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Lake Nakuru National Park Facts,Tips & Activities

Welcome to Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is one of the largest lakes in Kenya and is just a 4 hour drive from Nairobi.The park boasts of abundance in its wildlife alongside spectacular views.The park has 3 main gates and once you get into the park you will enjoy a wide variety of wildlife species and especially the Flamingoes which make the lake lool pink.

Natural Wonders of Lake Nakuru National Park

There are several aspects that makes Lake Nakuru National Park to be unique and the most aftersorted wildlife destination in Kenya and beyond.

Lake Nakuru: Lake Nakuru, is a shallow soda lake found in Lake Nakuru National Park, the lake has an abundance of blue-green algae that attracts thousands if not millions of flamingos. Lake Nakuru is the home to famous flamingos that are the most known thing about Lake Nakuru National Park. This lake has no known outlet but its fed by the Njoro river, the Makalia river, and the Enderit river; all these three are seasonal rivers.

Flamingos and other birds: What makes Lake Nakuru and Lake Nakuru National Park famous and the most sought after places, is the flocks of flamingos that make their life on Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru has been known to have the greatest number of flamingos in the whole of Kenya and most people visit Lake Nakuru National park to experience these pink birds.

Lake Nakuru National Park also has several other birds mounting to over 300 bird species. Visitors to this park are able to enjoy these birds together with the flamingos. 

Vegetation: Lake Nakuru National Park has are unique vegetation that comprises of marshes, bushy grasslands, acacia woodlands and the euphorbia forest. This combined vegetation is only found in Lake Nakuru National Park and it contributes to the beauty and diversity of the park.

Landscape: Lake Nakuru National Park is endowed with a unique land scape that has rocky ridges spread across the park that make the park’s topography adventurous, fascinating and beautiful. Some rocky ridges are really raised above the park’s ground level and they are used by guests as viewpoints for wildlife, birdlife and nature. These viewpoints on top of offering great viewing vantage points they also have great ambiences that are used as picnic sites by most guests to the park.  All the viewpoints are overlook the lake and offer great views of the surrounding; the most prominent viewpoints are the Baboon Cliff, Out of Africa Lookout and the Lion Hill.

Road Network: Lake Nakuru National Park has a well-developed road network that facilitates easy and comfortable touring of the park and game viewing. The road network covers the entire park so you are able to tour the whole park with good navigation.

Animals: The animals in the park mount to over 50 mammal species and include black and white Rhinos, elephants, buffalos, hippos, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, elands, giraffes including the Rothschild’s giraffe, zebras, elands, gazelles, leopards and many more. On a good day you will also spot pythons in the wood vegetation.

Spectacular scenery: Lake Nakuru National Park is a place endowed with beautiful nature, landscape and natural features; these all combine together to give this park beautiful sceneries for photography and videography. Most people visit the park to take great photos for magazines and several media platforms.

The scenery is a combination of rocky escarpments, bushy grasslands, dense forests, birdlife and wildlife.

Climate and weather: The climate and weather in Lake Nakuru National Park is Semi-humid so the park throughout the year doesn’t get too cold or too hot compared to other parts of Nakuru and Kenya. However the park still experiences the four weather seasons as the rest of the country so you expect rains in the rainy seasons. The kind of climate though in the park makes it conducive to have a safari in this park any time of the year.

Access gates: The park can is accessed from Nairobi from the Nakuru – Nairobi highway and the park entrances are the main gate, lanet gate and the Nderit gate; totalling to three entrances to the park.

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

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Important: Lake Nakuru is one of the most relaxing point while in Kenya,and is closer to Lake Naivasha and Lake Bogoria.There are over 400 bird species in Lake Nakuru which makes it the perfect spot for birdwatching.Also,the existence of white rhino which is endangered species makes it one of the most sort after destinations in Kenya.

Other important information to note is that the park fee ticket only lasts for 24 hours.This is very important to note in order to avoid interruptions for your safari.All the payments are done via ecitizen platform.

Safari Knowledge Base

Lake Nakuru National Park (188 km2, 73 mi2), was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town. It is best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink.

Lake Nakuru is still worth a visit as it has many other notable park residents – including lion and leopard, plus black rhino and white rhino. Nakuru has become one of the most successful sanctuaries in East Africa for rhino and now houses healthy populations of both.

Most big safari animals are present in Lake Nakuru National Park, apart from elephants. The park is known for its populations of black and white rhino.

Park entry fees are charged to individuals with interest of accessing the park for a safari, they are charged depending on the status and age of the tourist. On a note fees, non-foreign fees are charged depending on the season that is either high season or low season

East African citizensChildren/students860 kshs
Adults215 kshs
Foreign residentsChildren/students1,030 kshs
Adults515 kshs
Non-foreign residentsAdult60 US$
Children35 US$

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.

Famous for its rhinoceros sanctuary, Lake Nakuru national park is an ideal place to visit in Kenya. The park is an excellent spot for wildlife spotting and is home to many water loving animals like hippos and many more. Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Given their semi-aquatic nature, the Lake Nakuru is a perfect inhabitant for the hippos. A boat trip down Lake Nakuru shall have you spotting a number of hippos, as well as a number of other water animals and birds like pelicans and flamingos.

The park was set up to protect the massive flocks of Flamingos which come here to feed on the cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and plankton. Witnessing the mass of bright pink birds moving about on the water is an unforgettable image.

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