Hell's Gate National Park This is an IBA in Danger! 

Country/territory: Kenya

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2014)
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Area: 6,826 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2022 unfavourable very high high
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Site summary

Hell's Gate is a small national park that lies just south of Lake Naivasha and was gazetted in 1984. It is a popular park with both local and international visitors due to proximity to Nairobi, low entry fees, and because it offers a range of outdoor activities including biking, climbing and hiking. It is one of the only two parks in Kenya that allow visitors to access the park without need of a vehicle. Visitors can walk or cycle from the entrance gate. The park is renowned for its plains game, birds and scenic vistas. amenities include a Maasai Cultural Centre and three basic camp sites. Its located in close proximity to Kenya's largest geothermal development area at the adjacent Olkaria site.


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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hell's Gate National Park. Downloaded from on 09/12/2023.