On the last week of August, I took a solo day trip to Naivasha. Yes, a solo day trip.
I woke up at around 7 in the morning, on a Tuesday, with no agenda. So I lay in bed thinking of how I should spend the rest of the day. Then it hit me. A day trip! 🙂
I needed to find an interesting place to visit that wouldn’t take me more than 2 hours to get to. Also, I wanted to get sorta physical. Sporty, if you will. It had been a while since I’d gotten a good workout in so I had to include something challenging in this trip.
And that’s how I decided to take a solo day trip to Hell’s Gate National Park!
I was so unsure of the whole idea since I’d never been to Naivasha by public means. Google came in handy though. I left the house at 11, four whole hours later, because I was still trying to convince myself that taking that trip would probably be one of the best things I would’ve done during my summer holiday.
It took about 2 hours to get there, rented a bike for 5 USD at the gate, paid another 3 USD because I was getting in with a bike, and another 7 USD (I don’t remember the exact figure but it was around that much) for my entry to the park. Non-citizens are charged way more by the way.
There are a couple of local tour guides who’ll want to rip you off, but thanks to TripAdvisor, I was already aware of that. The park has road signs inside so getting lost is not an issue.
It was a downhill ride from the gate with the most amazing and peaceful scenery. I saw a whole lot of zebras, warthogs and antelopes on the way.
Once at the gorge, you might want to ask for a little help from the rangers and guides at that post. It’s pretty twisted in there. But boy is it beautiful!
Everyone I ran into was surprised that I was travelling alone and kept asking if I’d left “my group” somewhere along the way. Haha! 😀 They were all super nice to me though.
I got really tired after all the hiking that I hitched a ride from the gorge back to Naivasha town. That was at 6 in the evening. It goes without saying really, that the trip was totally worth it! 🙂
Oh, and by the way, according to Wikipedia, the setting of the animated film, The Lion King, is “heavily modelled after this park”.
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14 thoughts on “Naivasha, Kenya. 4”
Thank you! 🙂
Wow! You’re so brave! Weren’t you scared you’ll get eaten by a lion or something? 🙂 Very pretty photos too!
Hey Cindy! 🙂 Nah, I wasn’t scared at all. There’s usually a bunch of other people biking inside the park as well so that made me feel a little more safe I guess. ❤
What a fabulous place to have just 2 hours away! I was peering over your shoulder. No wonder you look so happy 🙂
Hey Johanna! 🙂 Yeah, it’s a really cool place. But sadly lots of people take it for granted. 😦
Beautiful shots. I love Hell’s Gate National Park.
Thanks a lot! 🙂 Have you been there before?
such an amazing place, thanks for sharing
Hey Rose! 🙂 Thanks for reading! ❤
Wow, I never thought about biking through and seeing the wildlife – amazing! Sounds much nicer than on a truck with a dozen or more people!
Hey Paula! 🙂 It’s definitely much more fun biking through the park. Have you ever been to Hell’s Gate?
I haven’t been to Africa at all unfortunately – except on safari when my Mum was 7 months pregnant with me (against doctors advice) and I don’t think that counts lol
Hahaha 😀 I’m not so sure it counts. Your mum must have been really into adventure. Hope you visit someday as well. ❤