Hell’s Gate National Park
“A Walk on the Wild Side”
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. 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.
What to do at hells gate national park
Hells gate national park covers an area of 68.25 square kilometers. It is situated in the environs of Lake Nakuru about 90km from Nairobi. Therefore it’s suitable for bicycle riding which has always been the case .
Hells gate has two gates used by visitors , the main Elsa gate and the Olkaria gate . The latter serves the Olkaria geothermal station which is located inside the park. Therefore visiting the station is one of the things you can’t fail to do.
Obsidian cave where you’ll find moderately interesting examples of the glassy black rock so characteristic of Rift Valley lava flows . Nevertheless this is one of the remarkable attractions that every tom and harry has to visit when planning for a tour.
- African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and baboons are common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope and Chandler’s mountain reedbuck
- Prolific birdlife – there are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles, augur buzzard and swifts.
- Spectacular scenery including 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.
- Wildlife viewing
- Raptor nesting in cliffs
- Hot springs
- The Olkaria Geothermal Station
- The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide
- Tourist circuits, nature trails
- Health spa