Things to do Hell’s Gate National Park-Kenya Safari
Things to do at Hell’s Gate National Park : Hell’s Gate national park was established in 1984 and named after a narrow break in the cliffs, a national park that inspired Hollywood films like ‘The Lion King and Lara Croft; Tomb Raider, located in Naivasha just few kilometers away from the Nairobi capital. Hell’s gate is a small park but a unique place comprised of scenic natural landscape, towering cliffs, Hell’s Gate Gorge, camping sites and geothermal springs not to miss while on Kenya Wildlife Safaris.
Things to do at Hell’s Gate National Park
This park is a popular destination because of various interesting things carried out. Visiting Hell’s Gate National Park will give you several option of activities such as hiking, rocking climbing, bike riding, game viewing, walking through nature trails and number of picnic sites.
Hiking –Hell’s Gate national park
Hiking is done by the help of local guides, you can take through a walking tour inside the park as they explain the history back ground of the park and the nature of the park. Hiking in Hell’s Gate National Park starts from OI-Njorwa Gorge which was currently closed from the public who owe to flash floods that caused a tragedy due to loss of youth who died from the floods.
We advise travelers to always check out the weather before leaving. Flash floods occurs most especially during the rainy season. The nature walk which is done here takes about 3 hours. The hiking tours gives a great chance to explore the scenic landscape of the park. They are best done during the dry seasons when there are no challenges caused by flash flooding.
Apart from other parks, Hell’s Gate national park is home to fewer dangerous wild animals making a fantastic place for hiking.
Rock Climbing at Fischer’s Tower
In year 1883, there was a prominent Germany explorer Dr. Fisher called Hell’s Gate who came up with an infancy of translating from the Masaai word ‘’Enemeneng’’. The tall rock that exists within the park was named after him. The rock is popularly rewarding with rock climbing enthusiasts in Kenya.
The Fischer’s tower is the first interesting natural rock one shouldn’t miss to encounter when gets to the Hell’s Gate national park. This rock estimates about 25-meter-tall with great view of scenic landscapes, wildlife with in the park.
Hell’s Gate national park is home with variety of animals thus providing a gainful game viewing most especially during morning hours. On your game viewing experience here, you will be able to see animals like buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and huge rodents. Though the park does not have dangerous wildlife except for one big five ‘’the buffaloes’’. But still you have to take armed guide with you on your game drive viewing for self-guide.
Cycling at Hell’s Gate National park
Cycling is an amazing experience where one wouldn’t miss on his safari to Hell’s gate, has you take ride through an open environment as you have clear viewing of grazing zebras and giraffes, this is all what you can enjoy when you go for a biking tour at the Hell’s Gate. Since there are no, wild cats with in the park thus rewarding the park to be one of the best places to enjoy biking tour in the wild. Travelers who love cycling experience in the wild this is one of the best destination to do it and bikes are available for hire at the Elsa gate. Before taking a ride first make sure that your comfortable with it.
Check the bike that you are adjusted at the seat, the chain is okay and the tire are well prepared. It is advisable to get a guide to escort you as they are able to locate you in the right direction/riding trails as well as helping you to fix your bike issues in case you fail on the way.
The most interesting route is the gorge road that goes all around to Ranger’s post. This route takes you downhill on the way out and up hills you on the way back, so always make sure that your legs are physically fit the way back as you will need to push through the uphill. You can hire a bicycle at a fee costs varying between KSH. 1,000 to 1,500 but depending to whom you have hired the bike from.
The park has got picnic sites around ranger’s station. When you get here, you need to be very careful with packed lunch as there are monkeys on site, since are active species they may end up snatching your meal away. If you wish for some rest to relax your mind, at the bottom of Fischer’s tower there’s a cool resting place where you can enjoy your picnic lunch.
Visit the Hot Springs
The place is rewarding with its stunning springs where you can carry out swimming and gainful sights of small waterfall in the gorge. What a unique place of life experience while on Kenya Safaris.
From Nairobi capital –Kenya covers around 90 kilometers to access the park by car. You can choose to take a flight from Wilson Airport to the Park.