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Hell´s Gate National Park

Hell's Gate National Park                                
Hell's Gate National Park covers an area of 68.25 km2 and is situated in the environs of Lake Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi. The park is situated 14 km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway. It is characterised by diverse topography and geological scenery. It is an important home of the lammergeyer.  


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Hells Gate National Park                                
"A walk on the wild side"
Hell's Gate National Park lies to the south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi.  The park which is mainly comprised of savannah ecosystem habours a wide variety of wildlife. Some of the frequently observed animal species include lions, leopards, and cheetahs. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, augur buzzard, and swifts. African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle, and baboons are also common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope and Chanler's mountain reedbuck.

By Road
This park is accessible via tarmac road from Nairobi (90kms) via Naivasha Town on the Lake Road South at a junction 5km south of Naivasha.  

By Air
 Naivasha air strip.

Park Gates
-  The main Elsa Gate.
-  Olkaria Gate.

Size and Location
-  68 Km2.
-  Naivasha , Rift Valley Province.

Climate
-  Temperature ranges from 20-30 C°,  and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm.
-  Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December.

Safari Card Required
At present the park does not operate on the smartcard system. Entry is by cash only (KShs or US $)
-  Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID.
-  Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass.

Attractions
-  Elephant in Eden
-  Aruba Dam

Activities
-  Game viewing.
-  Raptor nesting in cliffs.
-  Spectecular Gorge walk.
-  Hot springs.
-  The Olkaria Geothermal Station.
-  The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide.
-  Fischer’s Tower.
-  Tourist circuits, nature trails and picnic sites.

Wildlife

Buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and giraffe, babooms, serval cat and klipspringer antelopes.

Birds
Prolific birdlife features 103 species.

What to take with you
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight.
Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, walking boots and guidebooks.

Park Contacts
Phone:    +254-50-50407 / 50290

Fax:         +254-311-20577
Email:      hellsgatenp@kenyweb.com
Postal Address:  Hell´s Gate National Park, The Warden, P.O. Box 234-20117, Naivasha, Kenya.