Day Trips

Lake Elementaita’s hot springs at dawn are a bird watcher’s paradise. Early risers will be rewarded with pied kingfisher, yellow-billed stork, and many more. The hot springs are a key part of the lake’s ecosystem and act as a breeding ground for the Tilapia fish that are key to the local birds. The local Maasai have been using the hot springs for centuries and believe the water can cure certain illnesses.

Departure time: 6.30am or earlier
Duration: 1 ½ hours
Suggestion: A visit to the hot springs is ideally followed by a bush breakfast at the foot of the Sleeping Warrior crater or at the lakeshore.
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Why not take a day trip to this world famous national park, renowned for its stunning flamingos and prolific rhinos. Just a short drive from the Conservancy, this trip typically features a picnic lunch in the park.  Sunk deep in the cleft of the Great Rift Valley, one of earth’s most phenomenal geological features, ringed by shoals of extinct and dormant volcanoes and presided over by the Menengai Crater, one of the largest craters in the world, lie the turquoise-shimmering waters of Lake Nakuru. Flamingo-frosted, salt-encrusted, acacia-haloed and guarded by the prehistoric splendour of a grey-green forest of Euphorbia candelabrum, Lake Nakuru National Park offers sanctuary to some of the world’s most endangered creatures.

                    Lake Nakuru National Park

This indigenous forest area provides sanctuary to 12 out of the 100 remaining critically endangered Eastern Mountain Bongo in the world; also to troops of black and white colobus monkeys and an exceptional variety of birdlife. This day trip will feature a guided trek through the forest, which is home to unique flora and fauna. A picnic lunch will be served from a viewpoint offering magnificent views over the Great Rift Valley. This excursion is of particular interest to bird watchers.

Departure time: 7.30am
Duration: ¾ day


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In the immediate vicinity of the Sleeping Warrior:

  • Lake Elementaita
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Crater Lake
  • Hyrax Hill
  • Menengai Crater
  • Kariandusi Prehistoric Site
  • Longonot