I had a very nice day on this trip to Hells Gate and Lake Naivasha. Sam was an excellent guide - as a solo female traveller, he made sure I felt safe on the tour and I really appreciated that.
A spontaneous decision, and following the recommendation of a friend, who had booked this trip in February 23, we booked for two.
The driver was super punctual at the point of pickup. That was a very positive surprise and off we went. The drive to the points of interest was rather lenghty - but it is what it is. We had to get used to the many speed bumps and the chosen technique getting over these. Luckily we don't get seasick that quickly. After perhaps 1.5 hours we reached the first viewpoint. We were on our own to enjoy this - besides the very persistent vendors that you expect to find here. It might have been nice to have had the back covered by the guide during this time, as my colleague and I hardly could talk without the vendors trying to dominate the discussion.
Anyway - a spontaneous stop on our request at the Catholique Church build by italian P.O.Ws near Maai Mahiu was very nice and when you know the story of the place, actually a must.
On the road went, and eventually we started spotting Baboons, then Zebras. Most of these pictures could be deleted later, as the views in the Hell's Gate Park will be much better. We chose to experience the park by car, rather than by bikes. In between we took short walks into the "wild", approaching discretely the animals. That was one of the best aspects of this tour.
The Hell's Gate gorge was actually closed due to the ealier accident. This is a big loss for this tour, but understandable measure considering. Returning we observed the geothermal energy facilities. No nice, but interesting and impressive.
Another highlight was the stop in the Fisherman's camp at Lake Naivasha. The food tasted very good and the whole atmosphere was totally relaxing. At this point we decided, that "more isn't necessarily better", and so chose to relax here rather than add the boat tour. However, I'm told by my friend that it is absolutely impressive when you can see the Hippos in the water. Perhaps if you stay till the early evening, you might see them approaching the Fishermens camp.
We then retourned to the city, which was again approx 2-2,5hours drive.
The guide was very nice, facilitating what we needed, without being constantly present. The vehicle was clean and in reasonable condition. The driving style appeared to be safe, but still needed some getting used to. The views in Hell's Gate and at the Fishermen's Camp were spectacular (but without predator cats and Elephants).
The -1 Star is due to the long ride and the missing experience of the Hell's Gate gorge (which are both not the fault of the organizers).
I enjoyed every moment of my tour. I was able to experience the beauty of Kenya and Meshack was a wonderful tour guide. His customer service was exceptional!
My husband and I took this day trip and both absolutely loved it! Gorgeous drive from Nairobi leading down the Rift Valley was stunning. The bike ride + short hike in Hell’s Gate was perfect, we were so happy to be outside on the bikes and seeing so many animals - definite highlight!!! The boat ride was great too, price could be included or something in total cost though, if you don’t elect to take the boat ride I’m not sure what else you could do around there - but highly suggest taking the ride!
Hell's Gate is absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommend and Francois was fantastic, very friendly and welcoming!
Overall, this is a good day trip from Nairobi. Hell's Gate and the boat ride were enjoyable and scenic. You're able to see several animals on both. NOTE: the Gorges walk is now closed. (That was the main reason I booked this one) They had flash flooding in November 2019 that killed 7 or so people at the Gorges and have since closed it permanently.
The tour was interesting and almost everything was included. Francis, my tour guide was great. It would be good if they checked if the gorge was closed before we arrived.
I've did this tour on the 8th of November and it was a really nice experience. If you wanna see animals from close by with a bike and you have some good physique, this is really a must do thing in Nairobi . Francis was my personal driver and he was on time, very friendly and he helped me through the day with all his experience and knowledge about Nairobi. Once arrived at Hells Gate, I got the company of Kadafi and he was very helpful in guiding me through the park. I saw so many animals, even had a close encounter with a giraf on the road... really incredible. Sadly the gorges were not open (due to the horrific incident from a few weeks ago and also due to rain). The cycling is quiet challenging as you also need to get back but Kadafi took the time. Afterwards I went to the lake. This was nice to see but just then for the hippos and the sceneray with the birds. Thank you Francis for the nice day in Nairobi.
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