To Hell’s Gate (and back again)

May 13, 2013 at 11:01 am 2 comments

When I was taken to see Disney classic, The Lion King, at the tender age of nine by my great-grandparents, I never imagined I’d find myself, 20 years later, standing in the national park that it was set in.

While we didn’t see any lions, Hell’s Gate National Park is seriously impressive.

We set off early, and after a two hour drive from Nairobi, we were winding down the Old Escarpment Road with the rift valley below. Beautiful. Terrifying.

At the bottom of the road, which was built in 1942 by Italian prisoners of war, is a tiny Catholic church – also built by the POWs.


We then moved on to Hell’s Gate, and took the walk through  Ol Njorowa Gorge (where the less-than-classic Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life was filmed), that has been hollowed out by water over millennia, creating a geologists wet dream.


Despite our ambivalence about taking a guide, it was only a few minutes before we were feeling very glad we did. There was no marked path and the walk involved scrambling up and down rock faces and waterfalls.

And here we are at the end. Looking really pleased with ourselves.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura  |  May 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Ah good on you guys for making the most of each weekend! We’ve been here over 9 months and still haven’t made it to Hell’s Gate. And can I comment on Reuben’s awesome white sandals? 😉

    • 2. Jesse Dean  |  May 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      They’re Birkenstocks, he’s such a hipster. Totally practical for scrambling around gorges too hey?!


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