Kenya Safari- Lake Nakuru Safari Park of Kenya Rift Valley Lake Vacation


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The wonders of Lake Nakuru safari park

Lake Nakuru National Park is most famous for its stunning flocks of lesser flamingo, which led to its protection as a park. The flamingos populations are so massive they turn the edges of the lake pink. The park, thanks to the lake also has a very rich birdlife and is a stating point for upcoming ornithologists, scientists and wildlife-film makers.

The Nakuru lake vacation park includes a range of wooded and bush grassland surrounding the lake and offering a wide ecological variety, from lake water, woodland to rocky escarpments and ridges.

Facts on Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is located at an altitude of 4,000-5,767 ft and covers an area of 188sqkm. Lake Nakuru is a distance of 157 km from Nairobi Kenya. It has a Naishi airstrip. The Kenyan Lake Park opened its doors in June 1968 to protect the lake and its beneficiary bird and animal life. The Saline lake Nakuru national park hosts over 400 bird species including both aquatic and terrestrial birds.

The lake with a pink Ribbon

Flamingos alone number over 1 million birds in any given time of the year. Game viewing in Nakuru lake Vacation Park is plentiful and easy. Animals to be found in the park include ;leopard, White Rhino, Black Rhino, African savannah lion, Buffaloes, gazelles, hyenas, antelopes, giraffes among other Kenya plains game.

Lake Nakuru National Park has a very picturesque landscape consisting of Yellow fever trees (Acacia) and the endemic Euphorbia Candelabrum.

Wildlife of Lake Nakuru National Park

Other notable game in the lake park includes the hippo and clawless otters. There are plentiful of waterbucks and Bohor’s reedbuck and zebra roaming on the shores of Lake Nakuru. The woodlands have been restocked and successfully bred both white and black rhino populations. The black rhino populations had been decimated by poaching and only 2 animals remained in 1987.

A rhino sanctuary was introduced in the park and a breeding herd introduced from Laikipia. This has led to the lake Nakuru national park to be among the top breeding Kenya animal park for the black and white rhinos.

Wildlife viewing in Nakuru national park is relatively easy and one is able to see buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild’s giraffe, white and black colobus monkey. The woodlands offer eland, steinbok, impala, Chandler's Reedbuck and dik dik, whilst rock hyrax and klipspringer occupy the cliffs and escarpment.

Lake Nakuru Accommodation, lodges, campsites, guest houses and bandas

Accommodation in Nakuru national park include two lodges namely the Lake Nakuru lodge and the Sarova Lion Hill lodge with a total bed capacity of 244. There is a KWS guest house, five campsites, self–help bandas and two picnic sites; the Makalia Falls and Njoro River Mouth (Near the main gate).

Getting there There is an airstrip at the Lake Nakuru Park which gets scheduled and chartered flights from Wilson airport in Nairobi.

The park is however well served with a good Nairobi-Nakuru highway and is only 2 hours by road. In addition, one is able to make stops at the various view points with awesome panoramic views into the floor of the Great Rift Valley. By all means using the road is more rewarding when visiting Nakuru National Park.

Robert is an Kenya East Africa travel expert and director of For more information on other most sought after Kenyan parks, see here:


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