Altitude: 5,000- 7,000ft Distance from Nairobi: 90Kms
Area: 68Sq Kms Opened: 1984
Despite its name, Hell’s gate is an ideal family getaway for a day trip from Nairobi or a stopover en-route to Lake Nakuru or Maasai Mara. Visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock-climbing and a natural spa
Hell’s Gate National Park is particularly impressive with soaring red cliffs, isolated volcanic plugs, spreading grasslands dotted with game and a deep gorge where visitors can walk. Fischer’s Tower is a challenging rock climb. This park is excellent for succulents, birds of prey and other bird species. There is a geothermal project at the far end of the park. Hell’s Gate National Park is situated in the environs of Lake Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi. The park is situated 14 km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway. The park is characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. It is an important home of the lammergeyer. The climate is warm and dry and the vegetation is mainly grasslands and shrub lands with the latter being dominated by Leleshwa and several species of acacia. The gorge and cliffs are breeding sites for several species of raptors and swifts. 103 species of birds have been recorded in the park.
African buffalo, Zebra, Eland, hartebeest, Thompson’s gazelle and baboons are common animals. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope chandler’s mountain reedbuck.
Abundant birdlife is found in the small park. There are over 100 species of birds including vultures, verreaux’s Eagles, augur buzzard and swifts
What to carry for a day trip to Hell’s gate National Park
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment for overnight stay
Binoculars, camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, walking boots and guidebooks
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