Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is in Nakuru County under the custody of Kenya Wildlife Service. KWS classifies this park as a Premium Park alongside Amboseli National Park

It lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and is surrounded by bushy grassland.

Lake Nakuru National Park Ecosystem consists of Lake Nakuru, surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges.

The park is best known for its huge population of flamingos. It is also a sanctuary to protect the Giraffe and black and white Rhino.

Lake Nakuru

This Lake is one of the Great Rift Valley soda lakes.

Lake Nakuru is elevated 1754 m above sea level.

It has algae in abundance and hence an attraction to the famous Lake Nakuru flamingos that feed on the lake bed.

The lake is alkaline and together with the droppings of the Flamingos stimulates the growth of algae.

Lake Nakuru National Park Animals

Popular animals associated with this park include; Giraffe, White and Black Rhino, Warthog, Baboon, Waterbuck, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Python among others.

It has also a wide variety of birds starting with the flamingos, African Fish Eagle, Goliath Heron, Hamerkop, Kingfisher and Verreaux’s Eagle among others.

Lake Nakuru National Park Attraction

Why is Lake Nakuru National Park Popular? Here is why.

  • Flamingos both Lesser and Greater plus over 400 species of birds
  • A Wide variety of wildlife
  • It has 3 Viewpoints-Baboon Cliff, Out of Africa and Lion hill
  • There are several hills including Honeymoon Hill, Lion Hill Ridge, Enasoit Hill among others
  • Stunning waterfalls such as Makalia
  • A variety of habitat-it has the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, acacia woodlands, and picturesque landscape.

The Lake Nakuru Flamingos

Two types of flamingos species are found here-the lesser and the greater species. The lesser has the highest number as compared to the greater species.

The lesser species is characterized by bright white and pink coloured feathers and a strong black-tipped beak. The greater species has a bill with a black tip.

These birds are non-migratory but they can shift to other locations depending on weather and food availability.

They offer great views, especially when standing on one leg and the wind can’t stop swaying them back and forth.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Game viewing
  • Picnics and hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks along Lake Nakuru and the surrounding escarpment and waterfalls

Lake Nakuru National Park Weather & Climate

Temperatures: Day time temperatures are quite pleasant at an average of 25°C. Nights are a bit cooler and cold in the morning hence recommended wearing warmth cloth during early morning game drives.

Dry Seasons: Dry periods are from January-February and June-December. Temperatures are at an average of 25°C.

Wet Season: Wet season begins from March-May with the peak at the months of April and May

When to Visit

You can visit this park all year round. No extreme weather at any given time. However, April and May interfere with your game drives.

What to Pack on a Lake Nakuru National Park Safari

  • If you are camping please carry camping equipment.
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun

Lake Nakuru National Park Entrance Fees/Charges

The following charges apply in the park similar to those of Amboseli National Park-Premium Parks

Citizens (KES): Adult 860, Child 215
Residents (KES): Adult 1,030, Child 515
Non Residents (USD): Adult 60 Child 30

Accepted methods of payments include the M-Pesa, VISA Card, and Direct deposit to KWS bank accounts.

How to get to Lake Nakuru National Park

By Road-using the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, a distance of 156 km. You can use the Main Gate (4 km from Nakuru town) or the Lanet gate.

If from Masai Mara or Elementaita, you shall use the Nderit gate.

By Air– the Naishi airstrip is the one used for tourism purposes.

Lake Nakuru National Park Contacts

You can contact the KWS offices through

Landline: 020-2664071/020-2664079/ 020-2671686/ 020-2322886/ 051-8012070
Mobile: +254 728 355 267/ +254 728 355 207/ +254 728 355 401
Email: swlakenakuru@kws.go.ke or dicksonr@kws.go.ke

Lake Nakuru National Park Hotels and Lodges/Accommodation

Here is a recommended list of Hotels near Lake Nakuru National Park.

Happy Wildlife Safari!

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