Off the Beaten Path: Bird Watching, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Fishing [Mar – May]

WHERE? Camp Carnelley’s

  • Nature walks
  • Boat trips
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching

The nearby Hells Gate is best known for its jagged cliffs and striking gorge, and offers excellent rock climbing for all abilities, from easy routes on East Rib, ideal for beginners, to the more challenging 37m Groove, on Fischer’s Tower named after German naturalist Gustav Fischer, a volcanic stack where may have been to outlet that united Naivasha,  Elementaita, and Nakuru). 


Hell’s Gate is one of the few national parks that is safe to walk in. The 68-km2 park was gazetted in 1984.


Take a hike down Njorowa Gorge, or mountain bike past giraffe and zebra. 

At Hell’s Gate may be seen the rare Lammergeyer, Nyanza swift, and Verreaux’s Eagle (July – March). The endemic Ruepell’s Vulture’s habitat is under threat from geothermal mining activity. 


While on a game drive here you will encounter antelopes, elegant giraffes, and other plain animals as well as the geothermal activity of the hot springs, where you can take a bath in the therapeutic waters.

Explore Crescent Island where flocks of heron, storks and a variety of water fowl, while lesser flamingos, various ducks and grebes feed in the green-black waters of Crater Lake. 

The camp offers bandas, rooms, dorms, and camping in gardens that slope to the shores of Crater Lake. It also has 2-ensuite bandas and the restaurant has as a la carte menu, with international dishes like spicy crayfish and steak. And also serves local favorites like kachumbari and nyamachoma. 

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