Hell's Gate National Park
Hell’s Gate National Park was established in 1984 and named after a narrow break in the cliffs. Indeed, the park is mostly known for its scenery, what includes the Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower columns and the Hell’s Gate Gorge. It is also a good place to see giraffes, zebras or warthogs face to face while walking or biking through the park. Hell’s Gate National Park is a park located between Lake Naivasha and the Longonot and Suswa volcanoes. Conversely, it is covered by ashes from the Longonot eruption which occurred 100 years ago. Accordingly, the park is famous for its geothermal station, Lower Gorge and spectacular sceneries (cliffs, volcanoes gorges, geothermal steam).
To start with, it perfectly blends a rocky volcanic landscape, with a proliferation of a diverse fauna and very particular to the Great Rift Valley. Indeed, this typical panorama of the Great Rift Valley, stretches to a distance of almost 6000 km. As such, it is a haven for geologists since the impressive break between the cliffs shows the presence of a prehistoric lake. Indeed, this place is thought to be an integral part to the survival of prehistoric humans who roamed the floor of the great rift valley.
Furthermore, Hell’s gate represents an area of great geological phenomenon (i.e. hot water geysers and hot springs) these land formations and on-going geological processes at Hell’s gate make the area exceptionally beautiful and unique compared to any other area. In fact, the presence of vegetation around the hot water is remarkable as these plants are able to survive in very high temperatures.
What To Expect When You Get To Hell’s Gate National Park.
- Extremely rocky landscape hemmed in by sheer, rusty-hued rock walls
- An impressive array of prolific birdlife. In fact, there are over 100 species of birds in the park
due to the presence of extinct volcanoes.
- Wide deep gorges that runs through the heart of the park
- Obsidian caves. Indeed, these Obsidian caves and their distinctive black glass look. Indeed, this results to the glassy texture of the rock. Furthermore, the Iron and magnesium gives the obsidian a dark green to black color.
- Breathtaking views of zebras and giraffes frolicking between the cliffs. However, you won’t find large predators are rare at Hell’s Gate National park
- Belching plumes of geothermal streams that form a natural spa.
- It is one of the few parks where you can hike and cycle through the park. In addition, you can also do horse riding, abseiling, game drives, and rock climbing.