Hell’s Gate National Park

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Cycle into The Gates of Hell… no not really. But this park is incredible! A birding tour to Hell’s Gate National Park is a must!

If you’re enjoy cycling or you just like to birdwatch by foot, then this birding tour in Hell’s Gate National Park is for you!

Who wants to be confined to 4 wheels anyway? Named for the hellacious volcanic activity beneath the park, Hell’s Gate National Park is the one of the many few national parks in Africa that actually allows you to walk or cycle in. This place will take your breath away. There’s nothing like coming face to face with a herd of zebras on a plain old bicycle. Trust me they look a lot bigger when there’s nothing between you and the striped beast than your bicycle. I swear it got bigger, right? With spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, huge rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and kettle-like plumes of geothermal steam, there’s a lot this place has to offer. And the best thing is, the birdlife is spectacular too! From the exquisite Superb Starling to the all impressive Verreaux’s Eagle, there’s a lot of birding to keep you occupied. If you’re up for an adventure and don’t mind a little exercise then this birding tour is for you.

Join us on an unforgettable birding tour at Hell’s Gate National Park!

Key Bird Species

Bird Checklist: Over 100 Species
Popular Species seen on this Hell’s Gate National Park Birding Tour:
Verreaux’s Eagle, Black-headed Oriole, Rüppell’s Vulture

Some 103 different bird species have been recorded in Hell’s Gate National Park, so you can reasonably expect to spot at least 25-30 species during a one-day visit; easiest to identify are the secretary bird and common ostrich, which patrol the valley floor. Augur buzzard are also easily seen, perched atop the volcanic plug of Fischer’s Tower. The 120m-high cliffs, (white-streaked by colonies of nesting Egyptian and Ruppel’s Griffon Vultures) also provide the perfect nesting site for thousands of Nyanza and mottled swifts; and a unique breeding ground for the elusive Verreaux’s eagle; Cape eagle-owls also nest in the gorge.

​There’s also a hide in the park, The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor Hide. This unique hide incorporates a one-way window, which allows visitors to view and photograph many of the Hell Gate’s raptors at exceptionally close range.

White-fronted Bee-eater seen on our Hell's Gate National Park Birding Tour
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Mocking Cliff Chat seen on our What to expect on this Kenya Birding Tour

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