Top 5 Things To Do In Naivasha.

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Happy new year everyone! ūüôā

I hope you enjoyed your holidays and stayed safe. I enjoyed mine. Mostly indoors since it’s freezing cold outside.

Naivasha is a favorite holiday destination for many Kenyans as is offers the sort of tranquility¬†you’d expect in the countryside, as well as a range of other outdoor activities you can engage in.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you a couple of things that you should definitely do if you are ever in Naivasha:

1. Go boat riding.

Read more about this here.

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2. Visit Hell’s Gate National Park.

Read more about this here.

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3. Explore these beautiful gorges.

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4. Go camping.

Read more about this here.

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5. Admire the wildlife.

Read more about this here.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

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Naivasha, Kenya. 4

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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! ūüôā

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! ūüėÄ 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! ūüôā

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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Always be kind.

Dee.

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Naivasha, Kenya. 3

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This was our last day in Naivasha.

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Our morning was pretty relaxed, breakfast and strolls around the lake.

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We then headed to Lake Naivasha Country Club.

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These are the kind of things that make you want to build a home in Naivasha, amazing nature and wildlife. It’s so peaceful out there.

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Cool tents to camp out in within the club.

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Perfect scenery.

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Time to re-energize.

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Just what I needed after that lunch. A trampoline!

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And then it was time to say “Adios!” to beautiful Naivasha. I’ll definitely be back again.¬†IMG_20140820_152731

Always be kind.

Dee.

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Naivasha, Kenya. 2

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Day 2 was just as chilly as the first and all we wanted to do was chill in our blankets. But then again, that would have been such a boring vacation.
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After breakfast, we fed the monkeys around our cottage with fruit and some other food we had.IMG_20140818_223400

Then took a boat ride on Lake Naivasha. We saw a number of hippopotamuses peeking from beneath the water, but unfortunately I couldn’t get a clear shot of them. ūüė¶ And the flamingos kept flying away every time we got close.20140817_162549

The sky was the only thing that didn’t hide from us. ūüôā Ok, not the only thing, but it was too pretty not to snap.
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We then drove to Fisherman’s Camp for lunch.IMG_20140818_193438

Isn’t she beautiful? ūüôā

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This house looks sort of “haunted” though. Standing all alone on an island with birds flying over it. Taken during the boat ride.IMG_20140820_152126

Sipping on my milkshake at Fisherman’s Camp.
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More giraffes along the way.IMG_20141211_143234

My most favorite part of Day 2. I don’t remember ever enjoying a bike ride that much, and the only reason I stopped was because the sun was setting.IMG_20141029_055726

Naivasha Day 3 coming soon.

Always be kind.

Dee.

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Naivasha, Kenya. 1

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Naivasha is a town in Kenya, located along the Nairobi – Nakuru highway, roughly an hour’s¬†drive from Nairobi. It¬†lies on the shore of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley.

Ps: The main setting of Disney’s “Lion King” is modelled after the main park in Naivasha – Hell’s Gate National Park.

During my last year’s¬†summer holiday, my sisters and I took a drive down to the town for a short vacation.

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It was¬†pretty¬†chilly when we arrived. We had booked a self-catering cottage in advance and had the caretaker direct us to the place via phone. Ha! Of¬†course we got lost. Almost drove through the parks into Nakuru town!!¬†I mean, we’d obviously passed the cottage because it was meant to be on the shore of Lake Naivesha…the same lake we had driven past¬†minutes ago.¬†But no,¬†both my¬†sisters were like, “Come on. We got this,” …and further into the woods we drove! Haha! ūüėÄ Well, at least we enjoyed the views on the way. There were a bunch of zebras and antelopes grazing calmly¬†just by the roadsides.

I still love my sisters to bits though. ‚̧

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There were so many giraffes roaming around as well.

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So when we finally got to our cottage, the caretaker made sure to inform us that the hippos down at the lake usually roam around the cottages at night and that we needed to be cautious about that.

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That bed was HEAVEN!

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The little monkey came to say hi as well.

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The coolest art! Maasai women brewing something… ‚̧

And then there was the cute kitty with major attitude.

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Fun Fact: Naivasha is derived from a Maasai word Nai’posha,¬†meaning “rough waters” because of the sudden storms which may arise.

Will post more about Naivasha Day 2 & 3 soon.

Always be kind.

Dee.

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