Lake Nakuru National Park


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Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
About Lake Nakuru National Park
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Parks total area:
188 km² (73 mi²)
Year established:
1961
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Park wildlife:
  • Amazing biodiversity with 56 different species of mammals and over 450 bird species.
  • Known for its large flamingo population. Thousands can be found here!
  • Check out the rhino sanctuary. Over 100 black and white rhinos call this place home.
  • Home to four of the big five: lions, leopards, rhinos and African buffaloes.
  • Can be reached in two hours by road from Nairobi.

Lake Nakuru National Park lies about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Nairobi and can be reached in two hours if driving from Nairobi City. The park was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru and has since expanded to include the surrounding areas and provide a buffer zone for protection from agricultural and industrial influences. At 188 km² (73 mi²) Lake Nakuru National Park is a relatively small park, but it is one of Kenya’s prime parks in terms of biodiversity and opportunities for sightings of rare animals. In 2011 it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lake Nakuru is an alkaline lake, which feeds one of the park’s main attractions – the flamingos (greater and lesser). These magnificent birds migrate in thousands, even millions, between the lakes within the Rift valley and you can see a mesmerizing pink mass in and around Lake Nakuru for most of the year. The lake’s water is colored by the green-blue Cyanophyte spirulina platensis, an algae that is the major food source for the flamingos. Flamingos, as well as pelicans, cormorants and other water birds, can be appreciated from the road, when approached on foot, or by going to the top of Baboon Cliff, one of the three established viewpoints (the other two being Out of Africa and Lion Hill), which allow you to park your car and walk around, take photo’s and have a picnic.

Lake Nakuru wildlife

The next big lure of Lake Nakuru National Park is the rhino. The charity Rhino Rescue focused on this park, and as a result about 60 black rhinos and 40 white rhinos happily roam the park, protected by an electric fence to keep the poachers out. Despite the lower numbers, white rhinos are more frequently encountered, even as many as 20 on a single game drive, while the black ones live more secluded lives. Due to the protective fence, elephants are the only members of the big five who do not live in the park. Lions, leopards and African buffaloes can all be sighted, and Nakuru is especially famous for its leopards, which can frequently be spotted during the day. Other impressive residents include the Rothschild's giraffe, waterbuck, cheetahs, large pythons, hippos, hyenas and over 450 bird species. Within the park boundaries is also Makalia Falls, a waterfall you can enjoy on foot.

Lake Nakuru National Park is a perfect place for bird watchers, game drives, eager photographers and leisurely picnic-goers. In September you can join the beautiful ‘Cycle with the Rhino’ event.

When is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru?

Officially the park’s climate is described as dry sub-humid to semi-arid. Rain showers are frequent in the afternoons. July to December and January to March are considered the drier months, but also bring more tourists. To avoid crowds, consider visiting in December, or in the period from April to June. Interesting animal sightings are guaranteed throughout the year due to the protective electric fence.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Mar 28, 2017   |   Visited: Feb 2017.
In Lake Nakuru we have the two types of flamingos: lesser and greater which frequent the lake as non breeding visitors, it has been recorded over 430 different species of birds amazing don't you think this is a bird watching paradise for bird lovers!

The wildlife on the other hand is also great with white and black rhino,hippos,spotted hyenas, buffalo and waterb... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 07, 2016   |   Visited: Aug 2016.
This is one of Kenya's top 3 National Parks and a must visit while on safari. The park is just over 3 hours from Nairobi city and hence a perfect destination for a day trip.

Upon arrival at the park, we were met by a huge herd of buffaloes. Did you know that the cape buffalo is the most aggressive of the wild animals? Another pleasant surprise was the group of w... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 14, 2016   |   Visited: Feb 2016.
It was easy to spot wild animals unlike in most other parks. My most incredible sights were of pink flamingos dotting the shows of Lake Nakuru. The parks hosts four of the Big Five (except for the Elephant). The baboons around the gate are were very welcoming and absolutely comical. It was great to spot warthogs busy going about their daily business. Lions were in ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 01, 2016   |   Visited: Feb 2016.
Lake Nakuru lodge was decent in standard. The views were beyond words - amazing and having a bush dinner provided us with some great photos. The game drives were well planned and we were very fortunate to see a lot of animals, we even got to see the white rhino. The guide told us a lot of information on various animals and he had answers to all our questions and he... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 11, 2015   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
Lake Nakuru National Park is a in a class of its own, this unique park hosts millions of flamingos, white and black rhinos, tree climbing lions, different species of herbivores, hundreds of bird species and the elusive master of camouflage The leopard. Lake Nakuru National Park is a great getaway for a day trip or an overnight safari. The lodges within the park are... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 06, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2015.
Lake Nakuru is an ornithologist’s paradise with over 400 recorded species of birds. Around the lake one can find flamingos, a wide range of waders including avocet, while large rafts of pelicans can also be seen sweeping the water in unison.

There are well marked driving tracks around the lake and all over the park where you can enjoy a self-driven safari in you... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 27, 2015   |   Visited: May 2015.
This alkaline Lake feed the masses of both the greater and lesser flamingos. It is also the home for the black and white rhino as well as the rare Rothschild Giraffe.
There are also other species of animals eg leopard, zebras, antelopes, gazelles and the baboon, which can be seen in this Rift Valley Lake. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 16, 2015   |   Visited: Sep 2014.
Lake Nakuru National Park is a haven for flamingoes and many other kind of birds. The park is also rich with different kind of wildlife, like waterbucks, rothschild giraffe and many others. I would recommend it for bird watching and also for game drives. There are lodges and camps where can stay in and feel the touch of nature. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 20, 2015   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to various kinds of wildlife and home to a prolific number of birdlife the most famous being the flamingos.
Lake Nakuru National Park is also best for people who do not have a lot of days to spend in Kenya, a day trip to and from Lake Nakuru National Park is possible. It is also best for visitors who are planning to visit other p... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 16, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
Lake Nakuru National Park covers 180 sq km and is home to white and black rhinos, lions, warthogs, waterbucks, buffalo, reedbucks and the occasional leopard among other wildlife.

Lake Nakuru National Park Day Trip from Nairobi (Tour Duration: Full Day) 160 Kilometers, 2.5 Hours Away from Nairobi are a good way to see the park if time is short. Along the way you ... read more
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Up to two million nesting flamingos and a safe haven for black and white rhinos. Expect an abundance of wildlife!
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