Named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries, the Hell’s Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa.

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Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa. Via

Reasons why a trip to Hell’s Gate National Park should be on your bucket list before the end of 2018:

  1. Walking Safaris | You get to enjoy walking safaris and even families with young energetic children can take part in a walk in the wild alongside zebras, elands, gazelles and giraffes.
  1. Bike Rides | Bike rides are an option if walking is not what you fancy doing.
  1. Outdoor Camping | Camping facilities are available within the park so it’s a wonderful place for you to pitch up tent under the dazzling Kenyan night sky.
  1. Game Viewing Safaris | On a visit to the park you get to see African buffaloes, zebras, elands, hartebeests, Thomson’s gazelles, baboons and over 100 bird species including vultures, Verreaux’s eagles, augur buzzards and swifts. Rare lammergeier vultures, as well as the Chandler’s mountain reedbuck and the klipspringer antelope also call the park home.
  1. Beautiful Scenery and Hiking | Amazing scenery will surround you thanks to Fischer’s Tower, the Central Tower and the park’s gorge.
  2. Short Distance | The distance from Nairobi to this place is so close.


It is once again a holiday season and everyone is on vacation mode. Everyone is planning for a trip to some dream destination probably noted somewhere on your wish list. You may be wondering how to start planning. Well, we have good news for you; traveling will never get any easier than these few helpful tips:

  1. Travel Agent- A travel agent Agent is like an earthly angel that is God sent; they will greatly ease your burden of planning for a safari as they will offer you travel packages according to your budget; they will also advise you on the best destinations depending on the season.  All that will be left for you is to enjoy your dream destination and admire the spectacular sceneries.
  2. Packing – A strategic and efficient packing should be considered to avoid overpacking or underpacking. A carefully thought out checklist will assist you while packing. Tips on packing
  3. Have an Open Mind- It’s your first time to travel right? Ensure that you keep an open mind; allow yourself to experience the safari on a whole new light and let yourself go! Have a chat with new people and probably get to know their culture, take a balloon ride; get your adrenaline rush up to new levels. Don’t let fear limit you on the most epic safari you deserve to experience.
  4. Health – See a doctor and find out if you may need any vaccination.
  5. Electronics- Memories are to be cherished especially if it’s your first time traveling. Ensure you have a nice camera for taking pictures and videos. Enjoy the scenic dreamy plains and the distant wildlife by ensuring you have a pair of binoculars. You should also have with you a power bank or chargers for your gadgets.

More ideas on these tips are welcome. Talk to us.

Don’t Keep Calm, Enjoy your Safari to the Fullest!

The Samburu National Reserve and lodges overlooking the park

The Beautiful Samburu National Reserve is a park filled with nature’s beauty of the wild and the gracefully flowing waters of the Ewaso Nyiro River. The river cuts across the reserve hence attracting a large number of wildlife and a huge population of crocodiles.

The reserve is a home to the Samburu’s special five which are the Gravy’s Zebra, the blue skinned Somali Ostrich, the Reticulated Giraffe(long necked antelope) and the Beisa Oryx; a species of large antelopes. The other large wildlife includes the elephants,lions, cheetahs,leopards and was also home to the famous Kamunyak; a miracle lioness that adopted baby oryx.

The Savannah plains of the Samburu National Reserve will give u a heaven like feeling when you see the graceful flight of the leaping impalas appearing any moment during your game drives. On the other hand, this same reserve will give you an adventures feeling as you see the dominant predators hunting down the subservient preys; it is a scene you wouldn’t want to deny your sight.

There is so much to explore in Samburu; so carry your cameras, binoculars and an open mind then Twendeni Samburu!

For more Information on the Samburu New Years Package click here



Arrival and Departures:

The Main port of entry to Kenya is Nairobi. The Airport is the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The national carrier is Kenya Airways.

Airport Departure Tax:

International Airport departure tax equivalent to US $ 40 per person is payable on departure from some international Airports. As this varies from Country to Country, please check on the prevailing amounts payable prior to your flight departure if not already included in your tickets.

Visa and Immigration:

Most Nationalities require Visas to the East African countries and most can be attained at your point of entry. There are always countries that are exempt from Visas or that they need special clearance so we recommend you check on the going fee with your Local embassy before travel.


All travelers to East Africa are required to have to have Yellow Fever inoculations. This needs to be done at least 10 days before you leave home. Malaria is prevalent in all East African countries. Please contact your doctor for Advice before you travel as most Malaria tablets need to be taken up to a week before travel.

What to Bring:

You should Pack the minimum , since its fairly easy to get your laundry done. Cotton is best when its hot. You should take short and long sleeved shirts ( to protect your self from mosquito bites ) , slacks and shorts. You may need a jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. It can get chilly in Nairobi at night.


In terms of photography , in order to take good wildlife pictures you will need a SLR Camera and a 200 mm lens at a minimum. A wide angle lens is also nice to have for Panoramic shots. If your going to have two lenses, we recommend having a camera body for each , since there is dust every where and the wildlife tends not to wait for you to switch your lens.

Baggage space on safari is restricted to one medium suitcase per person. plus hand luggage , ( private safaris where there are less than 7 persons in the vehicles are not subject to this restrictions). Small Duffel bags are however comfortable to travel with. A baggage weight restriction of 15kgs per person applies on air safaris . Where very small aircraft are used this may be reduced to 10kgs.


While the East African countries have there own  currencies , most tourist attractions are priced in US Dollars. Our recommendation is to take US Dollars with you for spending money and visa costs and change small amounts into local currency if need be. The official currency is Shillings.


In most of the East African Countries , banks are open from 0900 hrs to 1500hrs Monday to Friday. Some branches are open on Saturdays from 0900 hrs to 1200 hrs. Many banks are now equipped with 24 hrs ATM machines .

Credit Cards:

Visa and Master Card are widely accepted for tourist services across East Africa. There is usually a 5% mark up on top of the prices as establishments are charged a fixed percentage for all credit card transactions.


Kenya lies in a zone called East African time, or EAT which is three hours ahead of UTC ( UTC + 3 ) , this is the same as the Eastern European Summer Time.


Kiswahili is the Lingua Franca while English is the official language.


Normal precautions as in any other destination world wide should be taken. Visitors are advised not to leave cash and valuables in their hotel rooms but to make use of safe deposit boxes. One should never carry large sums of money in cash.

As in all major cities, walking alone or in small groups at night should be considered a hazard and avoided. Reliable taxis are available at all major hotels and you can also let the Bigfoot Team know of any planned movements and they will be able to facilitate this for you.

Taking photos at airports , near military installations, of policemen, the President, the national flag, the State House, State Lodges, soldiers, prisons, as well as prisoners is strictly prohibited .

Before photographing local tribes in their traditional outfits, permission should be obtained. Seek assistance of your driver or guide in this matter.

Opening Hours and Shopping:

Major Stores, tourist services , offices and museums open from 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs in large towns.

Tipping and Porterage :

It is customary to tip Porters, Waiters, Taxi Drivers and Safari Drivers and Guides.

Drinking Water:

Drinking Water from the Tap must be considered risky. Hotels and Lodges usually furnish safe water in guest rooms. Bottled Mineral water is available in every hotel and supermarkets, and in all our vehicles.

Flying Doctors Society:

Membership of the Flying Doctors Society is strongly recommended. In the event of an accident or sickness while on Safari , anywhere in East Africa within a maximum of 1000 km of Nairobi , the society will fly patients by air ambulance to Nairobi, for admittance to hospital

Mobile phones:

We have strong mobile networks in most areas in the country and in East Africa , and you can roam on the various networks and local line sim cards are easy to obtain.

Costs for telephone calls from hotels worldwide are generally high so please check the rate before making any calls from your hotel.


All the member states of East Africa have good Internet service providers. Many hotels and lodges offer email and Internet services. In most towns , there are plenty of private business centers and cybers offering these services.


Our grid is based on 240 volts and British style 3-Pin sockets. Please note that in some areas, and especially when on safari camps and lodges, electricity supply may be operated at certain times during the day and at night may be switched off after 11PM or Midnight as power is supplied through generators.


The Multicultural nature of the population is reflected in the cuisine and most dietary needs are easily accommodated .



Are you wondering what to bring with you during your next holiday? Have you got so much to pack and very little luggage space to put it all in? Then we’ve got a few tips to help you out:

  1. Decide what you will do while on holiday – As simple as that sounds, believe me when I tell you that it’s a challenge that faces a lot of travelers: deciding what to do while on holiday.The challenge usually comes from the way we are hard-wired to think so that when you start planning for your holiday, your brain automatically figures that since you are going to be taking a break, it may as well “rest” from thinking tasks – including deciding what to do on holiday.

    So what to do? Just decide – bite the bullet and plan what you will do whiling away your time.

  2. Pack light – Yep! You read that right. Even if you are going to a 12 day expedition to the Andes, do not, I repeat, do not, carry everything you own. It will simply overwhelm you packing and unpacking when you reach your destination – simple as that.
  3. Have all your essentials in a neat little side bag – Whether we are talking any official documents or medication, make sure all your essentials are in a carry-on that you can easily take with you.

So there you have it, some 3 quick tips to help you know what to pack for your next holiday.

So you’ve finally decided to lay off the office cubicle for that much needed break? You’ve probably been surfing our tours to see what could tickle your fancy…but when you take a look at the prices you begin to wonder if you really need that holiday anyway…

Well, we’re here to tell you that you do need it, and you can have it – yep! You read that right, you can have it. So read on and we’ll show you how to save for that perfect holiday.

Set a goal:

To begin with, you need to set a goal, in this case, something like this should do: “Pamper myself with an absolutely stunning beach holiday at The Sands at Chale“. With a goal like this set up, you’re more likely to go through the motions (yes they are there…) of actually putting money aside for your dream holiday.

Decide the time and date when you’d like to go:

Now that you have a goal in place, you need to decide when you want to go. Setting a time, preferably with a date is absolutely important as it helps you plan for the holiday well in advance – increasing the chances of actually going.

Decide how much to save towards the holiday

With the time and date for the holiday set, your next task is to calculate how much you’ll need to set aside (per day, week, or month) in order to accumulate the amount.

With these in place, call us up and let us book you early – don’t worry, we  can do that, and yes we can help you plan for your holiday 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Get started today.