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Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha

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Naivasha Road,Nakuru County, Naivasha, Kenya

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.

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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
$128.21 per adult
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Incredible trip!
Amazing trip, so fun and went rock climbing which was an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend as a nice one day trip. Driver Charles was also very friendly and we had very interesting conversations :) thank you all!
Ahmed_E, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Nairobi

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Climbing Mount Longonot and relaxing at Lake Naivasha
Jochen_S, Jul 2021
Private Tour to Mount Longonot and Optional Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha
Thanks for a spectacular tour to Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha. Peter and "black Santa" picked me up at the hotel early in the morning. Black Santa brought us in two hours to the starting point of the hike. Climbing up the crater of Mount Longonot and walking on the rim of the vulcano was a unique experience and Peter a very helpful guide on the mountain. The relaxing part of the trip at Lake Naiwasha was well prepared, and the boat trip ideal for watching hippos and visiting the Crescent Island from the boat. I recommend this tour to everybody who wants to combine hiking and relaxing in the beautiful landscape of Kenya.
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Friendly, Fun and Safe
Anthony_F, Dec 2020
Day tour to Hell's Gate National park and Boat ride on lake Naivasha
Sammy was a great friendly driver. Very pleasant to talk too and made sure I was taken care of. The park was beautiful and the gorge was great to climb through. Good way to get out of Nairobi for a daytrip.
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Excellent Tour
Omar, Dec 2020
Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha Guided Tour from Nairobi
The tour was great. Stephen is an excellent guide and very knowledgeable about all the animal species and landmarks that you would see on this trip. He is incredibly courteous and friendly. The bike ride through Hell’s Gate was fantastic. It’s a great experience to be biking alongside amazing wildlife. Stephen made sure that everything was timed perfectly. I would highly recommend this trip with Gracepatt to anyone looking for a day activity from Nairobi, even if you have already done a safari.
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Lots of animals
ronaldm453, Sep 2019
Day Tour To Lake Nakuru Park With Optional Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha
The ride out of Nairobi is quite long and the first park is OK and has quite a few animals and a nice exposure to an African Safari. The boat ride option is a must as the island is teeming with wildlife and quite relaxing. Very worthwhile.
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Good small natural park for hiking or biking
RicardoS3369, Nov 2019
Full-Day Tour to Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha from Nairobi
Park views are great, many animals all herbivorous, so you are allowed to walk on the ground. Recommended to have a local guide as many places might be dangerous on your one. It is a Masai area and souvenirs can be purchased close to the gorge. Even though the gorge was temporarily closed, the views are worth it. Biking can get hard on the way back as you go up the slope, but perfectly possible. Get a good tour operator is a must ! the one selected by Viator page arrived 1 hour late, did not have water and I had to pay the vehicle and the driver/guide entrance, rather strange when the offer did not say so. Would not choose again GTT Africa as a tour operator, there are plenty other options. Besides that the trip is good for the hour and a half from Nairobi. The best time to do boating at Naivasha lake is in the morning from 8 to 10 best hours to see animals, noon, rainy or windy days are not good for that. Boats have no roof, so take sunscreen, hat and water to drink. Another good time is sunset, but be ready for bugs and changing weather. It is not possible to walk around the lake, only boating there. All the same enjoy it !!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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