Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha & Crescent Island Safari Day Trip

Go Hiking & Boating on a One Day Tour from Nairobi

A Kenyan Lake Safari Tour from Your Chosen Nairobi Pickup Point

We’ll pick you up in style – your own private 4 x4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

See Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island in one unforgettable day trip!

Map showing route of safari from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island

Flamingos, pelicans, rhinos, giraffes, antelopes, and gazelles – it’s like your own private petting zoo! This one-day journey out of Nairobi will land you at two beautiful Rift Valley lakes and a private island alive with wildlife.

Your Africa Kenya Safaris guide will swing by at 5 am for an early pickup to begin a day filled with scenic and natural surprises.

Lake Nakuru National Park is known to glow with the colors of deep pink flamingoes, sparkling waterfalls, and deeply wooded forest. You’ll find rhinos and monkeys… and maybe lion and leopard at this beautiful park.

Nearby Lake Naivasha hosts hippos, crocs, and a water safari taking you sailing across this deep blue Rift Valley lake. More treats – acacia forests and flower farms gracing the lake as you watch for buffalo, impala, zebra, and more.

Then we’re off to the private sanctuary reserve of Crescent Island for a special walk amongst zebras, giraffes, impalas, and great colorful flocks of birdlife.

And since you got up so early, we’ll fortify you with breakfast on the way to the parks.

Lake Nakuru National Park

With its lions, flamingoes, rhinos, and Rothschild’s giraffes, Lake Nakuru is a stunning microcosm of the whole of Africa. Besides the colorful variety of wildlife, you’ll see tall, rocky escarpments, waterfalls, and verdant acacia forests. It’s hard to believe all this natural drama is so close to the city.

Check out the names of the park’s favorite animal-spotting viewpoints – Baboon Cliff, Lion Hill, and Out of Africa. True to the viewpoints’ names you’ll look for monkeys, baboons – some 56 species of mammals, and over 450 types of birdlife.

We’ll visit the local hippos, pelicans, kingfishers, and sometimes if the conditions are right, brilliant pink flamingoes who feed on the algae blooms in the deep blue alkaline water.

Seeing rhinos anywhere is a special treat and you’ve come to the best spot in Kenya to look upon these imposing but endangered creatures. We’ll visit the park’s rhino sanctuary where you’ll get views of the dozens of black and white rhinos thriving in this protected zone.

Care for a walk in the woods? A visit to Nakuru’s thick acacia forest may reward you with views of impala, waterbuck, and if you are really lucky – a large python hanging from a tree branch above!

After all that wildlife viewing it’s time for lunch. We’ll pause to enjoy a buffet at one of the park’s lodges.

Lioness seen on an East African safari tour with Africa Kenya Safaris

Fast & Flexible

At AKS you write the rules. Travel and explore at your own pace in you own way. We’re fast, flexible, and always ready to respond to your requests. Book in advance or even the day before. We’ll get you out on safari – pronto!

Rhinos grazing by Lake Nakuru
A giraffe by a large tree in Lake Naivasha National Park

Lake Naivasha

Ever been to two Rift Valley lakes in one day? You can compare the vistas of these different high-altitude lakes. Lake Naivasha is fresh water, so the look here is a bit different, as is the birdlife. But like Lake Nakuru, Naivasha is blessed with a pleasing variety of landscapes – acacia forest, nearby flower farms, extinct volcanoes, and even waterfalls.

Hop into our boat for a lazy sailing safari across the lake as we drift past bathing hippos, looking for zebra, giraffe, and antelope along the nearby shore. What a peaceful way to digest your lunch while soaking up the delights of this graceful park.

As your boat glides along you’re sure to spot some of Naivasha’s dense avian life – eagles, weavers, buzzards, kingfishers, and many more. But don’t miss the nearby forest which holds plenty of zebra and giraffe surprises.

Stay Connected or Not. Your Choice.

We realize you’re on safari to get away from the usual. Still, there are times you may want to go online… perhaps to share your photos and adventures with friends. Our safari vehicles connect with Wi-Fi, about 75% of the time so you can usually connect when you want.

Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

You can leave most tourists behind at this small, private refuge. We’ll take a guided walking tour along the shore and hills of Crescent Island to visit the buffalo, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, and other gently grazing wildlife. This petite island holds more animals per acre than any other Kenya park.

Our walk along the shore will bring us close to hippos, pelicans, cormorants, and a world of other birdlife. The feeling here is of your own private sanctuary.

Now it’s time to kick back with some coffee or a soft drink for the easy ride to Nairobi. We’ll have you at your hotel or place of your choosing by 7:00 pm. 

Join us for Africa Kenya Safaris’ getaway to these high mountain lakes where you’ll trek, sail and soak up the colors and wildlife of this special region. Please contact us here and we’ll get your mini-Africa safari up and running.

An exotic bird eating a moth as seen on safari

The Details

No one is more important to the success of your safari than your guide. At AKS, we have the friendliest, most experienced driver/guides. He will guide, host, inform, and look after you like the special guest you are. That’s our guarantee.

You’ll safari in style out to the parks in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – the best way to experience Africa with its higher seating for better views and its rugged all-wheel drive.

Please give us a shout at Africa Kenya Safaris to set up your private, personalized tour of these fun and close-by parks.

Front of a safari jeep

Check Out Your Ride

Experience your Africa Kenya Safari in a customized pop-top roof 4x4x Safari Jeep that features: Portable fridge/Cooler Box, 4 Binoculars, long-range high-frequency radio, 4G/LTE broadband WIFI connectivity, AC 230 V Power Outlets, First Aid Kit, Safari Guide Books, Baby Seats (on request), Side steps (on request) and most importantly an expert multi-lingual safari guide who will ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

Time Capsule:

Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, & Crescent Island Day Tour

5:00 am – It’s an early start but we’ve got lots to see today. Africa Kenya Safaris will pick you up from your hotel or pickup spot of your choice. Along our scenic route, we’ll stop for breakfast and get ready for a very full day.

It will still be early when we arrive at Lake Nakuru, plenty of time to see the morning light pour onto the forests and watch the birdlife sprinkled about. We’ll go on our first game drive looking for buffalo, lion, zebra, gazelle, baboon, giraffe, and so much more.

On the Rift Valley lake, we’ll keep an eye out for pelicans and the signature avian life of this park – flocks of pink flamingoes.

Then we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch at a nearby safari lodge before heading to Lake Naivasha with its complement of birdlife and small game. We’ll settle in for a boat safari across the lake, visiting hippos and enjoying the serenity of this natural location.

Rounding out our triple park day is a visit to the private sanctuary of Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, where a naturalist will take us on a guided walking safari. Expect to come upon grazing gazelle, giraffe, zebra, antelope, impala, dik-dik, and other species.

Then we’ll pile into our safari jeep for the relaxing ride back to Nairobi, where we’ll arrive early evening.

1 Day Safari Tour Highlights

– Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Hundreds of bird species including flamingos, pelicans, and more
  • Rhino sanctuary – the most rhinos in Keya
  • The Great Rift valley escarpment – awesome scenery
  • Views from Lion Hill, Baboon Cliff,
    and Out of Africa
– Lake Naivasha
  • Boat safari across the lake
  • Variety of birds – flamingos, pelicans, and more
– Crescent Island Game Sanctuary
  • Guided walking safari amongst grazing wildlife
  • Hippo, wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra and gazelle
– Buffet Lunch


A swimming pool with a view of Mount Kilimanjaro in comfort rated Amboseli safari accommodation
Lodge/tented camp options
Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Kilima Safari Camp
Economy tented camp safari accommodation in Amboseli safari park
Lodge/tented camp options
Sentrim Amboseli Camp, A.A Amboseli Camp


Please check out our prices for these private safaris – you’ll see they are the most reasonable anywhere for each tour. There are no hidden fees, plus you’ll travel in safari-style in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Tour Price is per Person in USD123456
HIGH SEASON (July-February).390300260250240230
LOW SEASON (March-June).380290250240230220

Your Tour Includes

  • Nairobi hotel / residence pick-up & drop-off.
  • Transport in a customized 4×4 pop up top Land Cruiser jeep
  • Services of a experienced English/other language speaking safari tour guide/driver
  • Boat safari at Lake Naivasha
  • Guided walking safari at Crescent Island
  • Lake Nakuru National Park entry permit
  • Breakfast stop
  • Buffet Lunch at Lake Naivasha resort
  • Lake Nakuru National
  • Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle
  • The flying doctors medical, emergency and rescue cover
  • Government taxes and local levies
Not Included In the Tour Price:
– Bottled & Soft Drinks
– Items and services of a personal nature
– Tips & Gratuities

Why Visit Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island?

Where else can you easily visit high mountain lakes graced with so much birdlife and close-by animals. Amongst the zebra, giraffe, monkeys and even lion, you’ll be treated to a bounty of natural settings – waterfalls, acacia forest, extinct volcanoes and the beautiful lakes. Close to Nairobi but a world away, this day trip will hint at the natural wonders the rest of Africa has to offer you.

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