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Hell's Gate National Park

Earth : Africa : East Africa : Kenya : Hell's Gate National Park

Hell's Gate National Park is in Kenya.

UnderstandEdit

HistoryEdit

LandscapeEdit

Flora and faunaEdit

ClimateEdit

Dry (September). Depends on season.

Get inEdit

Fees/PermitsEdit

  • USD30 entrance fee per person for foreigners
  • KES350 entrance fee per car
  • KES700 entrance fee per person for (east african) residents

There is also an entrance fee for bicycles Payment must be made by card

It is advisable to hire a local guide at the park entrance to have a more thorough and safe park experience. There is an information stand where they will explain briefly about the park, and if you want a guide, they will assign one to you. Guides often have some special subject knowledge like about birds, animals, plants, or rock formations so it is worthwhile to find out what your guide knows about. Payment for guides must be in cash.

Get aroundEdit

  • You can get around by car (recommended).
  • You can rent a bicycles at the park entrance or many other places. This is strongly recommended by the Lonely Planet, however, it is not advisable to do it.
  • The roads are in bad condition, sometimes consisting of sand, so you will have to get off the bike.
  • You won't be able to see all of the park. Although it maybe small it sure is big to explore by bike.
  • Another important information: After the park entrance the road is sloping slightly downwards towards the Gorge (main interest). This will be very tedious on the way back. Make sure you are in excellent shape.
  • The sun is uncompromising.
  • The bikes are usually in pretty bad shape.
  • You can bring in your own bike if you have rented it from another location. If you are in good physical condition, biking is a good way to make sure you have enough time to see the park.
  • If you plan to explore the Gorge, it is highly advisable to go with a guide since the trail there often goes through water or up rock walls.

SeeEdit

  • Gorge
  • Game (Giraffe, Zebra, Antilopes, etc.)

DoEdit

  • Climbing
  • Go to the SPA (once it is finished. currently not-Sept 2014)

DrinkEdit

Bring your own drinks. It get's pretty hot and you cannot buy any drinks inside the park.

BuyEdit

Coming back through the Gorge, guides will take you to a sort of outdoor gift shop on the way where you can buy inexpensive souvenirs. If you want to support local crafts, go for the traditional bead patterns. Your guide can help you identify which are really local traditional crafts and which are the same tourist things you could find anywhere. Bring small bills since sellers often have difficulty making change.

SleepEdit

Sleep outside the park at Lake Naivashu.

CampingEdit

Possible outside the park at Lake Naivashu.

BackcountryEdit

You are free to roam around and are mostly by yourself. This implies a certain responsibility for your own safety. Don't get lost. If you have a 4x4 or a moto cross bike some "roads" can be pretty fun.

Stay safeEdit

Don't get lost. The park is not overcrowded and signs are scarce and maps can be misleading. It is very hot and you will be outdoors for a long time. The trail through the park is fine for walking, biking, or driving, but the Gorge is a more challenging hike which is sometimes more of a climb. Guides will assist, but do not attempt more than you can safely do.

Get outEdit

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