Facts > Kenya
> Visa Info >Travel
Basics > Kenya Wildlife
> History, Culture & Population
> National Parks > Nairobi
National Park & Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Are you planning to
spend your vacation in Kenya? Our dedicated travel experts
will organise for you discount Safari tours to Hell's Gate National
Park and Kakamega Forest National Reserve tailormade to your
particular requirements. View our discount Kenya
4. HELL'S GATE
Hell's Gate National Park covers an area of 68.25 km2 and
is situated in the environs of Lake Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi.
The park is situated 14 km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha
highway. It is characterised by diverse topography
and geological scenery. It is an important home of the lammergeyer.
Major Attractions At The Hell's Gate National
- Game viewing
- Raptor nesting in cliffs
- Spectacular gorge walk
- Hot springs
- Scenic landscape
- The Geothermal Station
- Masai culture.
Activities At Hell's Gate National Park
- Rock climbing
- Bird watching
- Wildlife viewing.
Major Wildlife Found At Hell's Gate National
Buffalo, Cheetah, Dik-dik, Reticulated Giraffe, Hartebeest,Hippopotamus,
Impala Zebra, etc
5. KAKAMEGA FOREST RESERVE
The Kakamega Forest National Reserve covers an area
of about 240 km2 and was established to protect the only mid altitude
tropical rainforest in Kenya, a remnant and eastern limit of rainforests
of Zaire and West Africa. Its West African affinities are unique
in Kenya and the forest contains many species found nowhere else
in the country.
The forest lies in the Lake Victoria catchment, about 40km north
of Kisumu and just east of the Nandi Escarpment that forms the edge
of the central highlands.
It was first gazetted as a trust forest in 1933
and two small Nature Reserves, Yala and Isecheno were established
within the forest reserve in 1967. In 1986 nearly 4,000ha of the
northern portion of the forest together with the adjacent Kisere
Forest were gazetted as Kakamega Forest National Reserve. The forest
is an important water catchment area with the Isiukhu and Yala rivers
flowing through it. The terrain is undulating with often steep sided
river valleys. The soils are well-drained, deep, heavily leached
clay loams and clays of generally low fertility.
The Kakamega Forest National Reserve climate has
an annual rainfall over 2,000mm. Most of this rain falls between
April and November with a short dry season from December to March.
Rain falls mostly in the afternoons or early evenings and is often
accompanied by heavy thunderstorms. Average temperatures remain
similar between 15°C and 28°C.
Major Attractions At The Kakamega Forest National
Kenya's only tropical rain forest with unique endemic and endangered
species of mammals, birds, Butterflies, Snakes.
Major Wildlife Found At Kakamega Forest
Baboon, Bushbuck, Hedgehogs, Hippopotamus, Hyaena, Mongoose etc