Hell’s Gate National Park
Hell’s Gate National Park is famous for its steam geysers and geology. The area also has some fascinating wildlife and is well known for the many great areas to see birds of prey, such as the raptors. You can hike down the gorge to see the hot springs and if you choose to visit from Loldia House, you can enjoy a guided walk with one of the resident naturalist guides.
Just south of Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park was named after a narrow passage in the cliffs, which was once a waterway that fed early humans in the Rift Valley.
The protected area is a great place to see spectacular scenery with some incredible natural features. This is also a great place to enjoy a variety of activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing, and visiting the natural hot pools.
The red cliffs and grasslands provide a fantastic backdrop while you walk among the different wildlife, such as herds of zebra, antelope, and gazelles. Although the large predators here are rarely seen, some visitors do get lucky and you have chance opportunities to see lions, leopards, and cheetah. In addition to the large mammals, there are around 100 different birds you can see in Hell’s Gate including the rare bearded vulture, as the reserve provides one of the country’s remaining strongholds for the species.
The park also contains the Olkaria Geothermal Plant, which is hoped to provide around half of the country’s energy needs by sustainable energy. The plant doesn’t affect the area’s beauty and the minimal environmental impact will be considerably outweighed by saving the country needing more damaging energy sources.