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.
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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.