Hell’s Gate National park is a great deal to go on a day trip from Nairobi, considering the short distance and time taken to reach the destination by road. The park is situated in Naivasha town in Nakuru County, 15 kilometers from Nairobi and just about two and a half hours drive. It’s rather small in size, covering a small area of 68.25 square kilometers. Several park activities are available for wanderlust tourists to indulge in, biking among the wild animals being the most remarkable one.
Once inside the park, located close to the entrance of the park is a 25-metre high rocky tower known as the Fischer Tower. In the Maasai folktale, the tower is considered a Maasai girl who was turned into stone after disobeying the family before her wedding. Prevalent wildlife in the grassy plains are giraffe, eland, hartebeest, buffalo and other small gazelles and antelopes.
The chief attraction to this park is unequivocally Ol Njorowa Gorge. Having a walk in this gorge is a wonderful escapade; a trek of geological experience of splendor, featuring water eroded walls so narrow that they almost block out the sky, several hot and cold waterfalls, hot water springs, and colorful strata and rock formations. One does not need a guide to walk or cycle around the park, but if you plan on visiting the water-gouged gorges, a guide is absolutely essential.
Hiking these canyons and gorges is tricky and risky, even though the views above them are incredible. The descents are slippery and steep, therefore hikers require an expert guide to avoid risks.