lake Nakuru national park

Lake Nakuru National park  is one of the Rift Valley lakes lies to the south of Nakuru in the rift valley of Kenya. The lake’s abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Eastern black rhinos and southern white rhinos have also been introduced
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.

Location of  lake Nakuru National park.

lake Nakuru national park  situatedapproximately 164 kilometres from Nairobi, it  is located in Nakuru town in Nakuru county, central Kenya, 140km North West of Nairobi city, the capital ofKenya. Lake Nakuru National Park is  situated in the Great Rift Valley and it used to be a part of the rift valley province before the area was changed to just Nakuru county. The lake, Lake Nakuru that is part ofLake Nakuru National park is among the five soda lakes in the Kenyan Great Rift Valley. The other four soda lakes are Lake Logipi, Lake Bogoria, Lake Magadi and Lake Elementeita.

When to go lake Nakuru national park.

The best time to visit Lake Nakuru National Park is during the dry seasons. June to October is the long dry season, and January to March is the short dry season. During the dry seasons, many of the smaller watering holes dry up, causing animals to gather at Lake Nakuru for water.

Attractions in   lake Nakuru national park.

  • 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
  • Waterfalls: Makalia.
  • 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

Wildlife of  lake Nakuru national park.

lake Nakuru National park wildlife Animals include rhinos (black and white rhinos), Rothschild giraffes, cape buffaloes, olive baboons, impalas, waterbucks, hippos, colobus monkeys, spotted hyenas, zebras, gazelles, leopards, lions, among others.

Accommodation at  lake Nakuru national park.

KWS Self Catering

Naishi Guest House


Makalia Campsite
Reedbuck Campsite
Naishi Campsite
Rhino Campsite
Chui Campsite
Baboon Cliff
Out of Africa

Privately Owned Lodges

Lake Nakuru lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

The Cliff Hotel

Flamingo Hill Camp

KWS Hostels

Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) Hostels

How to get  lake Nakuru national park.

  • Nakuru national park 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.

Things to do and see in lake Nakuru national park.

  • Bird watching
    Lake Nakuru National Park is a home to over 450m species of birds that is famous for the flamingo birds and this becomes so interesting and makes it so wonderful especially for bird lovers.
  • Camping activities
    Lake Nakuru National Park provides the best opportunities for camping and the bushy vegetation gives you the best experience as you place your tent under the sky.
  • Lake Nakuru Viewing
    The most tourist who visit Lake Nakuru National Park you cannot detach them from the lake Nakuru since it is the major highlight of the attractions that are found within the Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • Photography
    Lake Nakuru National Park offers the best opportunities and sports for good photo moments producing wonderful pictures and this has made the wonderful destination for the photos where they are taken for commercial purposes or personal consumption
  • Wildlife or animals viewing
    Lake Nakuru National Park also other than birds features important animals species that you don’t need to miss out on while on your safari to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National Park records more than 50 species of mammals that are protected within the park.
  • Hiking to Makalia falls
    Lake Nakuru National Park offers the opportunity to visitors to enjoy the small falls of the Makalia falls. The hike to the falls is strenuous but it can give you the required physical exercises and hiking experience, the Makalia Falls is the hidden treasure of the Lake Nakuru National Park which you can exploit whenever you visit the Lake Nakuru National Park
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