Lake Nakuru National Park is found in the Great Rift Valley, the park is encircled by bushy grassland and a woody forest which makes it most beautiful paradises on the planet. The Great Rift Valley floor hosts Lake Nakuru, home to millions of flamingos and a fabulous collection of flora and fauna. Lake Nakuru National Park might cover over just 188 sq kilometers nevertheless it still manages to present perfect atmospheres for animal watching, game drives, bird watching and exciting hikes.
Regardless of its small size, the park is home to over 550 species of plants among which includes yellow acacia woodlands and the biggest euphorbia forest on the continent. The lake conquers approximately two-thirds of the park area and its waters support a blue-green flower which is the main source of food for the millions of flamingos that can be found at the lake.
Lake Nakuru may be compressed in its size, but its charming backgrounds never fail to attract tourists from all over the world. The park’s biggest best part is its shallow soda lake and the thousands of pearl-white pelicans and pink flamingos that it attracts. The splendid greenery, glittering waterfalls and magnificent cliffs also add to the overall heaven. Other animal findings at Lake Nakuru are; baboons, rhinos, colobus monkeys, lions and leopards. Lake Nakuru promises year-round explorations and feels equally exotic during the off-season.
This prehistoric landscape has often been characterised as the ‘cradle of mankind’ and frequent biographies and films have been shot in the park. World-famous birdwatchers, writers and artists have visited the park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic and game drives.
Lake Nakuru national park is located two hours from Nairobi, Lake Nakuru is un avoidable for anyone planning a wildlife adventure in the country. The park has over 1.2 million Flamingos aside, white and black rhinos, hippos, giraffes, impalas, water bucks, elands, warthogs, hippos, baboons, zebras, buffaloes, leopards and tree-climbing lions and other number of wildlife that you will have to find in the park.
Lake Nakuru gained reputation around the world as a major success story for the rhino. It was home to the Rhino Rescue project and its electric fence presents a safe sanctuary for its rare inhabitants. Currently, the park has over 40 white rhinos and 60 black rhinos and is one of the best places to see predators during the day.
The area below Flamingo Hill is the go-to spot for seeing lions. This is one of the places which forces you to look up for lionesses have a habit of sleeping in the acacia trees found here. The area around Makolia Camp is frequented by leopards and the caves beneath Lion Hill are home to numerous species of snakes, including the deadly python.
How to get there.
- By Roads: Lake Nakuru National Pak has a tarmac road connection with Nairobi, a distance of 156 km North West of Nairobi on the main A104 road. The most commonly used route into the park is via the main gate, 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre. It is also possible to enter the park from the main Nairobi Nakuru road at Lanet Gate. The Nderit Gate is used by people accessing the park from Masai Mara or Elementaita.
- By Airstrips: The Naishi airstrip services the park for tourism and KWS activities.
- Park Roads: The Park has adequate and well serviced motorable roads that make most parts of the park accessible.
- Park Gates: The Park has three gates, Main Gate and Lanet Gate that link the park with the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and the less used Nderit Gate.
When to visit lake Nakuru.
Although a year-round destination, the months of July and August tend to coincide with the peak season. This is when you can expect crowds, lots of greenery and excellent game viewing opportunities. The months of March to June are best avoided as this coincides with the wet season, and it tends to rain through the night and well into the morning.
Lake Nakuru attracts millions of greater and lesser flamingos and a variety of other water birds, Excellent bird watching opportunities, Biggest euphorbia forest in the continent, Black and white rhino, Breathtaking scenery and many more others.
- Flamingo(Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total.
- Mammals:56 different species including white rhinos, waterbuck etc.
- View-points:Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa
- Hills:Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion hill ridge etc
- Unique vegetation:About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.
- Cycle with rhino event every September yearly
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru national park has less accommodation that are found within the the National park. Among these includes.
- Naishi Guest House
- Lake Nakuru lodge
- Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
- Back Packers
- Makalia Campsite
- Reedbuck Campsite
- Naishi Campsite
- Rhino Campsite
- Chui Campsite
- Soysambu Campsite
- Kambi Nyuki Campsite
- Kambi Nyati Campsite
- Acacia Picnic Site
- Baboon Cliff
- Out of Africa
- Pelican Picnic Site