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|HELL'S GATE INTRODUCTION :|
Hell's Gate National Park is a tiny park located between Naivasha Lake and Longonot and Suswa volcanoes and it is an ideal venue for a weekend retreat far from the urban life of Nairobi.
The park provides a variety of wildlife, unusual flora and many species of birds and is one of the two only kenyan parks where climbing, walking and biking are allowed. Covered by ashes from the Longonot eruption which occured 100 years ago, the park is famous for its geothermal station, Lower Gorge and spectacular sceneries (cliffs, volcanoes, gorges, geothermal steam).
Also, the park has very good and well equipped camping sites and there is a large choice of accommodation around Naivasha lake which is popular for watersports, bird and game viewing in private ranches and walks at Crescent Island, Crater Lake and Mt Longonot.
|How to go there :|
There are two roads to go to Naivasha, the "truck" road which go down along the escarpment and continue towards Narok, or the A104 Uplands road which continue towards Nakuru. The first one is much shorter (20 km) but the final part (after Maai Mahiu town) has lots of potholes. The second road is in very good state and much faster.
Distance Nairobi-Naivasha : 90 km
|HELL'S GATE NATIONAL PARK :|
Despite its name, Hell's Gate, given by the explorers Fisher and Thomson (1883) after their defeat against the hostile Maasai warriors, the park is a peaceful area where you can walk or do biking alongside towering cliffs and wild animals.
Few meters after the Elsa Gate, there is a spectacular view over the main cliff with Fisher Tower in the foreground. At the tower, you can turn left to go to the Central Tower through the Buffalo Circuit which is a two hours circuit offering magnificient view over the Kedong valley, the Naivasha lake and Longonot and Suswa volcanoes, and down to the gorges and their waterholes, waterfalls. Doing the Twiga Circuit (also on your left) and going to the Central Tower by the main road is a shorter alternative.
At the Central Tower point, your excursion just starts as there is possibility to walk into the Ol Njorowa gorge (24 km) or continue driving towards the Ol Karia gate to visit the Ol Karia geothermal power station.
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Altitude : 1,560 - 2,187 m (4,680 ft - 6,561 ft)|
Area : 68 km2
Localisation : 10 km from Naivasha town - District of Nakuru (Rift Valley Province)
Distance : 100 km from Nairobi
Entrances : the park has one main entrance (Elsa Gate), two secondary gates (Ol Karia and Narasha gates). Note that at the main entrance, there is a retail outlet where you can purchase water, maps and souvenirs. For a sport circuit (biking, cliff climbing, hiking), you can get good information and hire bikes at the Elsa gate.
Historic : Opened in February 1984.
The Warden : P.O. Box 234 Naivasha. Tel: +254 (0)50 20284 - Email:email@example.com.
o Scenic landscape (lookouts, rocky towers).
o Unique bird viewing and nesting in cliffs.
o Spectacular excursion of the gorges and cliffs.
o Geothermal Power Station.
o Hot springs, steam jets, waterfalls and hot springs.
o Traditional Maasai culture.
o Splendid views on the Longonot and Suswa volcanoes and Lake Naivasha.
o Possibility to go for walk, bike, horse riding and hiking in the park.
o Visit of the Lake Naivasha region.
|WILDLIFE/VEGETATION --> Just click on the name to see snapshots and a fact sheet of the animal...|
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|Bushbuck - Dik-dik (Kirk's) - Duiker (Common) - Gazelle (Grant’s) - Gazelle (Thomson's) - Gnu (White-bearded) - Hartebeest (Coke's) - Impala - Klipspringer - Reedbuck (Bohor) - Reedbuck (Chanler’s mountain) - Steinbok - Waterbuck (Defassa) -|
|Other ungulates and mammals :|
|Buffalo (Cape) - Giraffe (Maasai) - Hyrax (Bruce’s) - Hyrax (Eastern Tree) - Hyrax (Rock) - Hyrax (Southern Tree) - Zebra (Common) -|
|Aardwolf - Civet (African) - Fox (Bat-eared) - Genet (Large-spotted) - Genet (Small-spotted) - Hyena (Spotted) - Jackal (Black-backed) - Jackal (Common) - Mongoose (Marsh) - Mongoose (White-tailed) - Otter (Clawless) - Serval - Zorilla -|
|Baboon (Savannah) - Monkey (Green Vervet) -|
|Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :|
|Hare (Cape) - Hare (Spring) - Porcupine (Crested) -|
|The vegetation is mainly grasslands and shrublands dominated by several species of Acacia and Euphorbia. There are also a wide variety of succulents in the area and some unique plants capable of withstanding high temperatures.|
|Maasai Ostrich - Secretary Bird - Ruppel's Griffon Vulture - Peregrine Falcons - Verraux Eagle - Steppe Buzzard - Bateleur - Lammergeyer - Oxpeckers - Augur Buzzard - Hildebrandt Francolin - Guinea Fowl - Speckled Pigeon - Laughing Dove - Bee Eater - Hoopoe - Mottled Swifts - Sunbirds - Rufous-naped Lark - Richard Pipit - Black Marked Babbler - Anteater Chat - Cisticolas - Fiscal Shrike - Wattled Starling - Blue-eared Starling - Red-winged Starling - Superb Starling - Rufous Sparrow - Speke WeaverSchalow Wheatear - Isabelline Wheatear - Yellow Bishop - Purple Grenadier - Yellow-rumped Seedeater, etc…|
|Smartcard is NOT needed to enter (August 03).
Entry may be paid in cash (US or Kshs).
Do not hesitate to consult the K.W.S. website for up-to-date information
as more and more parks are included in the K.W.S. Smartcard scheme
ENTRANCE FEES/DAY :
Source : K.W.S. park tariffs
Adult resident - 500 Kshs
Children resident - 200 Kshs
Adult non resident - 15 US
Children non resident - 5 US
VEHICLE FEES/DAY :
Less than 6 seat - 200 Kshs
6 to 12 seats - 500 Kshs
|CAMPING SITES & BANDAS/SELF-CATERING (in/around the park)|
|LODGES, TENTED CAMPS & HOTELS (in/around the park) Report broken link - Keep me up-to-date|
There are no other accomodation in the park.
To see lodges and hotels located near the Hell's Gate, visit our Naivasha webpage...
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