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Hell’s Gate National Park

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Best Time to Go

Throughout the year (except for March - May)

High Season

June - February

Common Hell's Gate Animals

Buffalo, Zebra, Baboons

Experience Breathtaking Hell’s Gate National Park with Flash McTours

Hells Gate National Park Map

Hell’s Gate National Park is not the biggest park in East Africa. In fact, at just over 26 square miles or 68 sq km (about the size of Manhattan in New York City) it is one of the smallest national parks in the region. But what it lacks in size it makes up for by having one of the most evocative landscapes on earth.

 

Hell’s Gate is so named because it sits above a spot where two of the earth’s immense tectonic plates are pulling apart from one another. As a result of this activity, a geological hotspot has formed complete with hot springs and vents that emit steam. Water erosion which took place over millions of years has also created landscape features reminiscent of the Grand Canyon in the US.

Flash McTours offer safari tours of Hell’s Gate that allow you to experience this unique landscape and the attendant flora and fauna up close and personal.

Historical temperature average

Due to the relatively high altitude, the climate is mild throughout the year. Daytime temperatures are pleasant in the mid to upper twenties, while it cools off at night. The main Wet season (‘long rains’) is from March to May while there is a shorter wet period (‘short rains’) peaking in November. The short rains aren’t as pronounced as in other places in Kenya.

General weather summary in April

Feel like

Mildly cool with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants, sneakers and Umbrella

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

71%

Amount

155 mm

Wind speed

12 kmh

Humidity

74%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in May

Feel like

Mildly cool with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants, sneakers and Umbrella

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

57%

Amount

114 mm

Wind speed

9 kmh

Humidity

76%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in June

Feel like

Mildly cool, humid but cool

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants, sneakers and Umbrella

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

68%

Amount

37 mm

Wind speed

8 kmh

Humidity

74%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in July

Feel like

Mildly cool, humid but cool

What to wear

Sweater, rain coat and rain boots

Daylight length

12.1 hours

Chance of rain

61%

Amount

23 mm

Wind speed

8 kmh

Humidity

72%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in August

Feel like

Mildly cool, humid but cool

What to wear

Sweater, rain coat and rain boots

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

55%

Amount

31 mm

Wind speed

9 kmh

Humidity

70%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in September

Feel like

Mildly cool with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants and sneakers

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

45%

Amount

27 mm

Wind speed

11 kmh

Humidity

64%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in October

Feel like

Mildly cool with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants and sneakers

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

48%

Amount

40 mm

Wind speed

13 kmh

Humidity

64%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in November

Feel like

Mildly cool with a gentle breeze

What to wear

T-shirt, rain coat and rain boots

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

67%

Amount

67 mm

Wind speed

14 kmh

Humidity

75%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in December

Feel like

Mildly cool with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants, sneakers and umbrella

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

45%

Amount

60 mm

Wind speed

14 kmh

Humidity

72%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in January

Feel like

Mildly cool with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants and sneakers

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

24%

Amount

43 mm

Wind speed

10 kmh

Humidity

72%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in February

Feel like

Pleasantly warm with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants and sneakers

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

24%

Amount

43 mm

Wind speed

15 kmh

Humidity

59%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

General weather summary in March

Feel like

Pleasantly warm with a gentle breeze

What to wear

Light clothing, rain pants, sneakers and Umbrella

Daylight length

12 hours

Chance of rain

42%

Amount

68 mm

Wind speed

15 kmh

Humidity

64%

Sunrise

06:29 AM

Sunset

06:34 PM

Temperature

30

20

10

0

86

68

50

32

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A Small Park with a Big Reputation

Hell’s Gate is about an hour north of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and thus is popular with both locals and international tourists. Hells’ Gate is renowned for the quality of its hiking trails and for having some of the best rock climbing in East Africa.

The park has also played an oversized role in popular culture being that its landscape was the inspiration for the 1994 blockbuster film “The Lion King”. In 2003 Hollywood came to Hell’s Gate once again when many scenes from the live-action film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life” were shot here.

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Edward Mathu

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Hell’s Gate National Park History: Hell’s Gate was established in 1984. Besides its hot springs and water-carved landscape, the park is also known for its elevation of more than 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) and the variety of wildlife that calls the park home.

Hell’s Gate plays host to an abundance of wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, African buffalo, hyenas, baboons and Thompson’s gazelles. In addition, it is one of the only places on earth where you can see the extremely rare lammergeyer vulture.

Things to do in Hells Gate National Park.  There’s no shortage of things to do in Hells Gate National Park.

Located in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including Giraffe, Buffalos and Zebra. Predators aren’t easy to spot, but there are cheetah, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal which can sometimes be seen at dusk.

Visitors can also enjoy rock climbing, hiking and biking through the park’s stunning landscapes. And for those who are looking for a truly unique experience, the park also offers hot air ballooning and geo-thermal tours.

With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder Hells Gate National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. Get in touch today and start planning your safari, to Hell’s Gate and great other Kenya Parks with Flash McTours.

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If you’re looking for accommodation near Hell’s Gate National Park, we can help. We our proud to offer a range of beautiful safari lodges.

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