Kenya’s Hells Gate National Park is open for tourists

Kenya Wildlife Service has reopened the gorges at Hells Gate National Park, two months after they were closed following a tragedy that claimed the lives of seven youth.

The gorges of Hells Gate National Park in Kenya

KWS director Julius Kipng’etich announced the reopening and assured the public that they were safe for hiking.

The gorges were shut down indefinitely in April, after seven youngsters perished during an excursion organized by the Mukarara church. Flash floods swept them away during the expedition.

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Kip’getich added that more precautionary measures have been put in place including marking of the danger zones.

“We had closed the gorges due to the heavy rains as we tried to assure the tourists that visited the gorges of maximum security. We want to assure the residents that the gorges are now open and people can come in for expeditions, hiking and the nature trails that the gorges are famous for,” added Kipng’etich.

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