• Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Ride a bike and hike through Hell’s Gate National Park on a full-day, private tour from Nairobi to the wildlife reserve and Lake Naivasha that includes entrance fees, bikes, and round trip-transport from Nairobi. This customizable tour offers the rare chance to see wildlife outside of a safari vehicle while exploring a scenic part of the Great Rift Valley.

Highlights

  • Full-day, private trip to Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha
  • 2-hour wildlife tour by bicycle
  • 1-hour hiking trip through the gorges
  • Visit a Maasai community
  • Optional boat tour on Lake Naivasha (own expense)
  • Round trip-transfer from Nairobi
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

What You Can Expect

1 Day trip to Hells Gate and Lake Naivasha From Nairobi

boat ride in the Lake

Begin with 7am pickup in Nairobi, then travel to Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate National Park, with a break to get views of the Great Rift Valley from a scenic overlook along the way. Upon arriving in the park at roughly 9am, begin a 2-hour, guided bike tour: watch for herds of Thompson’s gazelle, eland, zebra, and hartebeest as you ride. Keep an eye on the sky throughout the tour, as Hell’s Gate National Park is home to more than 100 species of birds, including Verreaux’s eagles, augur buzzards, vulture, and swifts.

Continue on foot into the park’s distinctive gorges, where narrow passageways and caves are sunk into sedimentary rock. After a 1-hour walk, stop by a local Maasai community to learn about traditional life and customs in the Great Rift Valley, then head to Naivasha Fisherman’s camp for lunch (own expense).

For an additional fee of $20 per person, you can explore Lake Naivasha wildlife on a 1-hour boat tour. Spot the hippos that linger just at the surface of the water, and see some of the diverse birdlife; African fish eagles, lesser flamingos, African spoonbill, and little grebe are all common here. At 4pm, begin the return trip to Nairobi, and finish the day with drop-off in Nairobi at roughly 6pm.

Customer Reviews

Eugenia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

My guide was excellent he really put all out there to make us have a great experience! Without a doubt recommend it! Its worth the travel. The feeedom of biking and seeing the Animals up closes plus the natural landscape was increíble

The vehicle was a bit old and not much luxury but I guess is part of the experience.

Deanna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was led by Paul from Perfect Wilderness Tours and Safaris. Paul was very informative and chatty, and had loads of excellent insight regarding tourism in Kenya. He was immediately accommodating when I asked if I could stay in the car instead of ride the bicycles because my primary interest is birds, and cycling with my camera can be quite difficult. Paul also arranged a separate Masai guide who knows more about birds than he did, so that my experience would be top-notch. The drive through Hell's Gate was excellent, and the hike in the gorge was also a highlight. My only small criticism is that I was not expecting to have to pay more than 20 for the optional boat ride on Lake Naivasha as a solo passenger. Overall excellent tour, and I was very pleased that skipping the bicycles was a viable option.

gavin.nachbar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was the perfect day trip from Nairobi. Alex was a phenomenal guide, knowledgeable and friendly. Picked me up from my hotel on time and had everything planned out.

Biking is definitely the best way to see Hell's Gate - I saw giraffe, zebra, and many other animals up close.

10/10

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had an excellent experience with our tour. We booked very last minute, about 24 hours before departure. Perfect Wilderness Tours and Safaris was the operator. They quickly contacted us to confirm details, and collected us promptly from our Nairobi hotel. It was only my wife and I - so no large group at all. Smooth transport there and back, excellent Masai guide Brian for the chilled bike ride and short hike through the national park. Lunch and optional boat ride at Naivasha - I recommend taking the boat ride - about 1 hour, very relaxed, lots of hippos and birds. Would recommend this to anyone who wants an easy day trip from Nairobi, limited time to research, with a professional operator, and see a national park and ride through it rather than just sitting in a safari truck. Highly recommended.

tatiana.ferreira45 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Full day of adventure -make sure you wear trekking clothes and are ready to bike in the sand for 16km.
Paul, my driver/guide was great!
Do not miss the $20 boat tour on lake Naivasha

Bryant G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The tour was great!! It was very physically consuming, we didn't finish the Lake Naivasha tour because we fell asleep after lunch due mostly to jet lag.
Shadrak our tour guide was awesome. We were the only ones in the tour and he made sure to accommodate some of our special requests. I was also impressed by how careful he was as a driver. I would use him again.

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

I had only one day in Kenya long layover and this was the perfect tour to make the most out of my limited time. Paul was an excellent tour guide. He let me know that everything would move at my pace, and gave me all the information up front so that I could decide what extras I wanted to add/pass on. First you stop and get a nice scenic view at the top of a mountain, perfect for taking pictures and a little shop to buy souvenirs from. Then down to start the bike ride through Hell's Gate National Park... You are given the option of paying an extra 20 to be picked up at the end of the biking/hiking, plan on doing that! lol, Biking on a dirt road then hiking through the gorge is one heck of a work out, you will want to get a ride back. After that we went to Lake Naivasha, this was amazing! I was able to see a lot of animals in Hell's Gate, but seeing the hippos at the lake really was amazing. I was not impressed with the food served at the lake, I would ask to eat somewhere else if I had a second time around. If you have a limited amount of time, or are not interested in the week long safari, this tour is a great choice! You wont be disappointed.

Tips:
Wear good hiking/walking shoes and comfortable clothes
Bring water and snacks!!!
Bring cash for the numerous gift shops and extras you may want to partake in throughout the day

Kate B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was a really fantastic way to get out of Nairobi for the day and see some gorgeous sights and wildlife. It's a full day, but not so long it's not manageable. Definitely pack lots of water and get ready to be pretty physical. Between the bike rides and the hiking/climbing, you'll be feeling it later, especially if you are over 30: Shadrack was a wonderful and kind guide, super fun to hang out with. Would highly recommend.

Nikolas O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

George was a great and knowledgeable host. Really enjoyed the bike ride through the Hells Gate park as you could get very close to the animals. Was great exercise too! The lunch setting was beautiful and relaxing on the lake. The boat tour was pretty amazing getting so close to so many Hippos!

Keerthi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

George is an excellent guide with a great sense of humor. Shadrack guided the biking and hiking parts and was quite helpful. It was amazing to see the animals up-close as well as the geology of the gorge. Lunch at Fisherman and #39;s was excellent and the boat tour was fun. Tired at end but worth the value!

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