4 Days 3 night Mara, Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate

4 Days 3 night Mara, Lake Naivasha & Hells Gate

This safari will take you to the Masai Mara where you can witness the Wildebeest Migration especially in July through to September. You get best chances to see the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino. Thereafter you enjoy the tranquil relaxed atmosphere of Naivasha which is lying in the Great Rift Valley. During a boat ride you can watch hippos grazing on the lake side while big eagles hunt for fish in the lake. Engage in an active adventure walking or biking in the very scenic Hells Gate National Park – a perfect finish to this amazing tour.
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  • 4 days
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$1,385.00
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$1,385.00

9 Days Amboseli, Aberdare, Ol Pejeta, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara Private tour

9 Days Amboseli, Aberdare, Ol Pejeta, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara Private tour

• See Kenya's famous snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro at Amboseli National Park. • Visit The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, East Africa's Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary • Take a boat tour on Lake Naivasha and see if you can spot a hippo! • Explore Masai Mara National Reserve, regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife reserves.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$4,041.03
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$4,041.03

4 Days Special Lake Naivasha - Masai mara safari

4 Days Special Lake Naivasha - Masai mara safari

The rich flora around Lake Naivasha attracts a variety of animals that include buffalo, antelope, giraffe, warthog and monkey, and you will almost certainly catch sight of hippos lazily watching proceedings from the cooling water. The highest and purest of the Great Rift Valley’s lakes, Naivasha also plays host to a variety of birdlife; more than 400 species have been recorded here. Many can be spotted along the shoreline – from pelicans and fish eagles to weavers and warblers. Nearby Hell’s Gate National Park is well worth a visit, to see its spectacular canyons, hot springs and wildlife, as is Born Free author Joy Adamson’s house.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,692.31
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$1,692.31

3-Day Lake Naivasha and Nakuru National Park Superior

3-Day Lake Naivasha and Nakuru National Park Superior

Guest will be picked up from Nairobi city center hotel and thereafter drive to lake Nakuru, you travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai -Mahiu, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. The National Park is known for its birdlife, including flamingoes, and is home to Black and White rhinos, as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Following lunch, you will take an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park.
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  • 3 days
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$1,177.44
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