When You are in Kenya....Visit Hell's Gate National Park

The Cliffs at Hell's Gate

Hells gate cliff
Hells gate cliff
Canyon at Hells gate
Canyon at Hells gate
Cycling at Hells gate
Cycling at Hells gate

Hell's Gate National Park

Background Information
Hell's Gate, the ash carpeted National Park,  in the Great Rift Valley lies some 90 kilometers West of Nairobi in Kenya. Covering an area of approxiamately 68 square Kilometers and near Mount Longonot (which erupted in the late 19th century) it is situated within the environs of Lake Naivasha. 

Hell's Gate National Park is a miniature Rift  Valley . It is characterised by diverse topography and geological scenery. It has got the cliffs (favored by rock climbers), the plains and the gorge. It's also got the hot water geysers (used for geothermal power generation), steam vents and obsidian caves. Its an invaluable and beautiful natural resource in Kenya.

Just an hour's drive away from Nairobi,  This park offers a perfect gateway  from the bustle and Hustle of Nairobi city. One day excursions to hell's Gate National Park are common especially for the business traveler to Nairobi. It also offers a great gate away for camping and picnics.

This is one of the most exiting parks in Kenya. You can  go rock climbing, horse riding, cycling and walking while the animals are watching you.

The park has almost all the animals except the Rhino. The elephants and cheetah are also rare sightings in this park. The elephants come to Hell's Gate once a year for sleep over. They come from Maasai Mara game reserve, through suswa and Naivasha and spend the night here. But they track back. It is thought that they follow an ancient migratory route to the Aberdares Ranges but when they reach here, they cannot go any further because their route is blocked by human settlements. The cheetah's have been sighted four times so far this year.

A visitor with time may choose to drive up the cliffs to Naiburta campsite. Its a breathtaking panorama. From the high vantage point, the Mau range shows over on the right, ahead is the elephant hill-the southern end of the Aberdares with the Kinangop plateau a tier below and jutting from behind Fisher's tower is the jafggedc edge of mount Longonot. From here, you can also view the Vultures from the Vulture's Hide also referred to as the Vulture's Restaurant -fitted with special glass to allow visitors to see the birds feeding at close quaters without them seeing you.

Climate:

Warm and dry.

How to Get There

Roads:
The park is accessible via tarmac road from Nairobi. (90 kms) via Naivasha Town on the Lake Road South at a Junction 5 km south of Naivasha.

Park Roads:
Except for the Western side, Hell's Gate National Park has an adequate network of primary roads and viewing circuits.

Park Gates:
Hell's Gate has two gates that are used by visitors i.e. the main Elsa Gate and the Olkaria Gate. The latter also serves the Olkaria Geothermal Station which is located inside the National Park.

Major Attractions

Game viewing, Raptor nesting in cliffs, Spectacular gorge walk, hot springs, scenic landscape, the Geothermal Station, Masai culture.

Facilities

Bandas( self Catering accomodation)
Narasha Guesthouse

Campsites:
Oldubai Campsite, Naiburuta, Endacha.

Picnic Sites:
Trails: Gorge, Fisher's Tower, Obsidian Cave.

Activities
Hiking, camping, rock climbing, biking, bird watching and wildlife viewing.

To enquire about a visit to Hell's gate contact info@east-africa-safari.com

Courtesy of Edge East Africa Safari: www.east-africa-safari.com

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