Lake Nakuru Travel
This is one of Kenya’s iconic parks. It is centered around Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake that is one of the Rif Valley Soda Lakes. Often, more than a million fuchsia pink flamingos form a ring around this lake feeding on the algae that thrives in the warm waters. The spectacle attracts wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists from all over the world. The park also acts as a sanctuary for black rhinos, white rhinos and Rothschild Giraffes. The park lies 140 kilometres northwest of Nairobi and covers 188 sq km/73 sq mi.
Lake Nakuru National Park is semi-arid, maintaining friendly temperatures for most of the year. Late afternoon showers are however quite common. The rain is however not much of a bother since the park is relatively small and you might not need to drive around that much. The dryer months coincide with the peak tourism season in Kenya so it’s usually expensive and crowded. Due to its sanctuary status, the park is fenced and game concentration hence maintained. There are several viewpoints from where you can see the whole park and its surroundings, and probably have a picnic lunch. They include; “Out of Africa”, Lion Hill and Baboon Cliff.
The common wildlife here includes; : Lions, Leopards, Black Rhinos, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Jackals, Lesser Flamingos, Hippopotamus, Pythons Colobus Monkeys, Cheetahs, African Buffalos, Zebras, Impalas, Olive Baboons, , Waterbucks and Vervet Monkeys among others
How to get to Lake Nakuru National Park
There are several routes to access the park. If coming by road from Nairobi, ou use the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, with spectacular views of the Rift Valley and with glimpses of Mt. Longonot, Lake Naivasha and Lake Elementaita. You’ll also encounter some wild animals along the highway like giraffes, zebra and dik dik. Access into the park is through one of three gates: the Main Gate on the outskirts of Nakuru town, Lanet Gate that is accessible straight from the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and Nderit Gate.
A flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi will usually take about 30 minutes and lands at the Naishi airstrip inside the park.
Lake Nakuru Highlights
- Spectacular views of flamingo at Lake Nakuru
- Rare wildlife such as the black rhino and Rothschild's giraffe are protected here
- Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best places in Kenya to see leopard