HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK- UP CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH WILDLIFE

Hell’s Gate National Park is a perfect sequestered weekend gateway yet close to the city.

The park is located in the great Rift valley,Kenya. About 110 km from Nairobi. It covers an area of about 68 square km and is one of the few game parks we have locally where you can walk, run or cycle alongside giraffes, zebras, warthogs, gazelles among others. Nothing beats such an adventure!

We arrived in Naivasha at 11AM and headed straight to Hell’s Gate National Park which is along the Moi South rd and accessed the park via Elsa’s Gate (you can also use Ol-karia gate). There was a long queue at the gate and it took us approximately 20mins to be cleared. We quickly learned unlike most parks in the country the roads at Hell’s Gate are well maintained hence no need for a 4WD .

Park Entrance fees:

  • Citizens ( Adults)  350/=
  • Citizens (Children) 250/=
  • Residents (Adults) 700/=
  • Residents (Children) 350/=
  • Non- Residents (Adults) USD 30
  • Non- Residents (Children) USD 20

Disclaimer: Cash isn’t allowed at the gate you’ll either pay via card or mpesa. Also each car is charged 300/=

We started our game drive with a warm welcome from the baboons at the gate and drove all the way to the Fischer’s Tower . A 25m-high volcanic column named after the German explorer, who reached the gorge in 1882. It was the starting point for a wide and deep valley surrounded by red rock walls. A group of local tourist was rock climbing here .

We continued our game drive sighting antelopes, buffalo’s, zebras, giraffes,warthogs just to mention a few along the way. The Central Tower which is the main creek coming from the left hand side when you walk the Hell’s Gate Gorge was our next stop. Unlike the Fischer’s Tower,there was no activity here.

The Devil’s bedroom as it’s popularly referred

Ol-Njorowa Gorges

We decide to refresh at the Rangers post which was really crowded.Most visitors cycle the 7km dirt road from Elsa gate and take a rest here as they wait for the afternoon sun to descend. We began a zig-zagging descent into one of the tightly winding canyons. Carved from rivers and thermal activity, these canyons split the earth in two during periods of heavy rain. Scalding water pours from cracks in the limestone walls causing steam to rise up out of the canyons which gives Hell’s Gate its name.

Park activities:

  • Game Drives
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing charged at 500/=
  • Cycling at 600/=
  • Bird watching
  • Visiting the geothermal power stations

We finished our game drive with a visit to the famous geothermal spa.

Swimming charges at Ol Karia

  • Citizens (Adults) 400/=
  • Citizens (Children) 100/=
  • Residents (Adults) 1000/=
  • Residents (Children) 500/=
  • Non-residents (Adults) 1800/=
  • Non- residents (Children)850/=
  • Group of students (under 18) 100/=

In order to visit the spa, you will have to part with the park entrance fee.

Whether or not you will be swimming in the spa, you will have to pay the entrance fee for the spa.

What to Carry

  • Passport or National identification
  • Money for rock climbing, bike rent, and swimming.
  • Snacks, drinks, and energy bars
  • Camera or phone to take pictures
  • Swimming costumes
  • Comfortable hiking shoes and clothes

Fun facts;

Simba’s Father from “Lion King Movie” died here 🙂

Also……

Angelina Jolie while shooting Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was hosted at Ol-Njorowa Gorge

Love….

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