Top 7 Things to do in Naivasha, Kenya

November 5, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Naivasha in Kenya, from Africa region, is best know for National Parks. Discover best things to do in Naivasha with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Hell's Gate National Park

Lake Road South, Naivasha 20117, Kenya +254 20 2433037
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4.5 based on 580 reviews

Hell's Gate National Park

Reviewed By Josephine N - Munyonyo

This has so far been my most adventurous experience ever! The drive through the park is simply amazing with a beautiful scenery of the rocks and gorges. There's a variety of animals in the park; zebras, warthogs, buffaloes, etc (no predators). Some of my friends even got to bike with the zebras!!! We drove to the gorge and then hiked all the way to the devil's bedroom which is where Tomb Raider 2 was shot and also got a feel of the hot Springs inside the gorge. Our guide says the hot Springs are good for dandruff and all kinds of skin diseases.
After our hike, we drove straight to Olkaria Geothermal Spa. My oh my!!!! This is a must do whenever you visit Hell's Gate NP. The spa / pool is simply breathtaking. Relaxing too. Don't worry if you can't swim, the pool is not deep and you can just relax in there. It's the perfect culmination to the Hell's Gate hike. All in all, i recommend this trip to all adventurous spirits out there.

2. Crescent Island Game Park

Naivasha Bottom Road, Naivasha 20117, Kenya +254 50 2021030
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4 based on 255 reviews

Crescent Island Game Park

Reviewed By Market-Maven-J - Pretoria, South Africa

Visiting Crescent Island, the backdrop for part of the film, Out of Africa, was a highlight of our safari through Kenya and Tanzania for the unique wildlife viewing it afforded by boat and on foot.
For good reason, viewing wildlife is generally best done by protective vehicle, as undetected predators may be stalking nearby. Crescent Island is unique in that there are no predators by day, and the gentle resident animals are familiar with humans walking among them. This effectively means that visitors may walk around, explore, and take photos at leisure.
The Island, more precisely a peninsula, is accessible by boat across part of Lake Naivasha, which is an interesting and enjoyable tour on its own, as the entire place thrives with wildlife. Our boat captain took us past groups of frolicking hippos and along a place on the shore densely populated with birds (almost reminiscent of the famed Hitchcock film), even beckoning some local Water Eagles with bait for a remarkable display of their winged hunting prowess and piercing cries.
On Crescent Island, scores of animals may be found, including one of the Big Five, massive and imposing caped buffaloes, along with stately giraffes, handsome zebras, and shy gazelles and gnus. Some of the animals were only weeks or months old, and as curious of us as we were of them. One of the baby giraffes seemed to follow my wife around as she took photos. Indeed, some of our best close-ups of these beautiful animals were taken on Crescent Island, and our safari was undoubtedly enhanced by our visit there.
Special thanks goes out to Sam for taking time to kindly guided us around the area. His gentle hospitality was dearly appreciated.
Crescent Island is highly recommended for a short, unique alternative to traditional game drives!

3. Lake Oloidien

Naivasha, Kenya +254 708 798075
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Lake Oloidien

Reviewed By Grace M - Nairobi, Kenya

What a nice campsite! Lovely grounds. Clean ablutions with hot showers. You can call them up and they'll put tents up for you with comfortable mattresses, sheets and blankets. They've got tents of various sizes from 2 man to 10! Carry your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly at night. Bring a pillow too. They light bonfires for you, stragetically placed throughout the campsite, and you can hire a barbeque or bring your own. They do have a restaurant and bar. There's an electric fence round the property to keep the hippos out. Loads of hippos and bird life.

4. Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

Crater Lake, Naivasha 20117, Kenya +254 713 231920
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4 based on 76 reviews

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

Reviewed By Peter S - North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Crater Lake Sanctuary is a great alternative to Hells Gate National Park. Apart from the fact that the entry fee is significantly less, you will see lots more wildlife (the wildlife from Hells Gate have just about disappeared due to the noise of the Geothermal Plant that the Kenya Wildlife Service have allowed the Chinese to build right inside the park!!!)
The big attraction for Crater Lake Sanctuary is the fact that you often have it all to yourself, and you are allowed to walk round without a guide if you want to.

5. Life Beads Kenya

Naivasha 20117, Kenya +254 711 682316
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4 based on 9 reviews

Life Beads Kenya

Reviewed By Dan H - London, United Kingdom

Life Beads Kenya helps marginalised local women and former street boys, by giving them handicraft and production skills - creating income and self-reliance. The shop has a nice collection of bags, jewellery and home-ware great for gifts or mementos of Kenya.

6. Sanctuary Horseback Safaris

South Lake Road, Naivasha 20117, Kenya +254 708 294611
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A horseback safari provides the ideal way to explore the Great Rift Valley up close, see plenty of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, plus various other species and birds, and enjoy the fantastic Panorama of Sanctuary Farm or Hells Gate National Park. The landscape is spectacular - you will be in awe of the beauty in the areas around Lake Naivasha. Novice riders welcome!

Reviewed By DMcKK - Boston

We were in Nairobi on business and only had one day to ourselves. We bee-lined to Naivasha for a Horse-Back Riding Safari, and easily found Sanctuary Farm.
They welcomed us to the riding stables and put us on mild mannered horses where two hours went by much too quickly. The photos on their website? That really happens. You can just put yourself right into those pictures, and that’s the experience you’ll have. Even the giraffes hardly moved when we plodded through as some were stretching to munch on the yellow acacia trees and other enjoying the lush ground cover, with splayed legs.
A narrow full-length race track is well-kept and well-hidden as it's about six inches below the grass level, circling around a big section of the property. There's a polo ground and a football pitch, each complete with a modest set of bleachers for any onlookers. The wild-beasts had claimed that space the day we were there. Apparently, if visitors or the farm crew want to play a game they just put out the ball and start kicking it around. Eventually the wild-beasts get up and move out of the way. No one has to get bossy. The animals "own" the property, but they make way for people quite readily and without resentment. There's plenty of land. No reaction whatsoever to a few horses wandering through. No daytime predators---just grazers.
We rode through the calm herds of wild-beasts, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, impalas, then (my all time favorite) a tower of giraffes. Lots of suckling babies in every batch.
If you have to choose between a 4-wheel drive vehicle, a bicycle, or a horse---choose the horse. By far our best safari experience.

7. Enashipai Maa Museum

Moi South Lake Road Naivasha | Enashipai Resort and Spa, Naivasha 20117, Kenya +254 719 051000
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Take a tour of the first privately registered museum in Kenya and discover why the Maasai people continue to fascinate millions across the world. Experienced curators spent over 6 years visiting the communities to put together a real authentic museum just for you.

Reviewed By Raphaël d

we waited 10 mn for people to come and open the museum... then tell us 20$ per adult and 10$ per child, no resident price... we left! too bad because the museum looks small but interesting.

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