I’m sure every Kenyan who has been to Hell’s Gate has asked themselves the origins of the name. Residents of Naivasha explain that it was dubbed the name due to the hot gorges in the area but it makes me wonder if there is an ulterior definition to it. Maybe it is truly the gates of hell and we have simply conditioned ourselves to the less dreaded meaning. Ha! What a way to start a post right?
No matter what the meaning of the name is, it is one of the treasures we have in Kenya together with our fine beaches and beautiful mountain. I had previously done a short post on it and I will not rewrite everything I had mentioned previously. Nearly one month ago, I got to travel back to the Gates of Hell, however, we were to enjoy it in a different light. We were to swim in the Olkaria Geothermal Spa.
Located south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, Hell’s Gate National Park is one of the popular National parks in Kenya with an added advantage as it provides camping, game drives, rock climbing and biking and a relaxing spa.
Before we got to the Geothermal Spa, we had to enjoy the scenery that is in Hell’s Gate. Zebras prancing around and giraffes giving us strange looks, this is the norm in the National reserve. We even spotted some Hyrax.
OLKARIA GEOTHERMAL SPA.
The Geothermal Spa is located near the exit of the Hell’s Gate. The pool is the main attraction at the spa together with the baboons that constantly try to steal your food. The water is warm at nearly 30 degrees and has an odd slimy feel to it but it is perfect for a cold day.
I wasn’t able to take images of the premises but take it from me that it is a calm cosy spot that shockingly did not have many people..on a Saturday! You can enjoy these portraits I took of my friends.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hell’s Gate Entrance fees
Kenyan adults – Ksh. 350
Kenyan children – Ksh. 250
Resident foreigners adults – Ksh. 700
Resident foreigners children – Ksh. 350
Non-resident foreigners adults – USD 30
Non-resident foreigners children – USD 20
5-seater car – Ksh 500
7-seater car – Ksh 1200
Olkaria Geothermal spa fees
Kenyan adults – Ksh. 400
Kenyan children – Ksh. 100
Group for students (under 18) – Ksh. 100
Resident foreigners adults – Ksh. 1,000
Resident foreigners children – Ksh. 500
Non-resident foreigners adults – Ksh. 1,800
Non-resident foreigners children – Ksh. 850
Pool closes at 6pm
It is easier to get to the National Park by private means, however, you can get a matatu at Oserian Town and alight at the Olkaria Stage whereby you can get a motorbike till the KWS entrance. This would cost you 200-250KSH in total
So if you are looking for a perfect spot to relax with friends and family on that cold November afternoon, I highly recommend The Olkaria Geothermal Spa.
Have a lovely week.
Question: Know any other cool pools in Kenya?