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Hell's Gate National Park
The inspiration for animators of Disney’s The Lion King, Hell’s Gate National Park covers roughly 26 square miles (68.25 square kilometers). Named for a gap in the red-tinged cliffs carved by the flowing waters of a prehistoric lake, it’s the only park in East Africa in which you can get out of your safari vehicle and hike freely.

The Basics
While the park is home to plenty of African animals, including an impressive number of bird species such as the rare lammergeier vulture, you are less likely to see lions, cheetahs, and leopards. This sparse carnivore population is one of the reasons why visitors to Hell’s Gate are encouraged to hike, rock climb, and bike past herds of giraffe and zebras. The park also has two extinct volcanoes and two volcanic plugs that formed massive towers (Fischer’s and Central Towers) located in Ol Njorowa Gorge.

Most guided tours to Hell’s Gate leave from Nairobi and involve some sort of physical activity, such as hiking the gorge or biking through the park. You can also pair a visit to Hell’s Gate with a boat ride on Lake Naivasha—a freshwater watering hole for animal species such as flamingos and hippos.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bird enthusiasts of all levels shouldn’t miss the Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide—a camouflaged viewing station in the park.
  • If you are exploring the park on your own (on foot or by bike), there’s an easy 4-mile route that stretches from the main entrance at Elsa Gate to the picnic area and ranger’s station near the entrance of Ol Njorowa Gorge.
  • Pack a picnic lunch to eat in the picnic area, but beware of curious vervet monkeys who might make your snack their own.

How to Get There
Hell’s Gate National Park is located within the Great Rift Valley, roughly two hours by road northwest from Nairobi. If you’d rather not drive, many tour operators offer transportation to and from the park. 

When to Get There
To escape the East African heat, head to the park in the early morning or late afternoon. You’re likely to see animals at all times of the day, despite the heat. The most popular time of year to visit Kenya are during the country’s dry seasons: January through March and July through October.

The Great Rift Valley
Running through the entirety of Kenya, the Great Rift Valley is a tectonic split that stretches from Lebanon to Mozambique. It has helped form some of the continent’s most fascinating and stunning environs, and continues to shift further apart by a few millimeters every year.
Address: Hell's Gate National Park, Naivasha, Kenya
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Hell's Gate & Lake Naivasha Small Group Day Tour - Guaranteed Daily Departure Day Trips

Hell's Gate & Lake Naivasha Small Group Day Tour - Guaranteed Daily Departure

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Bike, drive, hike, or sail your way through Hell's Gate National Park on this guided tour from Nairobi. Keep your eyes out for sightings of animals such as baboons and buffaloes inside the park, and then take the waters of Lake Naivasha to see hippos and birds. This tour also includes a visit to a Maasai community, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a break for lunch at your own expense
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Hell's Gate National Park,Biking and Lake Naivasha TourDay Trips

Hell's Gate National Park,Biking and Lake Naivasha Tour

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Visit Hell’s Gate National Park from Nairobi on a full-day tour that includes a guided hike through the park’s scenic gorges. By leaving behind the confines of a safari vehicle, you’ll have the unique chance to spot Kenya’s remarkable wildlife on foot, watching for the park’s healthy populations of zebra, gazelle, and eland, along with more than 100 species of birds.
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Day Tour to Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate ParkDay Trips

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Day Tour to Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate Park

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Spend the day away from the busy streets of Nairobi and in the great outdoors during this private excursion. Visit Hell’s Gate National Park for a biking safari, take a hike through the gorges and caves, and enjoy a relaxing boat ride on nearby Lake Naivasha (own expense). All national park fees and transportation are included for your convenience.
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Safari Day Trip And Excursion At Naivasha

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*Its the only paradise where you can walk among the wild animals. Its a very special place. *watch the amazing skills of the eagles picking fish from the lake as you ride on the boat and Plenty of Hippos. *Enjoy a relaxed Lake Side Sunset *Enjoy the View of the Rift valley * Ride a bike under the cool acacia tress.
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Hell's Gate National Park & Lake Naivasha Boat Ride Guided TourAttraction Tickets

Hell's Gate National Park & Lake Naivasha Boat Ride Guided Tour

Instead of a spending a day in a safari vehicle, explore two Great Rift Valley national parks by hiking trail and small boat. In Hell’s Gate National Park, walk through a dramatic volcanic landscape that’s home to a wide range of animals; next, head to Lake Naivasha for a boat tour through a key habitat for migrating birds.
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Hell's Gate National Park and Olkaria SpaDay Trips

Hell's Gate National Park and Olkaria Spa

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Our Guide offers you a fun-packed, knowledge-filled and exciting experience. With great knowledge of the Park, you will receive key insider Tips which will make you enjoy your time with us. We observe high levels of safety and thus travel only with the best vehicles. This Park offers you the Wildlife variety you need with a wonderful proximity to Nairobi. If you want the City-Escape which can be done in a day, Hell's Gate and Olkaria are the best. Plus, if you want that City-Escape to be an exciting experience then come with us. We help you explore Kenya
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Hell's Gate Full Day TourDay Trips

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Hell's Gate Full Day Tour

Unique landscape & diverse wildlife Excellent hiking & cycling trails Adrenaline pumping Abseiling & Rock climbing events Geothermal spa Game drives through a scenic Volcanic terrain.
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Nairobi Day Tour And Safari To NaivashaDay Trips

Nairobi Day Tour And Safari To Naivasha

Its the only paradise where you can walk among the wild animals. Its a very special place. watch the amazing skills of the eagles picking fish from the lake as you ride on the boat and Plenty of Hippos.
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Hells gate national park Day trip

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ACTIVITIES Hiking down the gorges visit the devils bedroom visit hell's kitchen view of the fishers tower swimming in the natural mineral water spa boat riding in lake naivasha
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Hell's Gate National Park-Full Day Adventure

The Hells Gate National Park boasts to be home to the extraordinary rare lammergeyer vultures in Kenya. Hells Gate National Park also has a wide variety of wildlife in Kenya which includes lions, leopards, cheetah, buffalos and a small amount antelopes. Within Hell`s Gate in Kenya, there is the Hells Gate canyon in Kenya, which has two red cliffs that contain two volcanic plugs called the Central Tower and Fischer`s Tower. Central Tower in Hells Gate National Park in Kenya is a smaller gorge which extends to the south of the park in Naivasha where a trail leads into hot springs in Kenya- where some the rocks in Central Tower gorge in Kenya can get hot enough to burn, if not careful. A contrasting scene to the hot springs within the Hells Gate National Park in Kenya is two extinct volcanoes the Hobley’s and Olkaria volcanoes in Kenya, as well as obsidian forms from the cool molten lava that fuels the imagination to the thoughts of how they were when they were active.
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Biking Tour:Lake Naivasha And Hell's Gate 1 Day TripDay Trips

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Biking Tour:Lake Naivasha And Hell's Gate 1 Day Trip

Travel in a climate-controlled minivan to stay cool and comfortable Ranger-guided hike explores a Great Rift Valley Landscape See wildlife, gorges, and geothermal hot springs Convenient pickup and drop-off at Nairobi hotels
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1 Day Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate Small Group Day Tour With Boat Ride Day Trip

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See a different side of Kenya’s national parks as you explore by bike, foot, and boat on this door-to-door private day tour. Look for eland, gazelle, zebra, eagles, and buzzards as you pedal Hell’s Gate National Park then hike its winding gorges. Meet local Maasai, soak up views of the Great Rift Valley, and cruise Lake Naivasha in search of hippo, flamingo, and more. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees.
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1 Day Hell's Gate Bicycle Tour (minimum 2 Pax)Day Trips

1 Day Hell's Gate Bicycle Tour (minimum 2 Pax)

Cycle among the wild animals grabbing a full view of Lake Naivasha, Mt. Longonot and Mt. Suswa at strategic points
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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. It received the name "Hell's Gate" by explorers Fisher and Thomson in 1883. ... The park was officially established in 1984. There is several activites to do while in hell's gate. **cycling, walking to the gorges or doing game drives
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Full day Hell's gate National park guided tour from Nairobi

The tour to Hell’s Gate National Park from Nairobi on a full-day tour that includes a guided hike through the park’s scenic gorges.You  will   have the unique chance to spot Kenya’s remarkable wildlife on foot, watching for the park’s healthy populations of zebra, gazelle, and eland, along with more than 100 species of birds .
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Lake Naivasha Birds PhotographyDay Trips

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Its a Customized private safari Photography will be core Its a days safari good for those having other commitments especially business people
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Small-Group Hell's Gate National Park

Explore the natural splendor of the Kenyan plains on a walk through the expansive grasslands of Hell’s Gate National Park, one of few national parks in Kenya to allow foot traffic. Enjoy lunch among locals, and visit a local conservation center to round out your exotic Kenyan excursion.
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Tour Hells gate National park day tour

Experienced driver/guide Boat ride at Lake Naivasha Well serviced/maintained tour vans Option to ride a bike or use the van at Hells gate park
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1 Day Hells Gate Biking SafariDay Trips

1 Day Hells Gate Biking Safari

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personalized experience, vasts knowledge of the park and giving the client best value for the safari paid for, makes us stand out from the others.
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 Half day mini safari to NaivashaDay Trips

Half day mini safari to Naivasha

There is a way that Naivasha takes in nature-given beauty and the ones added to it. You will see the inspiration behind the lion King. What is the story of Hell’s Gate National Park? There is rich humankind history at Hell’s Gate. How do the magical flowers move from Naivasha to the world? How far is Naivasha from Nairobi? Enjoy an interesting and picturesque road trip from Nairobi to Naivasha with a perfect view of Rift Valley. Have you heard about Longonot Crater?. You will visit the decorated Olkaria Geothermal Plant, Crescent Island and Sanctuary Horseback Safaris. What makes it so popular? What local attractions are a must see? Watch kenya’s beautiful and wildlife surrounded by Flamingos and experience hippos in all their vigor.
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Hells Gate National Park Excursion Nature & Wildlife

Hells Gate National Park Excursion

This is an opportunity to be outdoors cycling, hiking or driving through the Hells gate National park an obsserving wildlife in their natural habitat. A guided tour through the natural gorges formed by years of water runoff through different rock formations.
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Hell's Gate & Lake Naivasha Guided Bike Tour From NairobiDay Trips

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Hell's Gate & Lake Naivasha Guided Bike Tour From Nairobi

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After hotel pickup 7AM, head to Hell’s Gate National Park for your choice of a safari drive or bike ride, followed by a hike in the gorges and after lunch an option of boat ride at Lake Naivasha then dropped back to your Nairobi Hotel.
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Hells Gate Park & Lake Naivasha boat ride Day tour

Boat ride inclusive Certified Driver/guides Well maintained tour vans Pick up and drop off included
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