Lake Naivasha

Naivasha, means rough water, which explains the twirling inland winds which send 'dust devils' whirling wildly across the plains into the lake making it ideal for sailing. Lake Naivasha is set on the northern side at the foot of Mount Longonot (2776m). The lake has an area of 140km² within the Great Rift Valley nearby Hell's gate Gorge & Elsamere.

Hell's Gate National Park is an area of beautiful natural breathtaking landscapes, craggy cliffs and vast open spaces that lies beside Lake Naivasha.

The park offers diverse and is full of opportunities for exiting activities. Hells Gate’s National Park name is derived from its pair of massive red tinged cliffs and the park is characterized by various scenic topography and geological vista. Located in the Hells Gate National Park is the Oljorwa Gorge,and also features natural hot geysers and numerous geological attractions.

Highlights of Lake Naivasha

  • Game viewing and Raptor nesting in cliffs
  • Stunning gorge walk and Hot springs
  • Scenic landscape and The OlKaria Geothermal Station
  • Maasai culture
  • Fischer's Tower (a former volcano's plug) and The Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges.
  • Two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock.
  • The park is home to buffalo, Maasai Giraffe, eland, Coke's Hartebeest, lion, leopard and some cheetah.
  • 103 species of bird have been recorded in the Park including vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, augur buzzard and thousands of swifts.
  • Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape.
  • The park is a haven for ornithologists and rock climbers
  • Hiking, Camping, Rock climbing, Biking
  • Horseback safaris, Bird watching ,Wildlife viewing

Adventure and Pleasure at the Lake Naivasha

  • BIRD LIFE- the Park is famous for its eagle and vulture breeding ground. Raptors nestling in the cliffs at hell's gate are fascinating to watch from the Mervyn Carnelley Raptor hide
  • HORSE RIDING – A wildlife safari on horseback offers a kind of freedom that cannot be experienced on other safaris.
  • CYCLING – is an up-and-coming trend in Kenya’s national parks providing visitors with an invigorating and challenging experience.
  • ROCK CLIMBING -‘big wall’ scale the craggy Fisher’s Tower in Hell's Gate, is a grand experience..
  • PHOTOGRAPHY -the landscape provides some unique opportunities for photography and the rift valley. The Garden Opera Company based in UK, made Hell's Gate National Park a natural amphitheater during a performance of Carmen in this unusual and stunning setting with an audience of over 700 people.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi  Day 2 : Nairobi Excursions feed giraffe by the hand  Days 3/5 : Lake Naivasha Game Viewing wild game and scenic landscape  Days 6/8 : Masai Mara game viewing  Days 9/13 : overnights Msambweni  Day 14 : homebound flight via Nairobi

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