The bizarre appearance of the rock formations in this area, along with the red color of the clay rich soil, inspired the name of this park.
Hell's Gate National Park is located 90 km from Nairobi, and covers an area of about 68 square kilometers. While traditional driving safaris are certainly an option, this is a great place to get out of the vehicle and see the Kenyan wilderness through hiking, camping, rock climbing and even horseback safaris. Geological features of Hellís Gate are, suitably, a result of volcanic activity, including a number of natural hot springs. Another exciting find is the black glassy rock formed from the cool molten lava that we know as obsidian.
Donít be surprised to come across a great variety of animals while you are hiking. Buffalo, Maasai giraffe, eland, Coke's hartebeest, lion, leopard, and cheetah are just a few of the most common. Bird lovers will enjoy the over 103 species found in the park, including vultures, Verreaux's eagles, augur buzzard and swifts.
Samburu and Shaba
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