Hell’s Gate National Park

This one is not for the faint hearted – fitness levels don’t matter, but your sense of adventure does! We took Natalia, our chatty Colombian-American adventurer and we want you to hear what she has to say about it.

Where do I begin? Hell’s Gate was a great surprise of wildlife and adventure and really pushed me (literally) out of my comfort zone and into the wild. Your body will feel the adventure when you get home in the evening I promise.

It’s an early start with pick up at around 6:30 (totally worth it though) and the drive to Hell’s Gate. On the way there we were told about how this park inspired a lot of the drawings in the Lion King (including Pride Rock) and that it is where Tomb Raider was filmed. Not a bad start.

When we arrived we were given our bikes to do the first part of the trip. I’m not a bike lover at all, but it was amazing to have zebras hanging out around us, minding their own business while we cycled. Tony, our guide for the day, followed us in the safari van so a couple of the weaker members of the trip (not me, of course) were able to get in the car as they got tired.

We went up to Pride Rock about half way through our cycle and my God, are those beautiful views. I don’t love heights so I did cling onto Tony for dear life, but again, it was totally worth it.

Once we got to the gate of the Hell’s Gate Gorge, we left our bikes and started our hike. It really is amazing to walk through the gorge, and it challenged me to go to the gym more often when I’m home! The highlight of the hike was the climb – with rasta man Tony encouraging me to free climb up 7 meters and Tabby at the top of the wall ready to pull me up. Never ever did I think I could do it, but I made it! I hadn’t felt so proud of myself since that spelling bee in 3rd grade.

After the hike (what a hike…) we were brought to the only spa water swimming pool in Africa, which was very much welcomed by the sore muscles! We had lunch at the pool and headed to the last part of the trip.

Lake Naivasha is beautiful. We got on a boat to see the hippos and I loved it. Slightly scary since they aren’t the friendliest creatures but the boat man assured me we would make it out alive.

What can I say? It’s a full day adventure, limit pushing at the same time as you see wild animals and some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. I would do it again tomorrow!

The Nitty Gritty

Duration: 10 Hours

What’s included in the price?
  • Transport.
  • Park Entrance Fee.
  • Lunch at the swimming poo.
  • Bike Hire.
  • Swimming pool entrance fee.
  • Boat ride in Lake Naivasha.
What’s not included in the price?
  • International Flights and Visas
  • Water (and trust me, you will need it)
  • Sunscreen (again, don’t even doubt it)
  • Snacks
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