This weekend we went camping at Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha and had a blast! It’s been ages since we last visited the park, and I’ve been dying to check out the geothermal spa at Olkaria gate, so we decided to give it a go. I forgot how beautiful and special Hell’s Gate is! For details on camping there, check out this excellent post by the Kenyan Camper. And here are a few photos, if you’d like to see!
I have to say, for just one night of camping, we packed in SO much fun stuff! We did game drives, scrambled around the obsidian caves, went cycling, did some rock climbing… I really don’t know how we fit it all in, but it was great!
I loved cycling through the park. The last time I rode a bike through Hell’s Gate, I was young and single. This brought back lots of great memories of my backpacking days! It is so liberating, cycling through the wild! Claire and Heidi did great, too. I would hazard a guess that Heidi is one of the only 2 year olds to ride through Hell’s Gate under her own steam. My little warrior!
Jesse and the kids got their climb on at Fischer’s Tower, while I hung out at the bottom, checking out the freakishly friendly rock hyraxes. (I can do a lot of things, but I cannot do heights. I cry like a baby.) Claire made it a good 85% of the way up, and this height-fearing mama was BEYOND proud!
We camped at Naiburta campsite, which was amazingly well-equipped with shelters, picnic tables (in various states of disrepair, but still), fire pits with griddles fixed on top, and pit latrines. Since we usually camp in the bush, this was five-star accommodation! Our shade and camping table never even made it out of the car.
Let me just add that baboons are jerks, and are not to be trusted. They trooped through our campsite several times, but kept their distance as Jesse scared the big ones off. When we went for our bike ride, we packed away all our food, but we foolishly left out a plastic bucket with lid that had all of plates, cups and utensils inside. While we were away, the baboons had a good laugh and scattered it all over the campsite. We won’t make that mistake again! On a separate note, we found some interesting tracks in the morning. Maybe a mongoose? A genet? Any experts out there want to hazard a guess?
We finished off our weekend with a good soak at the Olkaria Geothermal Spa. WHOAH. This place is amazing! I think I could have spent all day there, if there were a bit of shade somewhere over the water.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend, jam packed with fun and adventure. Thank you, Hell’s Gate! We’ll be back for sure!