Hells Gate National Park

Hell's Gate

“A Walk on the Wild Side” 

Named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries, the Hell's Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa. Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa.

Key features

Wildlife

  • African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle and baboons are common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope and Chandler’s mountain reedbuck
  • Prolific birdlife – there are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, augur buzzard and swifts. 

Protected Area Type

Park Size

68 sq. Km

Climate

Temperature ranges from 20-300 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm, Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December

What to take with you

  • Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight.
  • Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, walking boots and guidebooks
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Camping
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Rock Climbing

How to get there

  • 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
  • By Air: Naivasha air strip

Attractions

  • Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa.
  • Wildlife  viewing
  • Raptor nesting in cliffs
  • Hot springs
  • The Olkaria Geothermal Station
  • The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide
  • Tourist circuits, nature trails
  • Health spa

Park Entry Fee

Hells Gate National Park

Citizen

Resident

Non - Resident

Adults

KSH

Child

KSH

Adults

KSH

Child

KSH

Adults

USD

Child

USD

350

250

700

350

30

20

* Kindly refer to the document KWS Tarrifs 2016 below for other services and charges 

Park Resources

Hot Line: 0770 070 405 , 0774 435 934

Land Line 050-50407

Email: hellsgatenp@kws.go.ke

Postal Address:

Hell’s Gate National Park,

P.O. Box 234-20117,

Naivasha,

Kenya.

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