Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park lies south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi. Hell’s Gate National Park is named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. These were Thomson and Fisher, the park was gazetted in 1984 and it covers 68km². The park is a 90km drive from Nairobi city and it has got both dry and warm climate, the park is popular due to its closer to Nairobi and the low park entrance fees plus a wider variety of games.

Some of the interesting features include the Olkaria and Hobley’s, these are the two extinct volcanoes located in the park which can be seen as well as obsidian stones formed from the cool molten lava. Within the park is the Hells Gate Gorge which is side lined with red cliffs with two volcanic plugs one known as Fischer’s Tower and the other Central Tower.

Wildlife in the park is a usual fact and among the identified animals seen here includes the lions, leopards, and cheetahs, zebra, eland, Hyena, Harte beest, African buffaloes, Thomson’s gazelle, baboons plus some small Klipspringer antelope and Chandler’s mountain reed buck. The park is a home for the rare lammergeyer vultures. There are also over 103 species of birds in the park, including the Verreaux’s eagle, augur buzzards and swifts.