Attractions of Hell’s Gate National Park

6 interesting Things to do at Hell’s Gate National Park Kenya


6 interesting Things to do at Hell’s Gate National Park Kenya  : Hell’s Gate National park is a scenic national park in Kenya located in Naivasha about 2 hours drive from Nairobi the capital of Kenya, Hell’s Gate National park is a perfect destination to visit for a one day Kenya safari and this is due to the close proximity of the park to Nairobi.

Things to Do at Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National park is a very entertaining destination to visit on a Kenya safari and here are the top 6 interesting things to do during your visit.

Hiking in Hell’s Gate

Hiking in Hell’s Gate national park is an exhilarating activity ideal for visitors looking for an adventure, this activity offers tourists to explore the scenic landscape of the park.

Hiking is done with the help of local guides who will explain the history and nature of the park to you during the walk, the hike starts from the Ol-Njorwa Gorge and last for about 3 hours. Hiking gives you a chance to see the scenic landscape of the park and a few animals such as zebras, elands, hartebeests, Thomson gazelles, klipspringer antelopes and several bird species such as verreaux’s Eagles, augur buzzard and swifts among others.

Unlike other Kenya national parks, Hell’s Gate national park has a fewer dangerous wild animals which make it an ideal place for hiking and nature walk.

6 interesting Things to do at Hell's Gate National Park Kenya
Hell’s Gate

When going for hiking and nature walk in Hell’s Gate national park, it is important to check the weather, these activities are best done during the dry season with no threats of flash flooding.

Rock Climbing at Fischer’s Tower

Fischer’s Tower in Hell’s Gate national park is a volcanic plug situated near the northeastern border of the park within a walking distance from Elsa gate, the rock has a height of approximately 25 meters.

According to the Masai folklore, the tower is a Masai girl who turned to a stone after looking back on her home, while on the way to her future husband which is contrary to tradition.

Fischer’s Tower was named after a German explorer Dr. Gustav Fischer who was sent to find a route from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.  The tall rocks stands majestically at the park and is the first natural rock you will encounter, the rock is popular for rock climbing.

Climbing Fischer’s Tower offers you an opportunity to enjoy the scenic surrounding comprising of impressive gorges, lime-streaked cliffs and animals passing by.

Game Viewing

Though Hell’s Gate national park is not listed among the best wildlife Kenya safari destinations, the park is a home to a reasonable population of wildlife including zebras, herds of buffalo, hartebeests, elands, Defassa waterbuck, olive baboons, masai giraffe among others which you will enjoy watching during a game viewing safari.

Hell’s Gate National park is also a home to lions, leopards and cheetah, however they are hard to spot.

Cycling at Hell’s Gate National Park

Cycling at Hell’s Gate national park is an amazing experience like no other, cycling past grazing zebras and a giraffe among other animals is a great experience. The park has no wild cats making it one of the best places in Kenya to enjoy a biking tour in the wild.

For visitors who do not come with their bicycles, they can hire then at the Elsa Gate and before you ride the bicycle make sure it is comfortable for you. It is important to adjust if your seat is adjusted, the chain is ok and the tires are well inflated.

The best route to do cycling in Hell’s Gate national park is the Gorge road that goes all the way to Ranger’s post. This route has no traffic and it is basically downhill on the way out and uphill on the way back so make sure your legs are ready for the way back as you will need to push through the uphill.

While cycling make sure to get a guide to go with you as they are able to help you point in the right direction and know the places to avoid because of the animals such as buffaloes. The guides can also help you fix your bike issues in case you encounter one during your cycling expedition.

6 interesting Things to do at Hell's Gate National Park Kenya
Cycling in Hell’s Gate


Hells Gate National park is among the beautiful places in Kenya to have a picnic experience, the park has a beautiful picnic site found at the ranger’s post and another one at the bottom of Fischer’s Tower. While on your picnic experience, be care with your packed lunch as there are bold monkeys on the sites that can snatch your meals.

Camping at Hell’s Gate

Camping is another interesting thing to do in Hell’s Gate national park, the park has 3 camping sites including Naiburta, Endachata and Ol Dubai. Each of these campsites have toilets, picnic shelters and showers to use.

Hell’s Gate Park Entry Fees

Effective 1st January 2022 to 22nd June 2020, here are the Hell’s Gate National park entry fees

Resident Type Child Adult
Citizen KSH 215 KSH 300
Resident KSH 215 KSH 300
Non-Resident $ 17 $ 26

For more information about Kenya National Parks including Maasai mara National Reserve , Lake Nakuru National Park , Tsavo National Park , Aberdare National Park , Amboseli National Park , Hell’s Gate National Park  and many more. Reach out to us at Focus East Africa Tours for unforgettable Safari experience.

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