Hell's Gate National Park

, Naivasha, Kenya
Landmark

Opening Hours

Jumatatu
06:00 - 18:00
Jumanne
06:00 - 18:00
Jumatano
06:00 - 18:00
Alhamisi
06:00 - 18:00
Ijumaa
06:00 - 18:00
Jumamosi
06:00 - 18:00
Jumapili
06:00 - 18:00
Hell's Gate National Park

Description

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.HistoryHell'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.In the early 1900s, Mount Longonot erupted, and ash can still be felt around Hell's Gate. The comprehensive Olkaria Geothermal Station, the first of its kind in Africa, was established in 1981 and generates geothermal power underneath Hell's Gate from the area's hot springs and geysers. The park was officially established in 1984.GeographyHell's Gate National Park covers an area of 68.25km2, relatively small by African standards. The park is at above sea level. It is within Nakuru County, near Lake Naivasha and approximately 90km from Nairobi. The park is located 14km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway, and has a warm and dry climate. Olkaria and Hobley's, two extinct volcanoes located in the park, can be seen as well as obsidian forms from the cool molten lava. Within Hell's Gate is the Hells Gate Gorge, lined with red cliffs which contain two volcanic plugs: Fischer's Tower and Central Tower. Off of Central Tower is a smaller gorge which extends to the south and of which a path descends into hot springs that at some places you can find rocks that will burn you. also there is a fair amount of sulfur you can feel in the water.

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gillian.doughertyHiking in Hell's gate near Nairobi- highly recommended for the next time you find yourself in nairobi area.

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Hiking in Hell\u0027s gate near Nairobi- highly recommended for the next time you find yourself in nairobi area.

ikuakThat's the park..

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That\u0027s the park..

ikuakIn the depths..of hell!

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In the depths..of hell!