Birds – 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.

More than 100 bird species have been recorded at Hell’s Gate. It was once famous as a breeding place for bearded vultures (lammergeyers), but these beautiful vultures are now only occasional visitors. The cliffs still attract several nesting raptor species including Egyptian and Rüppell's vultures. The Verreaux’s eagle can often be seen soaring above the cliffs looking for rodents. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Hell's Gate NP
Augur buzzard
Common
Common fiscal
Common
Northern anteater chat
Locally common
Rüppell's vulture
Common
Secretary bird
Common

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Birds in Hell's Gate NP
Bird Species
100+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Hell’s Gate offers good bird watching throughout the year. The best time is from November to April when migrants from Europe and north Africa are in the park. This coincides with the Wet season, when many species can be seen in breeding plumage as they are nesting. June to October is the Dry season, and tends to be best for general wildlife viewing.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Hell's Gate NP
Bird Species
100+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr