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Commorants as Seen During One Day Trip Naivasha

One Day Trip to Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate, Olkaria Geothermal Spa

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Hippo Spotted a 1 Day Trip To Lake NaivashaKenya has many amazing destinations where you can go to relax and have fun. Whether you are looking for a place where you can get some fresh air away from city life or some adrenaline rush to spice things up, a one day trip to Naivasha does the magic.

When people talk of Kenya as a holiday destination, they always talk about the famous Maasai Mara Safari or the great beach vacation experience at the coast – but have you been to Naivasha?

One Day Trip to Naivasha

Naivasha is the ultimate destination for all your vacation needs. Whether you are looking for some day trips out of Nairobi or even a boat riding experience in a serene environment, Naivasha is the right choice.

The three main places to visit in Naivasha include Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island, Hells Gate National Park, Crater Lake, and  Olkaria Geothermal Spa (Read more about these awesome destinations below).However, it is not possible to visit all these places in this Kenya Safari day trip and still get to experience their full pleasure. Therefore, the various options available are as follows:

Option 1: Visit Hells Gate National Park, then go to Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island

Option 2: Visit Hell’s Gate National Park, Crater Lake and proceed to the Geothermal Spa

Option 3: Visit Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island  and then proceed to the Geothermal Spa

Naivasha 1 Day Trip Highlights

Ø A magical road trip to Lake Naivasha
Ø Swimming at the therapeutic Olkaria Geothermal Spa
Ø Photo Sessions
Ø Rock climbing/Abseiling
Ø Crescent island tour and Crater Lake tour
Ø Lake side Picnic and Nature Walks
Ø Fish moments
Ø  Nyama Choma
Ø Drinks: Alcoholic and Soft drinks (Optional)
Ø Lake Naivasha Boat Ride and water sports
Ø Game viewing
Ø Bird watching
Ø Clean manicured garden for meditation

Itinerary For Lake Naivasha Safari 

6:30am: Pickup from Nairobi or surroundings areas and briefing on the tour (Special arrangements from other towns available too)
7:00am: The Lake Naivasha Safari kicks off
8 a.m We shall have the first stop over at the Rift valley floor, at Italian church (the smallest church) There you may take photos and enjoy the scenic view of the valley and Mt Longonot                                                               9:00am: Check in at Hells Gate National Park. Do a game drive towards the rock formations where one is likely to see zebras, warthogs, various bird species.
Participate in rock climbing at Fischer’s Tower, abseiling, hiking, trekking  and other fun activities in Naivasha.
10:00am: Proceed with wildlife viewing while taking snacks  on the way to Hell’s Gate Gorge which culminates the Hells Gate Tour.                                      11:am Trek down Hell’s Gate and have some sessions at the hot springs.         1:00 p.m: Leave the Gorge for Lake Naivasha or Geothermal Spa or Crater Lake                                                                                                                            2:00 p.m Check in at Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp for lunch                            2: 30 p.m Take a boat ride at Lake Naivasha and enjoy viewing the wide variety of animals in the lake such as Hippos and also bird watching. Good swimmers can also do open water swimming in some sections of the freshwater lake                                                                                                         3:00 p.m Pass by Crescent Island and view more animals where one sis very much likely yo see giraffes and other animals.                                                        5:00pm: Depart for Nairobi via the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway with a stopover
7:00 pm: Arrive at Nairobi and break

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Cost Inclusive

  • Transport to and fro Nairobi or similar radius in a comfy tour van
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Professional Guiding Fee
  • Photography
  • Drinking Water (500ml)
  • Boat Ride Fees
  • Geothermal Spa Swimming Fee

Cost Exclusive

Anything not mentioned in the inclusive List

What to Carry
Ø Extra clothing
Ø Cameras & Binoculars (Optional)
Ø Extra drinking water and snacks
Ø Extra cash to sort personal needs on the way
Ø Swimming Costumes, Sun Screen, Sun Glasses                      

Things To Do in Naivasha – Destinations
1.Hell’s Gate National Park

Hells Gate on 1 Day Trip Naivasha

Fischer’s Tower at Hells Gate

The name itself should be enough to spark someone’s curiosity and provoke your spirit of adventure. Hells Gate National Park takes a significant portion of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. It is a perfect destination for your one day trip to Naivasha – especially if you love adventure.

Hells Gate National Park is mostly loved because it has different types of animals including the very rare lammergeyer vultures (bearded vultures). It has spectacular scenery for your photography sessions. Such include stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes, the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, and belching plumes of the geothermal steam which makes to be one of the most impressive parks in Africa.

Things to do at Hell’s Gate National Park

  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Motorcycling
  • Trekking
  • Visiting the Hot Springs
  • Camping is also possible within the park
  • Rock climbing or abseiling at the Fischer’s Tower is always a thrilling experience
  • The park is surrounded by many camping sites which offer other fun activities such as water sports and boat riding

2.Olkaria Geothermal SPA

Nothing beats the relaxation that comes with swimming in the therapeutic Olkaria Geothermal Hot Spa. The best part about this is that you don’t have to be a swimmer to enjoy the therapeutic effects of the hot spa. Just step into the pool and let the water work its magic by helping you achieve the ultimate relaxation experience and peace of mind.

Ol Karia Geothermal Spa during a One Day Naivasha Safari

Olkaria Geothermal Spa in Naivasha

Olkaria Geothermal Spa is located inside Hell’s Gate National Park. It offers recreational, relaxing, therapeutic, and hot swimming in its aesthetic pool that blends with nature. The pool’s source of water is geothermal or rather brine which is obtained from natural underground wells within the Olkaria Geothermal field.

The hot geothermal water is first passed through a receiving pond at a temperature of around 90 degrees centigrade. This natural pond cannot be used for swimming due to the high temperatures. The water then flows to a second pond at a temperature of about 60 oC where it cools further. This pond cannot be used for swimming too. The water cools naturally to around 30 – 40 oC and then released into the third pool (main) under regular monitoring. This blue lagoon pool is usable for swimming.

The water cools further as it flows to the entire pool including the baby pool (away from entry point). This means if one want to enjoy the hottest spa moments they have to swim near the hot water entry point.  We also noticed that the water is hotter on the surface as compared to the bottom due to the laws of nature (hot water rises).

Geothermal Spa Benefits

One experience the therapeutic moments of the Olkaria Geothermal Spa and have get the chance to relax, unwind, and revitalize their bodies, mind, and soul after a tiresome week.  One also gets the opportunity to experience the cool, clean, and fresh air by the relaxing on the poolside chairs.

Swimming in the warm geothermal water has been found to have various health benefits. The water is rich in silica and Sulphur which cure such diseases as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, psoriasis and many others. The natural hot spa thus offers skin treatment with no side effects found.

3.Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp

Your one day trip to Naivasha is not complete without enjoying the ambience of Lake Naivasha. In fact, spice things up and go camping instead! I mean what’s more glorious than watching the sunset as it kisses the waters of the freshwater lake? Just the thought of it makes me feel nostalgic already!

The best part about this is that the trip from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha is only four hours long on average. This means that you can still get off work on a Friday afternoon and enjoy some fun activities in Naivasha on the same day. For the best camping experience, go to Crescent Camp, Fisherman’s Camp, or Oloiden Camp.

Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp on one day trip to naivasha

Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp

Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp is located on the shores of a vast freshwater lake in Kenya. The camp is strategically located by the lake in order to give guests the best possible chance to watch the wildlife. The camp is very popular with both amateur and professional photographers for the opportunities it offers to capture the surrounding birdlife on film.

There are many other activities on offer, as well, including boat trips and watersports on the lake, nature walks, game viewing, hiking, and biking. Did we mention sharing intimate moments by the bonfire while watching the moonlight?

When looking for a fun getaway, look no further than Naivasha. There are many free places to visit in Naivasha and you don’t have to break the bank to afford a 1 day trip to Naivasha. The Lake Naivasha National Park entrance fee is Ksh. 430 for citizens, Ksh. 1030 for residents and $43 USD for non-residents.  It is also fully dependent on your entry point since Lake Naivasha by itself is not a park.

As you can see, a one day trip Naivasha offers a lot of awesome adventures and is a good point to get started before going for a full African Safari.


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Mount Kenya Day Hike

Best Places for Hiking in Kenya

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Mt Kenya One Day Hike via Sirimon Route

Hiking Mount Kenya

Every thrill-seeking adventurer would definitely rank Kenya as one of the best places for hiking in the world. Hiking in Kenya may not be the main tourist attraction but it is a guaranteed way of exercising while experiencing the blissful and splendid touch of nature.

Hiking in Kenya

The country is naturally endowed with abundant lows and highs and spectacular sceneries for all kinds of hiking adventures. The hiking trails in Kenya are safe, some are marked out and have local guides readily available. If you are looking for the best places for hiking in Kenya then here are some of the finest destinations for you to try out.

Best Places for Hiking in Kenya

Here is a listing of the best places for hiking in Kenya based on our personal experiences and independent research.

1.Hells Gate National Park – Hiking along the Rift Valley

Hells Gate tops many lists as the most scenic hiking place in the Rift Valley. It lies south of the amazing Lake Naivasha and offers an array of trails for you to conquer. Named so due to its eerie rock formations and intense geothermal activity, it presents a challenge for any adventurer that wants to hike in a spectacular environment.

Hell's Gate National Park Gorge Walk and Hike

Hell’s Gate National Park Gorge Walk

It is an expansive park as it covers almost a quarter of the Kenyan Rift Valley with its rich savannah grassland, red colored rock cliffs, layered gorges, and deep meandering gives the destination a unique travel beauty. It comes as no surprise that the classic Lion King scenes such as wildebeest stampede valley and the lion buff were inspired by this scenic environment.

The cliffs at the park are quite high with plenty of abseiling and climbing opportunities. By the Elsa gate, there is a professional rock climbing guide to guide you climb the Fischer’s Tower, the largest volcanic pillar in the park. Besides the park has several animals where you can freely enjoy the watch on foot, by bike or vehicles. Check out the full details of a Hells Gate tour and enjoy this amazing place.

2. Kijabe Hill –  Cool Hiking Place in Kenya

This is one of the most unique hiking trails in Kenya located at Kikuyu escarpment at the west side of Nairobi. What makes it an attractive site is the fact that it is located a few minutes from the Nairobi CBD. You can, therefore, go there even on short notice and enjoy a full day of hiking.

Hiking groups in Kenya prefer to start the hike at the escarpment foot and climb steeply through the forest’s thick vegetation. The route trails along Kijabe River which has a series of scenic waterfalls. For beginners and Mt Kenya pre hikers, Kijabe Kenya hiking is an ideal place for you to trek.

3.Lake Elementaita Trekking – Top Place for Hiking in Kenya

With a long time plan for trekking in Kenya, this is a paradise to visit. Lake Elementaita is a salt water lake at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. It is surrounded by wonderful breath taking sceneries including beautiful acacia trees, the sleeping warrior and ugali hills. The lake itself is turquoise-colored with beaches full of black rocks.

Trekking around Lake Elementaita guarantees an exceptional feeling of adventure. The lake is globally known specifically for its high concentration of Lake Elementaita flamingos among other 400 bird species including the pelicans, Marabou storks, crested grebes and East African eagles. If bird watching is your thing, then Lake Elementaita is your destination.

Ugali Hills Near Lake Elementaita

Ugali Hills Near Lake Elementaita

On the Northern side of the Lake Elementaita hot springs which is a natural spa where you can freely enjoy a rejuvenating hot foot bath that will get you ready for the next phase of the hike. You can also choose the longer trail to Mlima Ugali hill and the Sleeping Warrior’s hills. This may take you about 6 hours to reach the crater and requires good hiking shoes and fit climbers. In both trails, you will pass by the Lord Cole monument, constructed 49 years ago and offers a fantastic view of the lake.

These are just some of the Lake Elementaita activities, there are so much more to be combined with trekking and hiking including camping at Duara Flamingo Camp by the shores of the lake. You can book an Elementeita trekking, hiking, swimming, and camping getaway with us HERE.

4.Ngong Hills Hike – Has a Picnic Site

Out of all the hiking places in Nairobi, Ngong hills have been marked out as one of the most thrilling and fun-filled nature trails in Kenya. This destination is specifically ideal for all hiking beginners. The Ngong Kenya hiking is spiced up with a unique game watch and activities including the Kenyan marathoner’s training among others.

Climbing Gong Hills gives you pleasure to love the art of hiking even more. Observing from a distance, the four main summits of the hill resemble the projections of a giant. According to Maasai legends, they were formed at the site where the giant fell after being slain by brave Maasai warriors.

Upon reaching the top of the Ngong hills picnic site reward you with a killer view of Rift Valley many other surrounding features. For those who have watched the movie Out of Africa, then these hills must be very familiar to you since the biggest part of the movie is based here. The recently installed wind turbines give it an additional amazing scenery. If you are looking for the best places for hiking in Kenya then, Ngong hills is one of the places to consider.

5.Loroghi Hills – Meet the Samburu People

Wild and isolated, Loroghi Hills appears in the list of the best regions for group hiking in Kenya. The hills offer you stunning views of the entire Rift valley including the deep forested valleys. The trek starts to go up the Lesiolo escarpment to a height of about 2580m at the Porter Peak.

But the most exceptional thing in this region is the opportunity to meet the Samburu people and learn about their culture. Hiking with a Samburu guide makes the trek more exciting and variable as they expound about their unique heritage making the trek more than just a walk.

And if you are social enough, you can spend a night at their manyatta’s and carry home some of their attires as a commemoration of the Loroghi hike. That would definitely be a walk worth remembering!

6. Karura Forest- Nature Walk and Hiking Near Nairobi

Located in the outskirts of Nairobi city, Karura forest is one of the best hiking places in Nairobi. The forest is surrounded by an electric fence and covers an area of 564 Ha. This is one of the nature trails in Nairobi and it takes just 20 mins from the CBD to the forest in a car.

It is deeply forested with indigenous trees that offers you a cool and natural relaxing atmosphere to walk and hike towards the waterfalls and caves at Karura River. These were the caves used by the local communities as hideouts and religious shrines by the Mau Mau freedom fighters during the Independence in Kenya.

YourConcern Tours Hiking at Kereita Forest

YourConcern Tours Hiking at Kereita Forest

Adjacent to the caves you will find Karura falls which are 50ft high with water falling over 3 shelve rocks before settling back to its gentle flow. Any time you are in Nairobi for a business or corporate forum and you have extra 3-4 hours don’t miss to visit the place. It is simply the best place for hiking, jogging, walking your dog, and bike riding.

You can join our Nairobi hiking club by registering your details HERE.

7. Mt Elgon Hiking and Trekking

Located at the Western side of Kenya, Mt Elgon is another hotspot for hiking in Kenya as well as trekking. The Mountain has a fine-looking series of craggy peaks surrounding the caldera. However, a more heartwarming experience is exploring through the geothermal springs, cave, and the forest.

Despite being at the equator, the mountain is considerably cold with frequent rains and thence the trekkers should be well prepared with sturdy footwear and warm clothing.

At the lower end of the mountain, there is Sudek and Elgon cliffs whose outlook gives the impression that they were naturally designed for rock climbing. With ample time in the country, Mt Elgon is one of the best hiking places in Kenya, away from the crazy city life. An added bonus is you get to enjoy a remarkable road trip across the scenic Rift Valley on your way there.

8. Mount Kenya Hike – Plus Mountain Climbing

Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro. It is perhaps the most challenging mountain to climb not only in Kenya but also in Africa. The Mountain is an all-time attraction to millions of experienced climbers across the world. When climbing Mt Kenya, it may take you around 5 days to reach Lenana- the highest peak.

Mt Kenya One Day Hike

View from Mt Kenya During a Hike

You will need both hiking gear and expert guiding. The park has about 30 routes to reach the Summit although Chogoria route is the most popular. Any fit trekker can make it to the Lenana, summit ascent however it is crested by two other icy peaks, Nelion and Batian.

The mount Kenya national park hiking is best suited between the months July to October. However, only the experienced and prepared hiking groups in Kenya are encouraged to undertake the challenge. For 1 day Mt Kenya hikes, Naro moru gate is the most famous entry to the park.

It usually takes about 5-7 hours to reach the moorland vegetation and back depending on your energy and expertise. The Mount Kenya national park hiking is a big-time goal every hiker should strive to achieve.

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9. Aberdare National Park – Hiking in the Forest

This is a seamless home for adventurous nature trek seekers. In the Aberdare forest, the hiking groups in Kenya usually enjoy the natural flora and fauna.  What makes this a particularly delightful destination for thrill seekers is its expanse and a huge variety of sceneries.

Hiking in Kenya, Aberdares National Park

Hiking in Kenya, Aberdares National Park (Kereita)

It has the most number of waterfalls among all destinations on the list. This includes the amazing Karuru falls, which at 237m is the highest waterfall in East & Central Africa!

I would highly recommend the Aberdare Elephant hills hike as a start to any hiking groups in Kenya planning to climb big mountains like Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya with ease. It is probably one of the most challenging hiking places in Kenya and calls for experience and endurance to go up the steep terrain through the incredible thickets and bamboo forest.

At the peak, there is an excellent view of the snowcapped Mt Kenya Peak, Murang’a, Thika town, and Nairobi with the help of a high-level focus binoculars.  On a good rainy season, like July and August, be sure to enjoy an equally challenging downhill trek with numerous but rather amusing slides and falls despite your effort to create stability.

For the Camping Trekkers, there are basic huts and campsites available however for you the place is extremely cold at night thus you should be heavily dressed. The park is populated with a good number of KWS rangers who guarantee you of your security and can take you to all the places where you can view the diverse wildlife. These include two of the Big Five, elephants and buffalo.

Our hiking group is always doing hike in the Aberdares, BOOK yourself a slot by filling in your details HERE.

10. Mount Longonot Hike

The Longonot crater provides an excellent hike. It is preferred by most of the hiking groups in Kenya for its moderate climbing difficulty. Going up the 2100m hill and taking the seven and a half km round circuit trek is one of the most fun ways to spend a free day. The view from the top of the crater across Aberdares, Lake Naivasha and the crater thin the hill as well gives you a sensational experience.

The climb up is moderately easy if taken slowly and any average climber can reach the top in less than two hours and one more hour walking round the crater rim. The adventurous trekkers, the crater has an interesting chance of abseiling although you may be needed to carry your own equipment and assistance from a local guide.

11. Menengai Crater Hike

Still on the list of the most popular hiking places in Kenya is the enormous Menengai crater located at the outskirts of Nakuru town. The crater is known worldwide as the largest volcano caldera. The crater has tumbling hills, caldera walls and a circular rim raising about 500 m from the ground and 2278 m above the seas level.

The Menengai hike is moderately tough and takes you about 8 hours trekking up bushy trails to the Summit. Upon reaching the Summit, there is an impressive view of Lake Nakuru and the surrounding. Kenya is simply a paradise for all types of hikers from the beginners to the experienced. Her rich cultural diversity and wild animals make hiking in Kenya more than just the physical exercise.

You get to meet and make friends from other hiking groups along the trails. You never know you might meet that life-long friend or trekking buddy on one of these trips. Hiking is more fun when done as a team, and we have strong Hiking groups in Kenya which organize these timely hikes and treks.  Sign up to our hiking groups HERE and lets go hiking.

Things to Carry During a Hike

  1. Suitable footwear
  2. Rain gear and extra clothes
  3. Hiking watch
  4. Map and compass/GPS
  5. Safari Hat
  6. Adequate drinking water
  7. Extra food
  8. Rain gear
  9. Safety items: whistle, light, and fire
  10. Knife or multi-purpose tool
  11. First aid kit
  12. Rain gear
  13. Sun glasses and Sun screen
  14. Trash Bag