Hell’s Gate National Park was established in 1984 and named after a narrow break in the cliffs. 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 meet giraffes, zebras or warthogs face to face while walking or biking through the park.
- US$26 for non-resident adults (2017)
- Ksh 700 for adult residents
- Ksh 350 for a car (less than 6 seats)
- KSHsh 200 to take a bike into the park
The entry fee has to be paid at the entrance gates and only by card – no cash accepted
- 1 Hell’s Gate Gorge (Ol Njorowa). A narrow sandstone gorge which was sculpted by water and light. In some places it can be slippery and you need to know where to put your feet. The rangers will ask for (at least) Ksh 500/person to guide you while just after the gate locals will wait to do so for less and for a whole group. If you’re not going with an official guide you have to sign in and out at the Ranger’s Post. There is no charge to hike into the gorge and it is within the national park not part of a “Masai Village” as some scammers might tell you when you reach the Ranger Station. If you choose to hike alone be very careful of the weather, there is a real danger of flash floods in the narrow canyon – there are a number of emergency exits, look out for them. (updated Apr 2017)
- 1 Central Tower Gorge. The Central Tower Gorge is the main creek coming from the left hand side when you walk the Hell’s Gate Gorge. Since there was an deadly accident with 7 Kenyan university students because of flooding waters most guides pass this way. Do not go there without a guide.
- 1 Fischer’s Tower. A 25m-high volcanic column named after the German explorer, who reached the gorge in 1882. It’s the starting point for a wide and deep valley surrounded by red rock walls. Zebras, Giraffe and warthog are seen in this 7km-long strech leading to the Gorges.