Kenya is well endowed with attractive game parks that allow visitors to see some of the endangered animals of the world. The most cherished animals can be found in these parks. The parks are populated with different animal and tree species, and most of these parks offer you guided tours. Though this is the practice all over the world, in Kenya you get to experience a personalized tour of the game parks where you will be your own tour guide. A visit to Hell’s Gate should give you this opportunity.
The park is located south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi. The name is be very deceiving; the park is nothing like what we imagine hell to be like. The difference with this park is that you are legally permitted to take unguided tours around the park. You can walk around or ride a bicycle, the choice is absolutely yours. The park is home to various animals including a wide range of bird species, African buffalo, eland, the Thompson’s gazelle and baboons.
How to get there
Hell’s Gate is easily accessible. The road network to the place is in perfect condition. From Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, it is approximately 90 kilometers to the park. You can enjoy a trip to the park which will let you see the scenic beauty that dots the roadside all along the way. You will get to see the Great Rift Valley and the craters that have been formed along it. Alternatively you can book yourself a plane that will take you to the Naivasha airstrip and then take the short road trip to the park.
The park is a hive of activities that include hiking, rock climbing, camping, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. Other occasional activities in the park include events organized to support charitable endeavors such as the race To Hells Gate on a Wheelbarrow. The purpose of this event is to support the fencing of other national parks and reserves.
Where to stay
Although at the park there are no accommodation facilities like hotels and lodges, you can easily book yourself a hotel in Naivasha town. Also within the park there are campsites that you can make use of for your accommodation.
Another game park which is at close proximity to Hell’s Gate is the Nakuru National Park which is home to flamingos. Given the diversity of the parks, the experience you have from one park will always differ from the next one.
The biodiversity in the parks makes for a good tour that should meet anybodies tour needs. Explore the parks and you will definitely discover something new and fulfilling.
Image Credits – above banner: Eduardo Zárate