6:30 am: Pick up at your city Hotel in Nairobi
7:00 am: Depart for Hell’s Gate National Park
9:00 am: Begin your wildlife viewing. Optional biking.
11:00 am: Walk through the gorges.
12:30 pm: Head out for lunch
2:30 pm: Experience boat ride, bird watching, and a walking safari at Crescent Island
4:30 pm: Depart for Nairobi & Drop off at the City Center or City Hotel.
Estimated Tour Time: 10 hours.
Departure Location: City Center or City Hotel
Hells Gate National Park
The only National Park in Kenya which visitors are free to leave their vehicle and walk in the Park. Hell’s Gate National Park is an ideal family getaway for a day trip from Nairobi or stopover en-route to Lake Nakuru or the Maasai Mara, located just beyond Lake Naivasha.
Hell’s Gate National Park is famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds, visitors have the choice of driving, walking, camping, cycling and rock-climbing within the park. Horseback safaris can also be arranged. Hell’s Gate National Park special locations to view include Fischer’s Tower, formerly a volcano’s plug, the Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges.
Two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley’s are worth a trip. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape. Game to view includes buffalo, Maasai Giraffe, eland, Coke’s Hartebeest, lion, leopard, and some cheetah.
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, which lies northwest of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. The name derives from the local Maasai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise.
The lake is home to a variety of types of wildlife including over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable population of hippos. The fish community in the lake has been highly variable over time, influenced by changes in climate, fishing effort and the introduction of invasive species.
CRESCENT ISLAND – The Park Where You Walk With the Animals!
There is just one “Crescent Island Animal Sanctuary”. Located on Lake Naivasha, Kenya in the Great Rift Valley. It is simply one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya, often called Naivasha best-kept secret. It is private, secure and patrolled by Guides who can accompany anyone who wishes for a guided walk. Surrounded by water, it is actually peninsular and is accessible by boat from East or West as well as by road.
The shores host abundant birdlife especially huge numbers of pelicans, cormorants, and fish-eagles with their haunting cry. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to the Island to film the herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra, and Gazelle. We are not fenced to allow the wildlife on the mainland to come in as they lose their habitat to development and the ever-increasing population. Hippo grazes all over at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day. The giraffe born on the Island return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time. Hyenas come here at night to hunt, however, they do not resident on the island. Many pythons live here can be seen occasionally with a kill.