Hells’ Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha

Hells’ Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha
Stretching for over 6,500km from the Red Sea to as far as Mozambique, the Great Rift Valley’s East African section is comprised of two branches: the Eastern and Western Rift
Supported by a vast lake system and rich volcanic soil; vegetation and wildlife within the rift valley flourish.
An exceptional range of habitats, including volcanic outcrops, open waters, swamps and waterfalls as well as geysers, hot springs, forests and open grasslands combine with concentrations and diversity of wildlife to provide some of the most sought after safari locations in the world including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Ngorongoro Crater and Kenya’s Rift Valley Lakes.

Each area within the rift valley offers a diverse selection of wildlife ranging from Rothschild’s giraffe, hippo, black rhino, lion, cheetah and some of the highest bird diversities and concentrations in the world including flamingo and globally threatened bird species.


Named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries, the Hell's Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa.
Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa. “The only park visitors are allowed to cycle or walk”