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. 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 is the perfect say trip destination. The breath-taking scenery creates a memorable experience.
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 first is the receiving pond. It receives hot geothermal water with temperatures of approximately 90oC. This pond is not usable because of high temperatures. The Second pond fills up from the overflow of the first pond and has temperatures of about 60oC. It is also not usable. The third and largest pond receives the overflow of the second pond and overpass from the first pond. It´s 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.
The water is not only warm it is rich in healthy minerals.
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.
The KenGen Olkaria Geothermal Spa is located inside Hells Gate National Park which is managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Hells Gate is very massive and has several entrances so you have to be very particular the gate you’ll use. If you’re using personal means, you’ll have to drive towards Oserian Town from Naivasha. Just before you reach Oserian, there’s a road that leads directly to the KenGen Power Plant; you’ll see KWS offices at the gate. Now that you are at the gate, you’ll need to pay the standard KWS park entry fees. At the Spa you have to pay another entrance fee. The pricing is fair.