Explore Lake Nakuru National Park home for Rhino Sanctuary and few left flamingos and finally end up your safari in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
Lake Nakuru National Park
In 1960 Lake Nakuru National Park was established as a bird sanctuary because of the millions of flamingoes since the Lake is the primary source of food. After a few years, the park boundaries were extended and transformed into a National Park covering 188 square kilometers. The park now boasts of its rich wildlife, the high number of rhino, and more famous flamingoes.
Depending on how much rainfall is received and also the season, the size of the Lake may vary. The average size of the Lake is an area of 40 square Kilometers.
Lake Nakuru National Park from Nairobi
The drive offers you a scenic view of The Great Rift Valley through the various towns to Nakuru. Once at Nakuru, the main gate is 4 kilometers away. The park is also accessible from the Lanet Gate off the Nairobi- Nakuru road.
Via air, the park is accessible through the Naishi Airport, which operates daily flights. Therefore you can book a flight from a local airline. People prefer driving to enjoy the view of the Rift Valley.
Lake Nakuru National Park Weather
Being the highest Rift Valley lake, expect ever-changing weather from hot and humid to cold. Annually the temperatures range between 290 C Hottest) to 160C (Coldest).
There is rain in March &April and November &December. The rainfall records 760mm annually.
Lake Nakuru National Park Location
The park is found 1754 meters above sea level at the foot of The Great Rift Valley in Nakuru County, 6 kilometers from the County’s capital. Lake Nakuru National Park is on an area of 118 square kilometers.
The Lake covers 45 square kilometers with a depth of around 6 feet, which may vary depending on the season.
Lake Nakuru National Park Hotel.
There is accommodation available both within the park and its environs. Some of the safari lounges within the park are Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill, Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.
Best Time to Visit Lake Nakuru National Park.
During the dry season is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru. Due to the available green pastures, game viewing is ecstatic. Also, flamingo watching when the water level is low is the best time.
You can also visit any other time of the year, but that is the prime time to visit Lake Nakuru National Park.
Lake Nakuru National Park Safari
The Lake Nakuru national park safari covers almost every experience in the park. Transport from your residence or even the airport to the Park; Park fees and tour guide fees all-inclusive.
Also, the package covers your accommodation and even the meals to carry you through the whole time.
You can also arrange a personalized safari based on your likes and preferred activities.
Lake Nakuru National Park Animals
Lake Nakuru National Park boasts of a collection of wildlife. Some of the animals include gazelles, buffalos, Zebras, White & Black Rhinos, and leopards. The park is also a birds, giraffe, and Rhino sanctuary.
There are over 55 unique species of animals in the park ranging from hyenas, leopards, monkeys, Impalas, etc.
Lake Nakuru national park Birds
Lake Nakuru is endowed with over 500 bird species, with the majority of the birds being water birds. Some of the birds are various types of flamingoes, Egyptian goose, white pelican, etc.
This makes the park a hotspot for lovers of birds and bird watchers.
Lake Nakuru National Park Attractions
- Big four Animals - Leopard, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, and Lion
- Bird Watching – Mainly Flamingoes
- The ViewPoints- Out of Africa, Baboon cliff and Lion hill
- Makalia Waterfall
- Bush Dinners