Hells Gate National Park Travel
Hells Gate is for adventurous spirits. It compensates for its small size (only 68sq km) by having a wide choice of involving activities that usually leave a visitor excited, exhausted and with a feeling of intimate attachment that makes many come back for some more action. You can bike with giraffes and zebras, climb down into the Lower Gorge and Ol Njorowa Gorge, climb a steep 25 metres up Fisher’s tower (25m high) or explore the obsidian caves along the Buffalo Circuit. Angelina Jolie, in her role as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider II, acted out some thrilling scenes in the Lower Gorge and the surrounding savannah and rock outcrops.
The most common wildlife in the park is Giraffe, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, and some small gazelles and antelopes. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also present but sightings are rare. Others include; the rare Chanler's mountain, small troops of klipspringer and rock hyrax, both living in rocky area. Over 100 species of birds have ben recorded in this tiny park, mainly owing to its proximity to Lake Naivasha. There are some rare species here like the Verreaux's eagle, the Lammergeyer, Ruppel's griffon and hooded vultures.
How to get to Hells Gate National Park
Longonot is a popular inclusion as an excursion in a Lake Naivasha itinerary. If coming from Nairobi by road, simply take the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway branching off at Naivasha Town and then take Lake Road 5km south of Naivasha. There’s also an airstrip at Naivasha for those wishing to fly.
Hells Gate National Park Highlights
- Nairobi’s favourite hiking destination along with Mt Longonot
- Biking safaris with the wildlife
- Canyon and cave exploration
- Variety of wildlife; Giraffe, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, and some small gazelles and antelopes