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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

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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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

Hell's Gate National Park Private Bike Tour from Nairobi

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Ride a bike and hike through Hell’s Gate National Park on a full-day, private tour from Nairobi to the wildlife reserve and Lake Naivasha that includes entrance fees, bikes, and round trip-transport from Nairobi. This customizable tour offers the rare chance to see wildlife outside of a safari vehicle while exploring a scenic part of the Great Rift Valley.
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  • 9 hours
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US$128.21
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Day Trip - Hell's Gate Park & Optional Lake Nakuru Boat Ride, Crescent Island

Day Trip - Hell's Gate Park & Optional Lake Nakuru Boat Ride, Crescent Island

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This tour takes you to Hell’s Gate National Park the only National Park in Kenya which visitors are free to leave their vehicle and Walk or Cycle in it. The park is full of herbivores, Combine with hot springs, spectacular cliffs, and gorges, and you’ll have hours and hours’ worth of amazing African-ness to explore. This tour also offers you an option to take a Boat Safari on Lake Naivasha a freshwater body of water which is home to several hundred species of birds, as well as a good size hippo population.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.98
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Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha Guided Tour from Nairobi

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Hell's Gate and Lake Naivasha Guided Tour from Nairobi

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Bike, hike, and sail your way through Hell's Gate National Park on this private 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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  • 10 hours
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Hell's Gate National Park,Biking and Lake Naivasha Tour

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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  • 6 hours
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US$80.00
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Hell's Gate National Park: Full-Day Adventure

Hell's Gate National Park: Full-Day Adventure

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Walk through a landscape of high cliffs and rustling grasslands on a full-day adventure tour from Nairobi to Hell’s Gate National Park, one of just two Kenyan parks where you can leave the car behind to explore on foot. Watch for herds of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and eland as you follow trails through the park, searching for signs of cheetahs and ostrich along the way. Meet local Maasai people over a traditional Kenyan lunch and visit a wildlife conservation center before returning to Nairobi.
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  • 8 hours
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US$92.31
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US$92.31
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Overnight Mount Longonot and Hells Gate National Park From Nairobi

Overnight Mount Longonot and Hells Gate National Park From Nairobi

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This overnight excursion packs several mini-adventures into one convenient tour. Travel to Mt. Longonot National Park with a stop to view the Great Rift Valley. Hike to a crater, take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, see wild animals in their natural habitat, and enjoy a bicycle tour in Hell's Gate National Park. Most meals and entrance fees are included and pickup or drop-off from the Nairobi airport is available for an additional fee.
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  • 2 days
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US$289.75
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Day tour to Hell's Gate National park and Boat ride on lake Naivasha

Day tour to Hell's Gate National park and Boat ride on lake Naivasha

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Take a break from the bustling capital on a day tour to Hell’s Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha. Explore by bike, boat (own expense), and foot for an intimate perspective of the unique landscape, and gain insight into the region’s history and geology from your guide. Skip the stress of public transport with included round-trip transfer, and avoid hidden costs with bike rental and park entrance fees included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.21
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12-Day Kenya and Tanzania Budget Private Safari from Nairobi

12-Day Kenya and Tanzania Budget Private Safari from Nairobi

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Up your chances of spotting the "big five" game animals on this 11-night tour of parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Travel with a guide to Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and more on this all-inclusive tour, which introduces you to local culture while you look for native wildlife. Your guide handles all planning and logistics for you so you can just focus on enjoying the tour.
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  • 12 days
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US$3,525.65
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 Tour Hells gate National park day tour

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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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Hell's Gate National Park

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Hell's Gate National Park

The special locations to view include: Fischer's Tower, formerly a volcano's plug, the Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges. Two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley's are worth a trip. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape. Game to view includes: Buffaloes, Masai Giraffes, Elands, Coke's Hartebeests, Lions, Leopards and some Cheetahs. A haven for ornithologists and rock climbers, the cliffs of Hell's Gate are breeding grounds for Vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, Augur Buzzard and thousands of swifts; 103 species of birds have been recorded in the Park.
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  • 10 hours
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US$200.00
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2 days lake Nakuru, lake Naivasha and Hell's gate National Park guided tour

2 days lake Nakuru, lake Naivasha and Hell's gate National Park guided tour

This is a 2 days adventurous trip is a break from the city life that explores Hell's gate and  Lake Naivasha a freshwater lakes  home to a variety of types of wildlife including over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable population of hippos.
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  • 2 days
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US$370.00
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Naivasha Boat Ride and Hell's Gate National Park Full-Day Tour

Naivasha Boat Ride and Hell's Gate National Park Full-Day Tour

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. It was established in 1984. A small national park, it is known for its wide variety of wildlife and for its scenery.This includes the Fischer's Tower and Central Tower columns and Hell's Gate Gorge. The national park is also home to three geothermal power stations at Olkaria. The park is equipped with three basic campsites and includes a Maasai Cultural Center, providing education about the Maasai tribe's culture and traditions.
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  • 8 hours
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US$384.00
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one day hell's gate national park tour

one day hell's gate national park tour

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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  • 6 to 30 minutes
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US$184.62
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Hell's Gate National Park & Lake Naivasha Boat Ride Guided Tour

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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  • 1 day
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US$95.00
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Hell's Gate National park Full Day

Hell's Gate National park Full Day

Hells Gate national park is famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds as well as activities by visitors in the park such as walking, cycling and rock climbing.There are also special locations to view such as Fischers’ Tower formerly a volcano’s plug, the central Tower and Njorowas Gorge.
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  • 1 day
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US$150.00
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Full day Hell's gate National park guided tour from Nairobi

Full day Hell's gate National park guided tour from Nairobi

Discover a different perspective of Kenya’s natural landscape on this full-day tour to Hell’s Gate National Park, known for its rocky ridges and scenic gorges. Benefit from the insider knowledge of your small-group guide as you hike in search of monkeys, zebra, buffalo and more, and save time for trekking with hassle-free round-trip transfers directly from your Nairobi hotel.
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  • 1 day
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US$130.00
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Day Trip Hell's Gate National Park-Lunch Included-Minivan

Day Trip Hell's Gate National Park-Lunch Included-Minivan

Yes if like me, you want to get a bit closer to the amazing African wildlife than the opportunity sitting in a 4wd often provides and you want to the chance to stretch your legs a bit and feel the wind in your hair while listening to Elton John’s amazing Circle of Life soundtrack… this is the place to do it, hell's Gate National Park.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$200.00
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5 Days safari to Maasai Mara ,Lake Nakuru and Hell's gate national park

5 Days safari to Maasai Mara ,Lake Nakuru and Hell's gate national park

This is a five day four nights safari that gives one an opportunity to experience nature ,the wild and a biking chance at the hells gate . it is surely a chance that one should not miss .
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  • 5 days
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US$932.00
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Lake Naivasha & Hell's Gate National Park Day trip using safari Landcruiser

Lake Naivasha & Hell's Gate National Park Day trip using safari Landcruiser

Lake Nakuru National Park hosts the Lake Nakuru a fresh water lake,famous for flamingoes,rhinos BIG 5 except elephants and many species of flora and fauna.
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  • 1 day
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US$190.00
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US$190.00
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Lake Naivasha & Hell's Gate National Park Day trip using safari minivan

Lake Naivasha & Hell's Gate National Park Day trip using safari minivan

Lake Nakuru National Park hosts the Lake Nakuru a fresh water lake,famous for flamingoes,rhinos BIG 5 except elephants and many species of flora and fauna.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$155.00
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Hell's Gate National Park Full Day Tour From Nairobi

Hell's Gate National Park Full Day Tour From Nairobi

Take in dramatic views of soaring, red cliffs, deep gorges and basalt columns, and enjoy the freedom to explore on foot. Experience the thrill of seeing large, plant-eating game animals outside the vehicle in a region where great herds of zebra thunder past baboons, buffalo . Find out how to spot signs of leopard, cheetah, and the long-legged serval cats that hunt in the tall grass.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$110.00
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US$110.00
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Overnight In Hell's Gate And Lake Nakuru National Park Tour From Nairobi

Overnight In Hell's Gate And Lake Nakuru National Park Tour From Nairobi

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Hell’s gate is one of the world’s park where you can walk and ride bicycle while watching animals. While in lake Naivasha boat ride our captain will explain to you different bird species  and you will see hippos. Enjoy Lake Nakuru National Park, home to one of the most remarkable wild bird populations in all of Africa. Observe the wildlife on a game viewing  drive, and be on the lookout for the park's amazing flamingos. This park is also a Rhino sanctuary; one of the world’s endangered species.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$410.26
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Overnight In Hell's Gate and Lake Nakuru National Park Tour from Nairobi

Overnight In Hell's Gate and Lake Nakuru National Park Tour from Nairobi

Enjoy bike riding in hell's gate as u encounter with wildlife.This tour offers an opportunity to see animals when you outside a vehicle while exploring the beautiful scenic part of the Great rift valley also enjoy a game drive as you tour lake Nakuru National Park which is popularly known for hosting large amounts of flamingos and also a home for large herds of buffalo,zebras,impalas and also the white rhino
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$410.26
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