Day Trip to Hells Gate and Olkaria Geothermal Spa – Naivasha
Hell’s Gate National Park is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa. Hell’s Gate is an ideal venue for a day trip from Nairobi where, in addition to the bio-diversity that includes raptors, visitors can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and a natural spa.
Olkaria Geothermal Spa
Olkaria Geothermal Spa is the first of its kind in Africa. It is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, about 120KM from Nairobi, right at the heart of the Hell’s Gate National Park, which was the setting the Lion King film and adjacent to Mt. Longonot National Park.
The Centre is a product of Geothermal Power Projects at Olkaria where Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) owns and operates four Power Plants. It provides the ultimate destination for revellers, away from the hustle and bustles of the city.
The breath-taking scenery creates a memorable experience. It is the perfect tourist destination. Users enjoy therapeutic benefits of the Olkaria Geothermal Spa and have the opportunity to relax, refresh and revitalize their minds, bodies and soul after a long stressful week.
The Olkaria Geothermal Spa offers recreational and therapeutic swimming with its Blue Lagoons.
There are three cascading lagoons or ponds. These ponds receive geothermal water or brine, collected through a system of lagged pipes from various wells within the Olkaria Geothermal field. The third and largest pond receives the overflow of the second pond and overpass from the first pond. Its temperatures range from lows of 30oC to highs of 40oC, and is good for relaxation as one enjoys the warmth of the water.
The pool can accommodate up to 400 people. This pool has an island in the middle for aesthetic and lighting purposes at night as it has a lamppost. An extension of this pond is the children’s pool suitable for kids below 8 years. The Spa is equipped with poolside furniture such as sun loungers, fancy tables and chairs.
They can simply enjoy the clean, crisp, cool and reinvigorating air as they watch the day glide by or take a relax in the warm geothermal water, which is rich in minerals such as sulphur and silica known to cure diseases such as psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis among others. The blue lagoon skin treatment is natural and has no side effects.
The cafeteria serves guests visiting the Spa. Customers can enjoy a variety of delicious foods and refreshing beverages served. The comfortable and beautiful furniture is intended to create a relaxed feel. The Spa’s cafeteria features a full menu of “comfort” food. It offers buffet and a la carte menus, a coffee shop and a bar which offers a variety of beverages.
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