Best Time to Visit – Hell's Gate NP

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

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Hell’s Gate offers reasonable wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the rains might interfere with your activities during the main Wet season months (March, April and May).

Best Time June to March is best for general wildlife viewing and outdoor activities (Little rain)
High Season The park is little visited throughout the year, but Naivasha gets busy with expats on school holidays, especially over Christmas (Accommodation in Naivasha might be harder to book)
Low Season The park is little visited throughout the year (It never gets crowded)
Best Weather June to February (Little rainfall)
Worst Weather March to May (Heavy rainfall)

June to October Dry Season

  • It is sunny and dry, but rarely hot
  • Dry days are excellent for walking and cycling
  • Grass is short, and animals congregate around water, making them easy to spot
  • It never gets crowded
  • A lot of dust in the sky and the scenery is less spectacular

November to May Wet Season

  • Skies are clear of dust, the park is green, and there are lots of flowers
  • Many newborn animals
  • Wildlife viewing is still fine in the Wet season as the park isn’t very big
  • Bird watching is excellent, migratory birds are present, and raptors are nesting on the cliffs
  • March to May can be very wet and rain can interfere with walking and cycling activities

Wildlife Photos

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