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Experience Breathtaking Hell’s Gate National Park with Africa Photo Travel.

Hell’s Gate National Park is not the biggest park in East Africa. In fact, at just over 26 square miles or 68 sq km (about the size of Manhattan in New York City) it is one of the smallest national parks in the region. But what it lacks in size it makes up for by having one of the most evocative landscapes on earth.

Hell’s Gate is so named because it sits above a spot where two of the earth’s immense tectonic plates are pulling apart from one another. As a result of this activity, a geological hotspot has formed complete with hot springs and vents that emit steam. Water erosion which took place over millions of years has also created landscape features reminiscent of the Grand Canyon in the US.

A Small Park with a Big Reputation

Hell’s Gate is about an hour north of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and thus is popular with both locals and international tourists. Hells’ Gate is renowned for the quality of its hiking trails and for having some of the best rock climbing in East Africa.

The park has also played an oversized role in popular culture being that its landscape was the inspiration for the 1994 blockbuster film “The Lion King”. In 2003 Hollywood came to Hell’s Gate once again when many scenes from the live-action film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life” were shot here.

Hell’s Gate National Park History

Hell’s Gate was established in 1984. Besides its hot springs and water-carved landscape, the park is also known for its elevation of more than 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) and the variety of wildlife that calls the park home.

Hell’s Gate plays host to an abundance of wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, African buffalo, hyenas, baboons and Thompson’s gazelles. In addition, it is one of the only places on earth where you can see the extremely rare lammergeyer vulture.

Best Time to Visit Chyulu Hills

The best time to visit Hell’s Gate National Park is during the dry season, except March-May. During this time, the skies are clear, making for great views of the surrounding landscape. The dry season is also the best time to see wildlife, as the animals tend to congregate around the water sources.


Throughout the year (except for March - May)


June - February


Buffalo, Zebra, Baboons

Hell’s Gate National Park Gallery.

Accommodations in Hell’s Gate National Park

If you’re looking for accommodation near Hell’s Gate National Park, we can help. We our proud to offer a range of beautiful safari lodges.

Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp

Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp is located on the shores of a fresh water lake in Kenya about a 90 minutes leisure drive North West of Nairobi, outside the town of Naivasha along Moi South road.

Lake Naivasha Country Club

From the top of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley you can see Lake Naivasha sparkling in the sun thousands of feet below. Just an hours drive form Nairobi, Naivasha is one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley lakes. Perfect for both the active and leisure traveler.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge is set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees. The resort is not only home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night

Things to do in Hells Gate National Park.

There’s no shortage of things to do in Hells Gate National Park.

Located in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including Giraffe, Buffalos and Zebra. Predators aren’t easy to spot, but there are cheetah, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal which can sometimes be seen at dusk.

Visitors can also enjoy rock climbing, hiking and biking through the park’s stunning landscapes. And for those who are looking for a truly unique experience, the park also offers hot air ballooning and geothermal tours.

With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder Hells Gate National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. Get in touch today and start planning your safari, to Hell’s Gate and great other Kenya Parks with Africa Photo Travel.


Experts have identified more than 300 species of birds inside the park. It truly is a bird watchers paradise. Find the perfect spot to set up with your camera at dawn or dusk and prepare to be amazed.

Fishing n’ Rafting

One of the lesser-known activities that is allowed in Meru is fishing. Try your luck catching Barbus or catfish at a variety of sites along the banks of the Tana River. It’s an angling experience to rival any you have ever had.

Aquatic wildlife

Elephants and lions are incredible sights but so too are the park’s many enormous hippos. There is no other animal quite like them, although they are not alone in the water. Meru is also home to some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.


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