Located just south of the lake is the Hell’s Gate National Park, which is named after the two red-hued cliffs that welcome the visitor into its enticing geothermal interior. This area is great to explore by foot across its savannah ecosystem and there are various hiking trails. It is possible to sight cheetah, leopard and lion here if you are fortunate, as well as over 100 bird species and other animals like Thomson’s gazelle, eland, zebra and buffalo.
crater lake game sanctuary
From the western side of the lake by Kongoni, Crater Lake Game Sanctuary surrounds an idyllic volcanic crater lake with a steep crater rim that offers some excellent hiking trails. Privately owned, the sanctuary has good game viewing with zebra and buffalo found here.
The alkaline-filled lake is said by Maasai to have healing qualities, and flamingoes come to feed on the lake’s algae, which gives the lake an unusually green shade.