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Lake Nakuru National Park

Why Lake Nakuru National Park

This National park is named after the shallow salty lake Nakuru that is found at the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The beautiful lake is part of the ecological diversity that surrounds the park. The park  is a bird watching heaven for those in love with birds as it is home to 450 species of birds including flamingoes. Nakuru National park is also home to different species of mammals including; zebras, rhinos, lions, giraffes, leopards, baboons, waterbucks among others.

How to get there

By road: Lake Nakuru National Park is situated 140km’s drive from the capital Nairobi. It is possible to enter the parks gate from the Nairobi Nakuru road at Lanet gate. You can also access the park from Nakuru town at the main gate or at Nderit Gate if you are travelling from Elementaita or Masai Mara.  Due to its close proximity to the capital, it is one of the most frequented parks in Kenya.

By air: There is an airstrip at the park, the Naishi airstrips which is used by tourists and the Kenya Wildlife employees.

What to expect

Flamingoes and other bird species

The lake was and is still is famous for Flamingoes which can be found at the lake shores feeding on algae. However, the lake is not the bird’s breeding grounds thus the numbers are not as many. Additionally, the Lakes rising water levels have decreased the alkalinity of the lake. This has led to fewer algae available for the flamingoes to feed on. Not to worry though if you don’t get to see the Flamingoes.  If you are a bird lover you get to see over 450 species of birds. The park is simply known as a bird watching haven.


The Park is home to over 56 species of wildlife mammals. Most notable are the endangered black and white rhinos. The park has become a sanctuary for them in East Africa. Its population had tremendously grown at the park. Pythons can also be seen sometimes dangling from the trees. Other mammals one will see include lions, leopards, baboons, zebras, giraffe’s waterbucks, buffaloes among many others.

Beyond the lake

A rewarding experience is the exploration of the park beyond the lake. One gets to see the Makalia waterfall, The Menengai and Eburu craters and the Bahati and the Lion hills. The park landscape is also spectacular with acacia woodland and marsh and grasslands. One also gets to see the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa at the park. Nakuru Town which is also just next to the park is a hub of activities, visiting it will enable one to interact with the local community.

Great view points

You can view the lake which occupies about a third of the National Park from great view points at the park such as; Out of Africa hill, Lion hill and Baboon cliff. One gets to see the awe striking dense blue-green color of the lake derived from Spirulina Plantesis that grows at the lake


Lodges: there are private owned lodges that are accommodating to visitors they include; Sarova Lion hill lodge, Lake Nakuru lodge and Flamingo hill camp

KWS self catering accommodation: The KWS owns the guest houses. They include flamingo guest house and Naishi guest house

Campsites: they are many campsites at the park where you can set up your tent as you enjoy the spectacular views of the park.

Why this park is famous

  • Flamingoes and bird watching, the park is famous for it’s lesser and larger flamingoes. This is a bird watcher’s paradise. If you are a bird lover you get to enjoy watching numerous species of water and terrestrial birds
  • Home to many endangered mammals such as the black and white rhinos and Rothschild’s giraffe
  • Picturesque ridges, Lake Nakuru and surrounding escarpments, grasslands and woodlands.

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