Hell's Gate National Park

Hell's Gate National Park

Overview

Hell's Gate National Park which covers an area of 68.25 km2 is situated in the environs of Lake Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi. The park is situated 14 km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway. The park is characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. It is famous for its natural geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds. Scenic locations include Fisher's Tower, the Central Tower and the Njorowa gorge. Two extinct volcanoes Olkaria and Hobley's are located here. Natural steam vents rise from volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape. The flora is mainly grasslands and shrublands with the latter being dominated by LeIeshwa and several species of acacia. Large mammals found in the park include buffalo, eland, plains zebra, Grants and Thompsons gazelles, reedbuck, impala, Coke's hartebeest Maasai giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyenas. The gorge and cliffs and breeding sites for several species of raptors and swifts. 103 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Hell's Gate National Park is an ideal destination for a day trip or camping spot outside of Nairobi. This park is a World Heritage Site filled with striking landscapes and incredible biodiversity. This is one of the few safari destinations where you can get a break from driving and travel the land on foot or bicycle. Walk freely among the animals in this beautiful African wilderness for an unforgettable experience!

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