A wonderful scenery will surround you right away as you reach the Hell`s gate National Park. You will have to appreciate nature while you’re here. The following features will provide you with a great scenic experience.
Fischer Tower: This tower was formed by semi-molten rock forced to a crack, cooling and hardening as it extruded. The Fischer tower is 25 meters (75 ft.) high located near the main entrance of the park. Both the Fischer’s tower and the Central tower were formed the same way, same time. The guide will take you through the folk story of the Masaai people and how they believe that she turned into a stone. To give you just a hint of the Maasai community folktale, the tower is a Maasai girl who was turned into stone after disobeying the family before her wedding. Looking at this tower and the way it was formed, you will also assume your own geological process or you may take the Masaai belief!
Obsidian Caves: These Obsidian caves and their distinctive black glass like obsidian rock are located on the Buffalo Circuit. Obsidian rock was a result of rapid cooling of molten volcanic lava coming into contact with water while being poured into a lake or ocean. This results to the glassy texture of the rock. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a dark green to black color. Obsidian can contain small air bubbles that are aligned along layers. These bubbles can produce interesting effects such as a golden sheen, known as Sheen Obsidian or a rainbow sheen called Rainbow Obsidian. Small nuggets of obsidian that have been naturally rounded and smoothed by wind and water are called Apache Tears.
Lower Gorge/Ol Njorowa Gorge: The Lower Gorge is the main attraction of the park. Walking in this gorge is a memorable adventure; a 2 hour tour to the beautiful, water eroded walls so narrow that they almost block out the sky, many hot and cold waterfalls, hot water springs, and colorful strata and rock formations. The place is also known for film productions such as the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, King Solomon’s Mines and Mountains of the Moon which used the gorge as a backdrop for their movies.
The Hell’s is exceptionally beautiful and unique compared to any other area. Presence of vegetation around the hot water is remarkable as these plants are able to survive in very high temperatures.