5 Days Kenya Safari to Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Take the most out of the 5 Days of Kenya Safari. Explore Lake Naivasha national park with its famous Hell’s Gate national park, enjoy Lake Nakuru’s regal birdlife and then have the full safari experience in Mara National Reserve’s amazing setting
Highlights of the trip
Detailed 5 days Kenya Safari
- Day 1 of the 5 Days Kenya Safari: Hell’s Gate National Park
We start our safari by driving to Hell’s Gate National Park. Hell’s Gate National Park lies to the south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi. The park, which mainly, comprised of the savannah ecosystem, harbors a wide variety of wildlife.
There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles, augur buzzard and swifts, African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thompson’s gazelle, and baboons are also common.
Depart in the afternoon to Lake Naivasha which is the highest and most beautiful of the Rift Valley Lakes. Naivasha is yet another area popular for bird watching (over 400 species have been recorded). It is also a favorite weekend retreat for Nairobi residents, who come here to sail, water ski, and fish.
There are no crocodiles in the lake as the water is too cold for them. Due to altitude but there are a number of hippos. Along the lakeshore, vineyards produce grapes for the country’s fledgling wine industry. Dinner and overnight at campsite or lodge
Naivasha Kongoni Lodge
Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort
Enashipai Resort and Spa
Kiboko Luxury Camp
- Day 2 of the 5 Days Kenya Safari: Lake Nakuru National Park
Early morning pickup, then drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, across the equator, southwards of Bogoria, lays the rift valley’s most famous Lake Nakuru. Known all over the world for its flamingos, it’s alkaline and recognized as being one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Nakuru is now a rhino sanctuary, harboring a population of over 40 black and over 60 white rhinos, but the flamingos, of course, have always been the main attraction.
At times there may be almost 2 million flamingos in the residence, forming a stunningly beautiful deep pink band around the edge of the lakeshore. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight later
Our Recommended Accommodation
Ziwa bush lodge
Lake Nakuru lodge
Sarova Lion Hill Nakuru
- Day 3 of the 5 Days Kenya Safari: Lake Nakuru Maasai Mara
An early morning drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve, it holds on as one of the few places left on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in the numbers that once roamed the plains and forests of Africa.
As the northern tip of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, the Mara hosts the spectacular seasonal migration of many thousands of wildebeests, zebras, and attendant predators. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight follow
Julia’s River Camp
Amani Mara by Spirit of Kenya Collection
Beyond Kichwa Tembo
- Day 4 of the 5 Days Kenya Safari: Maasai Mara
After breakfast, we have a full day game drive with packed lunch provided. The reserve is well known for its black-manned Lion, as well as its abundant resident wildlife, and it’s one of the few places where it’s possible to see the big five during the morning’s game drive. Many of the cheetahs are so tame they seek shelter from the hot scorching sun under one’s vehicle and several climbs onto the roof to get a better view of prospective prey.
For the bird lovers, almost 500 species have been recorded: among these 16 species of eagle, plus many hawks and falcons, 6 species of vultures, 8 species of storks 4 of bustard (including Kori the bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird), and 9 species of sunbirds. Dinner and overnight and the lodge or campsite
Julia’s River Camp
Amani Mara by Spirit of Kenya Collection
Beyond Kichwa Tembo
- Day 5 of the 5 Days Kenya Safari: Maasai Mara -Nairobi
We wake up at 6 am for a sunrise game drive. At 9 am, we drive back to our accommodation for brunch then depart to Nairobi. Lunch en- route and arrival in Nairobi in the afternoon
Activities to do on the 5 days Kenya Safari
Hell’s Gate National Park
The park lies south of Lake Naivasha, North West of Nairobi. Hell’s Gate National Park was named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of prehistoric lakes that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. It was established in 1984. A small national park, it’s known for its wide variety of wildlife and for its scenery.
This includes the Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower Columns and Hell’s Gate Gorge. The national park is also home to three geothermal power stations at Olkaria. The park is equipped with three basic campsites and this includes; Maasai Cultural Center, providing education about the Maasai tribe’s culture and traditions
It is the only National Park that offers bike tours; the park also offers rock climbing and hiking through the gorge. It is also recommended as the best place for team building
- Visit Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve on the 5 days Kenya Safari
This is a vast game reserve in the semi-arid Narok County in Kenya. It is contiguous with the Serengeti national park in the Mara region of Tanzania. It is named in the honor of Maasai people who are the ancestral inhabitants of the area.
Mara means spotted in maa, a Masai language. Maasai Mara is globally famous for its exceptional population in wildlife and wildebeest immigration to and from Serengeti every year during the dry season from July to October.
This is commonly known as the Great Migration. A visit to the reserve is great venture to undertake for cultural tour of one of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, the Maasai. This noble tribe is one of the very few tribes we have retained most of their traditions.
It has a team of traditional dancers who dance o their call-and -dance response singing and perhaps their most widely known dance is the damuor rather jumping dance. You can get to join the dancing as these flexible male dancers jump higher and higher to the rhythms of the enchanting music accompanying to their dance stroke
Masai Mara has several tourism activities. Among others, these are the hot air balloons over the reserve, safari drives, nature walk, bird watching, site seeing, guided bush walk and hiking
Lake Naivasha national park
The beautiful freshwater lake, surrounded by thick papyrus. It is located some 80 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, just outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County. The lake derives its name from the local Maasai Nai’posha, meaning “rough water”, and an appropriate name as storms and strong winds transform the gentle ripple to rough waves in an instant. The lake is situated in a park with broad ecological diversity and picturesque vegetation
The lake is approximately 13 kilometers across, with an average depth of five meters. Its area varies according with the rainfall, range between less than 150 to almost 1,000 square kilometers. In fact, during the early years of the 20th century, the lake dried out completely but fortunately heavy rains rescued the dried out lake bed and gave it a second lease on life
The lake draws a wide range of wildlife to her shores, including hippos, different species of birds, giraffes, buffalos, wildebeests, waterbucks, zebra, gazelle, and other herbivores, making the guided boat cruise out onto the lake most popular activity to spot the animals
Other activities around the lake include a visit to the crescent island sanctuary. The island sanctuary isn’t home to any predators so visitors safely tour around on foot with the tour guide
Adjacent to the lake is Hell’s gate National Park-its name is inspired by the red earth, towering stone pillars and cliffs and sparse animal population. In fact, its name notwithstanding the park is one of the most gorgeous sites in all of Kenya. Visitors can cycle in the dusty roads, hike the scenic canyons and visit olkaria geothermal spa to take a dip in the man- made pools
5 days Kenya Safari Inclusions and Exclusions
- Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
- Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Park admissions
- Accommodation on full board
- Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
- Transfer to and from the airport
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Phone calls bills
- International transfers
- Gratitude to tour guides
- Personal insurance
- Personal effects of any nature
- Hotel fees before and after the safari
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End of the 5 days Kenya Safari to Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve