Hell’s Gate National Park is a small but geologically fascinating protected area in Kenya, located near Lake Naivasha. Established in 1984, the park covers an area of about 68.25 square kilometers (26.4 square miles). Known for its dramatic landscape and distinctive features, Hell’s Gate is one of the few parks in Kenya where visitors are allowed to explore on foot or by bicycle.
The park is characterized by towering cliffs, deep gorges, and geothermal activity, including hot springs and geysers. Fischer’s Tower, a volcanic plug, is a prominent geological formation within the park. The landscape is not only visually striking but also features a variety of wildlife, including buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and various bird species.
Hell’s Gate is popular among adventure seekers for activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and cycling. The park served as an inspiration for the Disney animated film “The Lion King,” and visitors can enjoy both its scenic beauty and unique geological formations. Additionally, the park’s geothermal resources contribute to sustainable energy production for the region.