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Hell’s Gate National Park

Why Hell’s Gate National Park

This is one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa. It is located at Naivasha near the capital Nairobi. This park’s name comes from the intense geothermal activities that are within the park’s boundaries. With a spectacular scenery and great wildlife to match. Hells Gate National park is a getaway that allows one to experience an incredible quarter of the great Rift Valley.

How to get there

By road: The Park is easily accessible from Nairobi as it is 90 kilometers from the city. It is situated 5kms from Naivasha town.

By air: Naivasha airstrip located at Naivasha town, allows visitors who travel by air to access the park easily.

What to expect

Spectacular scenery: The park has a great view of towering cliffs, stack rock towers such as the towering towers and Fischers tower, gorges at the park that are water gouged. One also gets to enjoy scenes of belching geothermal steam. It also has one of the unrivalled views of Lake Nakuru, Mt Longonot and the Abardare Ranges.

Wildlife: The Hells Gate National park is home to numerous wildlife including gazelles, baboons, hartebeests, African buffaloes, giraffes, elands and other game animals. The park is also home to over 100 species of birds including vultures, swifts, Augur bizzards and verreuxs eagels.

Olkaria geothermal power plant: The Park is popular due to the geothermal activity which has seen the Olkaria geothermal power plant to be at the park. It is a power generation plant to the country’s power grind. It stands on the lava flow of the extinct Olkaria volcano.

Tourism activities: Hells Gate National Park has camping facilities allowing visitors to put up tents and enjoy camping. The park also allows for biking, motorcycling, hiking, horse riding and rock climbing.

Bird watching: This is mostly done at the Mervyn carnnely Raptors hide. It is one of the best hiding places of raptors birds of prey. The  Mervyn carnnely Raptors hide allows visitors to view and also photograph the birds of prey at close range.


Campsites: The Park has three campsites; Endachata campsite, Oldubai campsite and Naiburta campsite. The campsites allow visitors to pitch their tents as they watch the dazzling Kenyan night sky.

Lodges: There are also several lodges that are situated near Lake Naivasha that are ideal for accommodation.

Why Hell’s Gate National Park is famous

  • The close proximity of the park to the capital and also the fact that its rates are lower compared to other national park fees makes it popular
  • The 1994 film lion King is modeled after the park and some of the crew members visited the park to study it before the film.

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