How it works:
- Scam 1: you can rent bikes from the park, but your driver claims that you can’t and so brings you to another overpriced bike shop where he gets a commission.
- Scam 2: between Hells Gate and Elsa Gate, touts will stop you and make many fake claims (e.g. you can only get a bike here) to get you to engage their overpriced bikes and guides.
- Scam 3: you pay for 3 tourist tickets, but the cashier returns you 2 tourist tickets and 1 ticket for locals (much cheaper) clipped below that (most don’t check) and pocket the difference.
- Scam 4: at the gorge, you are asked to pay a fee even if you choose not to engage a guide.
- Scam 5: while hiking at the gorge on foot, someone may “pierce” your tire causing it to go flat, and you are then asked to pay an inflated repair fee when you return.
Places to beware:
- Naivasha: Hell’s Gate National Park
What to do:
- You can get a bike from the park, at the entrance or at Elsa Gate.
- At the gorge, the path is clear and well signposted so it’s fine not to use a guide.