Hell`s Gate National Park lies in Nakuru County, North west of Nairobi in Kenya between Lake Naivasha, Longonot and Suswa Volcanoes. The Park is approximately 14 kilometers after the turn off from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway, 90 kilometers away from Nairobi. The Hell`s Gate National Park is relatively smaller covering an area of 68.25km2 and 1,900 meters above sea level. The Park is covered by ashes from the Mount Longonot eruption that happened 100 years ago.
HELL`S GATE NATIONAL PARK
The Hell`s Gate National Park was established in 1984 and it is named after a narrow slippery sandstone gorge which was sculpted by water and light, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. It was named the “Hell`s Gate” by explorers Fisher and Thomson in 1883.
Within the park there’s an Olkaria I Geothermal Station established in 1981 which generates geothermal power underneath hell`s Gate from the hot springs and geysers. Later in 2000, other geothermal stations i.e. Olkaria II and Olkaria III were added. The Hell`s Gate Gorge which is lined with the red cliffs contain two volcanic plugs; Fischer`s Tower and Central Tower. Next to the Central Tower is a smaller gorge which extends to the South with a path that slopes into the hot springs that have hot water which can cause burns and sulfuric water.
The park is famous for its geothermal station, Lower Gorge and spectacular sceneries like cliffs, volcanoes gorges, and geothermal steam. It is also a good place to meet giraffes, zebras and warthogs face to face while walking or biking through the park.
- Accessibility to Hell`s Gate National Park
- What to See in Hell`s Gate National Park
- Where to Stay Around
Road Transport to Hell`s Gate National Park
By Road: This Park is accessible via tarmac road from Nairobi (90kms) via Naivasha Town on the Lake road South at a junction 5km south of Naivasha. You can hire a special vehicle while in Naivasha town or Nairobi up to the gate. Thereafter you can chose to keep in touch with the driver to pick you back from the park when your trip in done. On the Park`s Gate there are bicycles for hire to use inside the park.
Air Transport to Hell`s Gate National Park
By Air: There is Naivasha airstrip and while you’re here, you can use a vehicle to easily reach the Park. Numerous domestic airlines fly to Naivasha airport like Safarilink and many others. You can also hire a Qatar flight to access the area.
Wildlife Viewing in Hell's Gate National park
Hell`s Gate National Park is a small wildlife Safari destination with animal species like buffalos, giraffes, zebras, defassa waterbuck, black backed jackal, impala, spotted hyenas, hartebeests, eland and Thomson`s Gazelle which are common in the Park. Leopards, lions and cheetahs are around the park but can rarely be encountered.
Cycling in Hell's Gate National park
Ignore the traffic jams of big city for today and taste the remarkable experience in the beautiful land that will make your whole body re-nourished in the fragrant atmosphere. Cycling in the Hell`s Gate National Park is a do-re-do activity that you will never wish to stop. The fantastic ecosystem in this overwhelming National Park is as gifted as the Promised Land.
Scenery in Hell's Gate National park
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 in Hell's Gate National park
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.
Obsidian Caves in Hell's Gate National park
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.
Lower Gorge/Ol Njorowa Gorge in Hell's Gate National park
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.
Camping facilities in Hell's Gate National Park
- Oldubai campsite which is located on the cliff top, south of Fischer`s tower (Nairburta campsite)
- Endchata campsite (across the gorge on the northern cliffs)
However, a wide range of accommodation options are available in the neighboring Naivasha town and along Moi south lake road.
Fish Eagle Inn
Fish Eagle Inn is located on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha in the Southwestern rift Valley of Kenya. The place has got 80 guest rooms caters for budget travellers and it is 6.23km away from Hell`s Gate National Park, Fish Eagle provides Bed and breakfast on accommodation but you can be able to buy lunch and dinner separately.
Facilities & Amenities include;
- Swimming pool
- Basketball and volleyball pitches
- Pub and restaurant
- Conference facilities
- Laundry services
- Mature grounds for picnics and weddings
- Parking on premises
- Executive rooms with double beds
- En-suite single beds
- Two bed room cottages each with a double or twin-single beds
- A self-catering camping site which can hold up to 300 people
Camp Carnelley`s is a located on the banks of Lake Naivasha, 6.23km away from the pack. The Camp offers accommodation in Bandas which have en-suite bathrooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided on request. The camp caters for budget travellers and they speak English language.
- Satellite television
- Parking on premises
- No credit card facilities