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Hells Gate National Park

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The Hells Gate National Park in Kenya was established in 1984 and is located within the environs of Lake Naivasha.

The park is 15 kilometers from the turnoff of the ancient Nairobi-Naivasha Highway and 110 kilometers from Nairobi.

It is one of the most remarkable tourist destinations on earth and should be on your bucket list if you haven’t been there.

Hells Gate has within it spectacular scenery that is towering cliffs, scrub-clad volcanoes, water-gouged gorges, and rare species.

This has inspired the filming of several movies including various Hollywood blockbusters like Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

The diverse topography and geological scenery of Hell’s Gate is home to a variety of wildlife, inclusive of flora and more than 100 bird species.

Hells Gate National Park is an ideal venue for a day trip.

In addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and a natural spa.

There is no perfect time to visit the park as it is always open for wildlife watching throughout the year.

The rainy season though is not a good time to visit as this would impede your touring.

In addition, flash floods could cause loss of life as has been witnessed at times. The park is always open from 0600 hours till 1800 hours.

Key Physical Features of the Hells Gate National Park

Fisher’s Tower

Fisher’s Tower is a 75 feet tall tower, an incredible scenery with a daring rock that is perfect for climbing to assess bravery against the summit.

Locals regard the Fisher’s Tower, situated adjacent to the entry of the reserve, as a Maasai girl who was transformed into stone for defying her parents before her marriage.

The Nature Trail

After a long game drive, it is recommendable to get a resting place to stretch your legs while you enjoy silence and privacy.

The Nature Trail is a comparator’s exceptional landscape.  It is well situated for hikers and riders to have rest before they resume their adventures.

Mervyn Carnelly Raptor Hide

It is famous for visitors who want to watch birds.

The Mervyn Carnelly Raptor Hide is a viewing deck and hiding place strategically designed for visitors to watch and photograph various bird species.

OlKaria Geothermal Station

Well, the Olkaria area is geothermally active and has several power-producing stations with more exploration for more stations ongoing.

Olkaria geothermal power station is an exceptional first power station in Africa and is in close proximity to the Hells Gate National Park.

In addition, The Olkaria volcano whose magma still streams underneath is now dormant.

Visiting the power station is one of the most fulfilling and satisfying activities that you can undertake while in the vicinity.

Things to do at Hells Gate National Park

To just open up the park for you, below we share with you the several activities you can indulge in at this scenic park.

In addition and just a kind reminder, remember to carry your camera and a binocular to capture some memorable moments.

Wildlife observing

Hell’s Gate is not famous for wildlife viewing, but is still a habitat for a diverse range of wildlife.

Large herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, and warthog can be viewed within the reserve, as well as the Maasai giraffe.

There are also big cats, including lions and leopards that do live in the sanctuary though rarely seen.

Extreme sports

Hells Gate Park has diverse canyons and gorges. Thus it is renowned for rock climbers and mountain racers looking for a new challenge.

Well, these sports are dangerous and could result in broken bones or death in case of an accident.

Kindly take all precautions to ensure your safety.

You can also enjoy incredible wild bike riding – and you don’t have to carry your bike because there are available bikes for hire at the park.

Nature Walks and Trekking

I still remember the nature walk I took back in primary school and later in life when I visited this brilliant park.

If you visit this park, make sure you trek and see the beautiful nature. It is one thing that you will not forget in a long while.

Furthermore, there are tour guides to make your nature walks more comfortable, safe, and secure.


Imagine taking a deserved nap alongside birds and other wild animals – all this in the wild! Well, this is one activity I usually undertake while at this park.

Camping facilities are provided at the Hells gate National Park, so it’s an ideal place for you to set up a tent and sleep under the incredible Kenyan sky.

More reasons why you should visit the Hells gate National Park

At Hell’s Gate, you can enjoy hiking with family – you can take part in a guided nature walk alongside wildlife like zebra, eland, gazelle, and giraffe.

Enjoy the incredible experience of wild bike riding – You don’t have to carry your bike as there are available bikes for hire at the gate.

The Park has excellent mountain biking terrain and the trails are suitable for everyone – easy to follow routes – and take breaks along the way.

There is a variety of wildlife to watch such as zebras, buffalos, hartebeests, elands, gazelles, monkeys, among others.

Moreover, there has been a record of over 100 bird species. Bird watchers, you will have a great time…

There are also some endangered species including but not limited to, lammergeyer vultures, Chandler’s mountain reedbuck, and antelopes.

Hells Gate has incredible scenery provided by the Central Tower, the park’s gorge, and the Fischer’s Tower.

The Fischer’s Tower was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption activity and is now one of the reserve’s most prevalent rock climbing sites.

It was afterward named after a German traveler known as Gustav Fischer.

Hells Gate National Park Location

It is easy to get to the park from a majority of locations within Kenya via road, rail or flight.

Kindly read through and see.

Hells Gate is situated approximately 100 kilometers northwest of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi.

It is about 18 kilometers west of Naivasha.

The park offers accommodation facilities as most visitors are from a day trips to Lake Naivasha.

Naivasha is easily accessible by car via the Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

In addition, daily flights to Loldia airstrip on the western part of Naivasha are available to tour the park.

Getting to the park from Nairobi is easy, as this is one of the most significant transport centers in the region.

Intercontinental flights land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi which is just 15 kilometers southeast of Nairobi Central Business District.

Naivasha, from where you can easily access Hells gate reserve, is a suitable stop-over between Nairobi and the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The distance from Naivasha to the Maasai Mara is 170 kilometers, and it takes three and a half hours to get to the place.

At Zunguka Africa Safaris, we offer safaris to Hells gate Park. Kindly contact us to plan, customize and book your spot.

With us, be assured of a great safari to this amazing park…

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To sum it up

In a nutshell, Hells Gate National Park is one place that you should plan and purpose to visit. It is an all-in-one safari and tour spot.

Accessibility, activities, serenity, wildlife, fees, and ambiance are out of this world. You will have a memorable moment and plan to come back again after your first visit.

We can customize your trip to suit your needs and budget – be it a family safari, school trip, luxury safari, team safari, or any other trip.

This is surely one park to visit in your lifetime…

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